The Curse of the TRC

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The Curse of the TRC

Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs

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Collaborative Makes Efficiency Programs Efficient

Author: Greg Dalhoff
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January 01, 1996

For the past three years, state and utility low-income programs promoting energy efficiency in Iowa have collaborated, extending their reach and saving themselves and their customers money. [continue reading]

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Duct Improvement in the Northwest Part I: New Construction and Retrofit

Author: Ted Haskell
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January 01, 1996

In the Northwest, energy losses in forced-air systems average 25%-30% in electrically heated homes, with some homes being significantly worse. [continue reading]

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Duct Improvement in the Northwest Part II: Mobile Homes

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January 01, 1996

Although the thermal shell of the typical mobile home has changed radically over the last 30 years, the air distribution system has not. The walls have gone from 2 x 2 framing with an R-4 fiberglass batt to 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 walls with a high-density R-21 batt (codes vary from state to state). [continue reading]

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Advancing the Art of PRISM Analysis

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July 01, 1995

Since the original version of PRISMÃ(PRInceton Scorekeeping Method, developed and copyrighted by Princeton University) was released in 1986, it has been used by utilities, private companies, government agencies, and universities to estimate energy savings from conservation programs. [continue reading]

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Coming Soon: "Interactive" Home Energy Management

Author: Jim Hammett
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May 01, 1995

Hundreds of households across the country are participating in pilot tests of interactive energy management systems, while utilities are getting a better picture of how the systems actually work in residential buildings. [continue reading]

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Defrosting Refrigerator Data

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May 01, 1995

We now have a better idea of the energy use of older refrigerators, thanks to utility programs nationwide that pick up second refrigerators. [continue reading]

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SMUD Customers Pay a Premium to be PV Pioneers

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May 01, 1995

Sacramento residents are signing up in droves to pay a 15% premium (about $3-$7 per month) on their electric bill, in exchange for the pleasure of hosting tiny utility power plants on their roofs. [continue reading]

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Wisconsin's "Orphan" Solar Program

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May 01, 1995

In July 1993, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Public Energy Systems (PES) began to evaluate the condition of existing Solar Domestic Hot Water (SDHW) systems as a precursor to a New Install Demand-Side Management (DSM) program. [continue reading]

Converging Trends

Rick Barnett

Converging Trends

Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalition†supporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from ...

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Shawna Henderson

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Keeping track of what's going on in the world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge.

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