Masonry Heaters are Massively Comfy
You enter the house on a winter’s evening, remove your wet boots and coat. In your living room, there are a few pieces of split, dry firewood, ready to burn. You open the ...
Monitoring Results for the Factor 9 Home
Canadian building scientists and a family of four set out to build a home that uses nine times less energy than the average - and half the water. [continue reading]
Current Status of Residential Cogeneration
Almost all of our electricity is produced by large centralized power plants that supply power to the electric grid. Only one-third of the fuel energy supplied to these coal and natural gas power plants is ... [continue reading]
Which Comes First, Lighting or Heating?
How much energy and money do homeowners save - or lose - by replacing incandescent lights with CFLs? [continue reading]
Converting From Steam To Hot Water
Q . Is it feasible to retrofit cast-iron single-pipe steam radiators to work on hot water from a new combined heating/domestic hot water (DHW) system? And if so, would it ever make sense ... [continue reading]
The Chimney Balloon
Most homeowners like to have the option of using the fireplace once in a while. I operate Grading Spaces LLC, Home Inspection and Performance Analysis, serving residences in southern Wisconsin since 2002. It’s the ... [continue reading]
Do CFLs Save Whole-House Energy?
If CFLs decrease cooling loads compared to incandescents, but increase heating loads, do they save energy overall? [continue reading]
Thermostat Setbacks - Do They Really Work?
During the heating and cooling seasons of 2002ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“2003, the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) ran a series of trials to determine actual energy savings from thermostat setback and setforward. [continue reading]
A Macro Market for Micro-CHP?
With rising fuel prices and an electric grid near maximal capacity, the economic benefits of good CHP applications in mulitfamily buildings can be substantial to both the investor and the local utility. [continue reading]
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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.