Editorial: My Apartment in Tokyo

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Editorial: My Apartment in Tokyo

Every time I visit Japan I learn something new, and my most recent trip was no exception. This time I stayed in an apartment, which exposed me to several new energy-related devices. First, what’...

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Editorial: Milk, Melons, and Smaller Refrigerators

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 2006

        One seemingly irreversible trend in American homes is the growing refrigerator. This is particularly puzzling because the average household size is shrinking. What do people put in there? We ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: In Praise of Weatherization

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September 01, 2005

Home Energy receives dozens of e-mails each month from people who find out about us through our Web site, maybe read an article or two from our archives, and write us about problems they are ... [continue reading]

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My Discouraging Visit to Costco

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 1999

A new Costco recently opened near my home and I--with family in tow--had to inspect its huge aisles chock-a-block full of megasize detergent containers and diapers by the ton. While the kids were distracted by the toys and free food samples, my attention turned to the appliances. [continue reading]

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Will Global Warming Rekindle HERS?

Author: Alan Meier
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September 01, 1999

Home energy rating programs aren't booming, but they are slowly--very slowly--taking root in both North America and Europe. The birthing process has proven to be much longer and more painful than most people expected. Despite efforts in several countries, these programs have influenced only a tiny, if not insignificant, fraction of home sales. [continue reading]

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An Instructive Breeze from Ceiling Fans

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1999

It may come as a surprise that there are more than 150 million ceiling fans in the United States. In Florida alone, the best estimate is 30 million. Nobody knows how much electricity ceiling fans use, but in warm climates (like Florida) a home's ceiling fan energy use may equal that of its refrigerator. [continue reading]

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An Instructive Breeze from Ceiling Fans

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1999

It may come as a surprise that there are more than 150 million ceiling fans in the United States. In Florida alone, the best estimate is 30 million. Nobody knows how much electricity ceiling fans use, but in warm climates (like Florida) a home's ceiling fan energy use may equal that of its refrigerator. [continue reading]

Electric Vehicles Can Benefit All Utility Customers

Luke Tonachel

Electric Vehicles Can Benefit All Utility Customers

Despite the Trump administration’s apparent affection for the fossil fuels industry, individual states are looking at the numbers ...

Preliminary Energy Savings Announced for ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard

Jodi Scott

Preliminary Energy Savings Announced for ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard

More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of Standard 90.1, according to recent analysis conducted by Pacific ...

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