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 ...
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]
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]
The Hunt for Low-Hanging Fruit [continue reading]
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]
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]
If we accept the national—and local—goals of large reductions in energy use in order to mitigate climate change, how will these be accomplished? One approach is to include the costs ... [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 ...