The Search for Thermal Comfort
In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...
On an ongoing basis, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs), in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), develop programs designed to promote residential energy efficiency. In 2010, recognizing ... [continue reading]
According to DOE’s Building America program data, typical residential ductwork efficiency is about 67%. That means that if you install a 90% efficient furnace, your system efficiency would be just over 60%. Another way to look ... [continue reading]
Energy auditors use a simple, well-known approach called a utility bill disaggregation to analyze a home's overall energy use. Here's a quick summary of that technique as detailed in Krigger and Dorsey's Residential Energy: [continue reading]
Long ago, when I started in this business, I wished for a pair of glasses that I could put on to see how the air was moving. (Now I wear glasses all the time just ... [continue reading]
As the house gets tighter, the effectiveness of the ventilation system becomes increasingly critical. [continue reading]
You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, ...
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Pearl Certification are now collaborating to ensure that the Home Energy Rating System (...