“Measure Where All Your Power Is Being Used: Parts 1, 2, and 3”
Jack Deslippe says, “If you’re determined enough, you can track down every fraction of a watt that is being used in your home.” The catch? “A lot of it is hidden in unexpected places: outlets, transformers, garage door receivers, and other hard-to-measure places.”
While Deslippe works for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, his article was done at his home in his spare time.
What you didn’t know about him: "I really love gadgets and the idea of buildings filled with automation products that, by necessity, draw power."
Author Dave Grieshop is now in his postretirement years and focused on efficient hot-water delivery. During this time, though, he’s had one of the most memorable moments of his career. “It was the realization that water takes more energy per unit mass to heat than any other substance on the earth—except one.”
What you didn’t know about him: “I have a passion for helping high school juniors and seniors understand money, debt, and opportunity costs, because their entire lives will be greatly shaped by such understanding and how they deal with it.”
"ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users"
After you read Ernest Grodner’s article this month, he suggests “a strong black coffee with a butter croissant.” The coffee is to keep those who try insolation measurement awake. The croissant? “It’ll give the required calories when climbing on top of the roof,” he says.
As a nuclear physicist, Grodner has had a very memorable career. The highlight being the day that he and his colleagues discovered nuclear chirality. "The subject relates to time-reversal symmetry and time-travel possibility."
What you didn’t know about him: "The art of filmmaking is my muse."
"Hidden Benefit of Home Performance: Increased Home Value"
This month, author Tim Miller discusses how owners of energy-efficient homes have an advantage when it comes time to sell. “Home performance actually increases home value,” he says.
Miller is the CEO of Clean Energy Works, which hit 4,000 home performance upgrades in January.
What you didn’t know about him: "Before recently, my main focus was starting a high-efficiency vehicle company."
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