The Evolution of Smart Home Performance and Its Benefits to the Grid
As the number of residential demand-response programs and the use of smart home technologies has grown over the last several years, an important opportunity has emerged in home performance to increase residential energy savings. Namely, ...
People who know building science often cringe when they see new construction with the same old problems. Leaky ducts, poor air sealing, improperly sized mechanical systems all seem too common. But visiting construction sites only shows part of the problem. [continue reading]
Bills are often the only communication link between a utility and its customers. As the utility industry moves into a more competitive environment, it will be more important for utilities to maintain contact with their customers and provide additional services. [continue reading]
Walking through abandoned multifamily buildings is urban spelunking. The buildings are dark, dreary, and damp. Water drips in from the roof. Pitfalls abound. One must be cautious of dark shafts and mounds of who-knows-what. H [continue reading]
Place enough lighting loggers in enough homes for a long enough time and you should get a good idea of how long people leave their lights on. [continue reading]
The opening of the electric industry to competitive forces could determine the future of low-income energy efficiency initiatives in the United States. [continue reading]
In the mid-1980s, a Georgia utility became concerned about the large number of attic insulation jobs being done for its energy-efficient home construction program that failed to meet the program's standards. [continue reading]
Historically, residential energy efficiency services have been subsidized by utility ratepayers and by taxpayers through federal and state government programs. [continue reading]
A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating ...
“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...