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: Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

Author: Alan Meier
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November 03, 2010

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and nowhere is this adage truer than with the assurance of a manufacturer’s compliance with energy efficiency standards and endorsement programs. If any ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: ERVs Get The Yellow Flag

Author: Max Sherman
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September 01, 2010

As we make homes tighter, we need to provide ventilation, which costs energy. One way to reduce the energy impact of that ventilation is to use an air-to-air heat recovery system. A heat recovery ventilator (... [continue reading]

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July/August 2010 Editorial: A Cottage Industry with High Electricity Use

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 2010

Can growing marijuana change the way homes use electricity? In rural Humboldt County, in far-northern California, there’s no doubt that it can. Figure 1 tracks average monthly residential electricity use in Humboldt County and ... [continue reading]

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May/June 2010 Editorial: Targeting the High Users

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 2010

The Hunt for Low-Hanging Fruit [continue reading]

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March/April 2010 Editorial: Home Energy Monitors

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 2010

Home Energy Monitors, that is, devices that display a home’s energy consumption have been touted as Silicon Valley’s contribution to the national energy conservation effort. A Home Energy Monitor (or HEM) ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: LEDs: Avoiding the CFL Debacle

Author: Alan Meier
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January 06, 2010

The lighting efficacies of LEDs have been rising steadily and are poised to overtake CFLs. Fluorescents and CFLs still outshine LEDs with respect to general applications and cost of light, but LEDs are already superior ... [continue reading]

Do Low Flow Showerheads Save Water?

Bill Gauley and John Koeller

Do Low Flow Showerheads Save Water?

Did you know that the average shower lasts 7.8 minutes?

The Elephant in the Room

Jim Gunshinan

The Elephant in the Room

Last week I attended the annual Home Performance Coalition (HPC) Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. (Along with 1,900 other people!)

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