Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency refers to the programs and techniques for saving or reducing energy in residential and commercial buildings.

25 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Thu, 2012-09-20 12:30

With the first day of autumn beginning September 22nd, now is the best time to implement some “green” ideas that will save both energy and money. Below is a compiled list of tips that will help you prepare for the transition to lower temperatures and more time spent indoors.

Heating and Furnace

1. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save about 2 percent on your heating bill.

Thermal Imaging Enhances Energy Audits

Mon, 2012-09-17 10:36

Before a problem can be fixed, it must be properly diagnosed. Treating symptoms without investigating the cause can be a risky proposition. Just as a doctor wouldn’t treat pain without considering the whole person to diagnose the cause, an energy auditor must perform diagnostics based on the house as a system.

Windows and Energy Efficiency

Thu, 2012-09-06 08:02

Everybody wants the corner office and the room with a view. Natural daylight and beautiful views are desirable features in any living or workspace. Windows keep us connected to the outside world. Exposure to light is important to our overall health and well-being. But, when it comes to energy efficiency and comfort, windows are often singled out as the cause of a home performance problem and an area needing improvement. What does this mean for energy efficient design and our beloved windows? Can we get the light without the heat in the summer?

Why Energy Efficiency?

Wed, 2012-08-08 10:20

The introduction of energy efficient practices and standards has greatly promoted a burgeoning energy future that consists of energy and environmental conservation. Energy efficiency has allowed individuals, businesses, and governments to maximize both monetary savings and the utilization of alternative energy sources. As energy efficiency continues to increase in scope and importance, it will be necessary to understand its significance. 

Here are several reasons why energy efficiency is important:

Energy Efficiency Saves Money

U.S. Energy Use Increases

Tue, 2011-11-15 16:26

The federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published the results of its annual worldwide study, which showed that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane continue to rise in Earth’s atmosphere. Gases attributed to human activity jumped 29% since 1990. This goes to show one example where human activity has been documented and proven to reduce overall air quality.

Overview of Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Mon, 2010-11-15 08:31

Attention Workforce Development Agencies, Employers, Business/Industry, and Professional Organizations:

Webinar: An Overview of Renewable Energy and Sustainability
November 30th, 2010 at 4pm EST

Energy Efficiency CFLs Face Fight in Washington

Thu, 2010-09-16 08:08

Compact Florescent Lightbulbs. Ah, the CFL. I’m willing to bet that ten years ago you could throw a brick at a Green Peace summit and not hit a single individual who knew the meaning of that now ubiquitous acronym. What was once a cutting edge, albeit non-traditional, way to light your home or your business has undeniably become the poster product of the green movement. And while true sustainability champions might caution us against the simplicity of the argument, we’ve all heard it, probably heeded it, and you have to admit – it is a start: “Be Green.

New Windows: Are They Worth It?

Mon, 2010-04-05 08:21

Here’s the pitch:

“Your old, leaky windows are sucking heat and energy out of your house. Keeping those ancient money hogs is like throwing your hard-earned dollars in the trash. Install shiny, new, energy-efficient units in your walls, and all your energy bill will be slashed in half.”

This message is conveyed to us in commercials, magazine articles, political speeches, and by that guy in the home improvement store.

The Myth of High Efficiency Furnaces

Fri, 2010-04-02 12:12

Green Myths Debunked is an interesting CNN feature. While I don't agree with all of the myths (there's one that says that urban trees create pollution), I think that number 15, eco-friendly heating, hits the nail on the head.

Unintended Consequence of Energy Efficient Windows: Melting Siding

Thu, 2010-02-04 22:14

WCNC reported a local story about the unintended consequences of energy-efficient windows. Apparently, someone's windows are actually melting the siding on the house next door!