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Ask an Expert – Ductless Split-System Heat Pumps (Mini-Splits)

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 in @ Home

“Would you provide information on ductless split system heat pumps?” This article is reproduced from the U.S. Department of Energy Web site. Ductless split-system heat pumps (mini splits) make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also…

Commercial HVAC: Ten Energy-Saving Technologies

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 in @ Municipalities

Key Points Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for a large percentage of building energy use. New HVAC technologies can save energy and reduce operating costs. Proper system upkeep and a well-maintained building envelope can optimize savings. Though critical to occupant comfort and employee productivity, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) use a significant amount…

Money-Saving Tips for Water Heating

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 in @ Home

Water heating accounts for nearly 20 percent of the energy costs in a typical home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). By finding ways to conserve water use and improve the efficiency of your hot water appliances and equipment, you can save substantially on your utility bills. Conserving water and energy Fix leaking…

Top Ten Home Energy Myths

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 in @ Home

Some ideas are so widely held that they appear to bear little scrutiny or even a second thought. While often factual, such common wisdom is often based on outdated or false information. Widespread misconceptions about home energy use can increase a homeowner’s energy bills, and lead to unnecessary home maintenance and reduced comfort. Here are…

Quick and Easy Tips for Lowering Your Natural Gas Use

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 in @ Municipalities

Key Points Preventive maintenance and smart operating practices can save a significant amount of energy. Low-cost upgrades can improve overall efficiency and save energy with a quick payback. Control tuning and simple setting adjustments can optimize energy savings. Proper maintenance procedures can help save money on heating in several ways. Other strategies include retrofitting or upgrading…

Fact or Fable? Ben Franklin Discovered Electricity

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 in @ Home

This is fable. Electricity was known to science long before Franklin began his famous experiments. Franklin was, however, a pioneer in the study of electricity and made many important contributions to the science. Early studies in electricity Experiments with electricity and magnetism were first conducted in ancient times. However, the founder of the modern science…

Money Saver: Clothes Dryers

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 in @ Home

Clothes dryers consume more than $100 worth of energy per year, in a typical home. The following tips will help to keep dryer energy use from spinning out of control: Dry full loads; it saves energy and saves you time. Dry towels and heavy cottons separately from lighter-weight clothes. Don’t over dry clothes. If your…

New Motor Efficiency Standards Save Energy and Money

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 in @ Municipalities

Key Points The U.S. Department of Energy recently published new motor efficiency standards. The rules cover motors sold in the U.S. and are expected to save $16 billion through 2030. The final compliance date is June 1, 2016, although there is no requirement for facilities to upgrade. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published…

Does Your Big Screen TV Equal Big Power Consumption?

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 in @ Home

The average American household has four or more television (TV) sets, according to a Nielson survey; there are now more than 115 million TV homes. Moreover, today’s high-definition, liquid crystal display (LCD), plasma and light-emitting diode (LED) flat-screen models are much thinner and lighter than the older, cathode ray tube (CRT) models, requiring no more…

Quick Tips for Lowering Natural Gas Use in Food Service Facilities

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 in @ Home, @ Work

Key Points Operational changes and low-cost retrofits can mean significant energy-cost savings in the kitchen. Dishwashing is the most significant use of hot water in a typical restaurant setting. HVAC accounts for nearly 28 percent of a typical restaurant’s energy expenses. In a typical restaurant, food preparation is responsible for more than 50 percent of all natural…