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What Drives Cooling Savings in Mobile Homes?

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July 01, 1996

It's cooling season, and if statistics are any indication, utilities, energy technicians, and HVAC contractors will be spending more time than usual dealing with mobile homes this summer. [continue reading]

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Cooling By the Stars

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May 01, 1996

An innovative way to cool houses has recently been tried at two sites in California. It's called night evaporative underfloor cooling storage (NEUCS). [continue reading]

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Installing and Maintaining Evaporative Coolers

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May 01, 1996

Evaporative coolers cost only one-tenth to one-fourth as much to operate as refrigeration air conditioning and are much cheaper to buy ($400-$800). This makes them an excellent option, particularly in hot, dry areas of the country. [continue reading]

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Air Conditioner Shading Shows Minimal Savings

Author: Ted Rieger
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September 01, 1995

A study by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) on the effects of shading outdoor air conditioner condensers indicates that energy savings benefits are modest at best--less than 5%. [continue reading]

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Multifamily Retrofit, Southern Style

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September 01, 1995

Multifamily buildings in warm climates often use a lot of electricity for air conditioning, presenting excellent opportunities for energy savings. [continue reading]

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Bigger is Not Better: Sizing Air Conditioners Properly

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May 01, 1995

A colleague of ours (we will call him Bill) approached us at a conference seeking advice on selecting an air conditioner for his renovated home. Our recommendations included, "Be sure that the cooling load is calculated and that the air conditioner is sized to that load." [continue reading]

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Targeting Residential Conservation Measures

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September 01, 1994

Space cooling is a major contributor to electric utility peak loads in the Southwest. [continue reading]

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Ground-Source Heat Pumps Gaining Ground

Author: Ted Rieger
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July 01, 1994

Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs), also called geothermal heat pumps or ground-coupled heat pumps, are gaining popularity as efficient space-conditioning systems. [continue reading]

Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance

Scott Mellberg

Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance

Homeowners are often aware of the different problems they experience in their homes: uncomfortable rooms, high utility bills, poor indoor ...

Short-term thinking 'putting energy security at risk'

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Short-term thinking 'putting energy security at risk'

The Deputy Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Katja Hall told the CBI Energy Conference on July 17th ...

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