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10 Major Energy Retrofits

The best time to make major energy retrofits (also called deep energy retrofits) is during a renovation. This is when you’re making major changes to the building, and probably getting a building permit. Ideally, the house will be vacant during this process. Here are 10 major energy retrofits that should be part of every home renovation job. 10 Major Energy[…]Read more

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All That’s Old is New Again – Super-insulation then and now

John Krigger has practiced home performance and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. Over that time he’s collected a lot of research papers and articles.. We were doing some house cleaning recently and came across some of these older articles and papers in a filing cabinet. Many of them date back to the early[…]Read more

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New Construction Guide for Alaska

Building Energy Efficient in Alaska We at Saturn are pleased to announce a new project with the Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP) to republish their excellent new-construction manual, Northern Comfort. Northern Comfort is all about building heavily insulated homes in Alaska. In Alaska’s climates, you need a lot of insulation and an airtight building shell to[…]Read more

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Energy Standards: Common sense Basics

Our Current Energy Standards-Making Process Engineers and other contributors often write national energy standards, or change them without a clear idea of the desired benefits or the unintended consequences. The process of updating standards resembles software updates. The updates aren’t so much designed for the user’s benefits but for the income of the updating organization.[…]Read more

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Looking for a career in Energy?

As energy costs rise, and there are increasing reports of climate change, the world is becoming more aware of the need to conserve energy and lower the carbon footprint. With both residential homes and businesses requiring the help of professionals to reduce energy consumption and save money, the demand for certified energy auditors is growing[…]Read more

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Green Mobile Homes – A legitimate investment akin to a savings account

News promoting investment in a mobile home as a legitimate energy and money saving strategy is the focus of my blog post today.  With no further ado, I recommend reading these great articles on the topic.   Study: Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Generate Economic Stability According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), green[…]Read more

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10 Ways to make your Mobile Home more Energy Efficient

Save energy in your mobile home by following these simple tips Mobile Home Roof & Ceiling Starting from the top down there are many changes you can make to your mobile home to save energy and cut the cost of fuel and electricity bills. Some changes are easy and inexpensive, some may take a little work,[…]Read more

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Energy Efficiency and You

According to Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, energy efficiency is “using less energy to provide the same service”. We all strive for energy efficiency for different reasons. Maybe you want to reduce your impact on the environment, or to simply lower your power bills. Regardless of your reasons, you can save energy and money by following a[…]Read more

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The Future of Energy

Good Decisions are Important to Our Energy Future There’s a problem for the future.  Solving our energy crisis requires making good decisions and avoiding bad ones. Fortunately the right decisions are good for the economy. They’re good for carbon reduction and good for resource conservation. As with many problems, the simplest solutions win out over[…]Read more

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Biomass Energy Choices

I’m annoyed when renewable energy trumps energy conservation in the media, and nowhere is this tendency more prevalent than with liquid bio-fuels. Biomass Energy Efficiency To make a gallon of ethanol, start with 23 pounds of corn with a potential energy of about 185,000 BTUs. Add 40,000 to 80,000 BTUs of fossil energy per gallon[…]Read more