Living Better with Less Energy
At times, the solutions to our problems are hiding in plain sight. Sometimes the hardest part is taking the time to examine things that we assume don’t need to be examined. Consider my ...
Assessing The Integrity Of Electrical Wiring
Dense-pack cellulose insulation is a very useful and cost-effective technique for lowering both conductive and convective heat losses in a variety of housing types. [continue reading]
To Russia With Blower Doors
Russia may soon be the scene of one of the world's largest building energy retrofit projects, designed by the Russian government with support from the World Bank and other agencies. [continue reading]
Energy Savings Rise High In Multifamily Buildings
Air sealing, heating systems, air conditioners, domestic hot water, lighting, fuel bill analysis, customer education.... Sounds like a typical issue of Home Energy. [continue reading]
The Best Boiler and Water Heating Retrofits
When the Minneapolis Energy Office (now the Center for Energy and Environment) first addressed the issue of improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings in 1981, the task was a little daunting. [continue reading]
Air Sealing in Low-Rise Buildings
Multifamily buildings vary widely. They range from houses divided into three apartments to 500-unit high rises. So a weatherization project must be tailored to fit the personality of the building. [continue reading]
Bright Prospects for Lighting Retrofits
The replacement of incandescent lighting--particularly hallway fixtures and exit signs that consume electricity 8,760 hours a year in many multifamily buildings--with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) yields substantial energy savings and should be easy to promote. [continue reading]
The Key to Persistence
In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we looked at the savings persistence from equipment retrofits that Citizens Conservation Corporation (CCC) installed in low-income apartment buildings over the past decade. [continue reading]
Using Fuel Bills for a Targeted Investment
Since most apartment dwellers are renters, the first goal is to sort out who pays the bills for what fuels. [continue reading]
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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.