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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 8, 2010
Tomorrow I'm going to the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable meeting on the topic of 'Georgia's Solar Future,' which got me to thinking about my friend and fellow HERS rater class instructor Mike Barcik's 5 step program for solar energy. Here it is:
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Wizard Stick, a great device to find air leaks with a Blower Door (photo from Educational Innovations website)
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 7, 2010
A great new tool for home performance diagnostic testing has come onto the market - the Wizard Stick. It's basically a small, handheld theatrical fog machine that uses the same non-toxic fluid as its larger, more prolific brethren.
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home energy auditor certification course certificate
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 5, 2010
If you visit a lot of home energy efficiency related websites, as I do, and look around at the ads on those pages, you may notice quite a few that are selling various home energy auditor certifications. Unless they're offering training that leads to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) or...
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disconnected hard pipe duct
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 2, 2010
It's Friday afternoon and time for some fun, so let's take a look at the four types of duct leakage.
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electric resistance (strip) heat
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 1, 2010
You can turn electricity into heat at an efficiency of 100%! Every kilowatt-hour of electricity in turns into one kilowatt-hour of heat out. That sounds pretty good, doesn't it? The truth, however, is that electric resistance heat (toasters, baseboard heaters, and the supplemental heat in many heat...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on March 31, 2010
1. If you want to save energy, the first thing you should do is weatherstrip your doors and caulk your windows. Not true. Your house has much bigger holes than those.
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Heating consumption graph for home improvements financed with an energy efficient mortgage
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 30, 2010
As a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Provider, I check the home energy ratings that my raters do. Recently one of the EVER raters, Jason Payne of Structured Energies, completed a rating project for a homeowner who was financing home energy efficiency improvements with an Energy Efficient Mortgage...
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Fiberglass batt insulation is a poor choice because of its inability to do the job.
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 29, 2010
I'm one of those rare people who actually likes to go into crawl spaces. I strap on my knee pads, put on my head lamp, grab my camera, and go have fun. Well, perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit, but I really do like seeing what kind of horror stories I can find to add to my collection. The problem is I'...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on March 27, 2010
Last month I gave a presentation at the RESNET Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on the topic of the Energy Eficient Mortage (EEM) - where it stands now, what the barriers to its use are, where it might be going, and what the other options are. My co-presenter was Geoff Ferland of Ecolend in...
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home energy efficiency monthly energy use graph
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 26, 2010
I've analyzed and improved the energy efficiency of numerous homes. The starting point is, of course, the analysis because you want to put your efforts—and your dollars—where they're going to generate the best results.
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