Editorial: Climate Change and Garage Door Openers
California just approved legislation requiring all new garage door openers to have battery backups, so that doors would open even when electricity service is interrupted. The legislation—SB 969—sailed through with almost no ...
An article in this issue, "Boosting Multifamily Energy Savings Through Lighting Control Settings" (page 38), has implications beyond dramatic savings in stairwells in apartment buildings. Ostensibly the article is about proper settings for motion sensors and ... [continue reading]
All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population ... [continue reading]
Since 2010, residential electricity consumption has been almost constant, but were technical efficiency improvements or the recession the principal cause? [continue reading]
Most of us will agree that it’s technically feasible to build homes that consume dramatically less energy than today’s typical home. And in most locations we can build a home that ... [continue reading]
We all have stories about losing power in our home for several hours—or days—and many people suspect that power interruptions are becoming more frequent. They may be right; unfortunately, the utility ... [continue reading]
As I write this editorial in early October, the outcome of the election remains uncertain. That’s just fine, because it allows me to offer early advice to whichever candidate wins. Here are some ... [continue reading]
New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line óBy RMI's Alisa Petersen
If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically ...
Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to ...