Energy Efficiency

R-Value is a Lie (And Other Provocative Titles)

by Erik North on August 21, 2013

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    Or at least as Allison Bailes posted earlier this year, it is not a constant. Green Building Advisor once published my post on thermal bridging. The audience there is an extraordinarily knowledgeable one which leads to some spirited discussions. Following the thermal bridging article, there was some jockeying over whether R-value is an […]

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    Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. There have been others with a similar magnitude of issues. But this house had built in 2008, which some folks thinks signifies no worries. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re […]

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Is R-Value Dead as a Dodo?

by Erik North on November 28, 2012

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    Once upon a time, house insulation meant an extra sweater and stop your damn complaining. Men were men, women were women, and cats and dogs were cats and dogs, I assume. There were heat retention and heating features built into houses, things like double back plaster walls or central chimneys. But until the […]

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Think of Your House As a Bathtub…Full of Heat

by Erik North on October 17, 2012

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    One of my posts on dual flush toilets was recently published on Green Building Advisor. The post was on heat absorbed by cold water in the toilet tank. The broader point was how complex and interconnected a house’s thermodynamics are. But for anyone who does not have some high end energy modeling software […]

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In A Peak Oil World, Live Like An Island Castaway

by Erik North on October 8, 2012

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  Peak oil is one of the most contentious energy topics out there. Just do a Google search to see what I mean. Because it is about oil and the idea that there is a limit to this geological jackpot, it falls squarely in the cross-hairs of a few highly dogmatic ideologies. For some, peak […]

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Can Switching to a Dual Flush Toilet Save Heat?

by Erik North on August 10, 2012

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  First off, my wife just joked that I used a photo of a ‘male’ bathroom. Seat up and two rolls of toilet paper. Regarding the heat savings, we’ll see…I haven’t done the math yet. But it is a minor claim occasionally made alongside those of saving toilet water. Dual flush or low flow toilets […]

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  As an aside, peak oil in it’s own way got me into the energy profession…long story. What is peak oil? And why does it produce such a polarized response when you bring it up? I mean, seriously…Google “peak oil” and randomly pick a few sites. They all either tout peak oil as the ecological […]

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Energy Efficiency Links

by Erik North on April 9, 2012

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  Go here to see a real ‘chainsaw retrofit’ of a house. Oooh…just about everyone in the energy fields has wanted to see a real ‘Chainsaw’ retrofit. Well, Green Building Advisor had a chance to visit the site of one. Start your Stihl! The List Energy modeling is not very accurate. Why do we do […]

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  Greetings…today brings our first guest post from the folks at EnergyLink in Columbia, MO. And here we go… In today‚Äôs downturned economy, it is no secret that right now may not be the best time to put your home on the market. However, home sellers do not always have the time to let a […]

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PACE – That’s Property Assessed Clean Energy

by Erik North on March 7, 2012

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  As an energy guy, I have no bias at all on the topic of PACE or Property Assessed Clean Energy loans. It’s the unequivocally greatest thing ever thus explaining the new expression, ‘the best thing since PACE loans.’ So I’m a lot biased. But what is so cool about PACE financing and why do […]

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