Posts Tagged ‘ACEEE’

TVs, Computers, X-Boxes, and Phantom Loads

September 21, 2009

Something we should talk more about–the tremendous increase we continue to see in residential residential use as we add a plethora of electronic gadgets to our daily lives.  Many of these–TVs, game consols, cable boxes–use a lot of energy even when not in use or “off”.   The NYTimes wrote yesterday Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity about the issue.  What they didn’t mention is that in the face of this growing use why it is now even more important to look at other ways to save energy in the home to offset this (or figure out where we’re going to build the 560 coal-fired plants to meet the demand–and how we’d like to pay for it!).

This is a thread we’ll have to come back to.

Thanks,
Mike

From the Water Forum

June 10, 2009

Whew–homes and multifamily buildings sure have a long way to go in terms of both water-efficiency and hot water efficiency.  So much of the water the typical home pays to heat gets lost down the drain after it’s cooled in the pipes and waiting for more hot water to arrive.   Ever turn on the hot water tap in the morning and what 20 seconds for hot water?  40 seconds?  A couple of minutes?  It shouldn’t be that way.  Waiting and wasting: two problems that can be greatly reduced by proper equipment choices, placement, and plumbing.   Easier in new construction BEFORE goofy piping runs are in place,  but existing homes can also benefits from tweaking (or overhauls!).

Thanks,
Mike

ACEEE Hot Water Forum

June 8, 2009

I’m meeting with industry experts and utilities today at the ACEEE Hot Water Forum on new water heating technologies and iniatives–a good part of the conversation will be about solar hot water.  I’ll let you know if anything interesting comes up.

Thanks,
Mike

Energy-Efficient Clothes Washer

May 9, 2009

I must be a one-man stimulus package for appliance manufacturers.  First the dishwasher—now the clothes washer. Of course, “Mr. Energy” (as my wife calls me) went with an ENERGY STAR qualifying front loader.  This particular Bosch model got good ratings for getting the clothes clean (seems kind of important in a washer).  And yes, I scoured the EnergyGuide  labels before buying.  The bottom line: it gets my clothes clean with less water, has a higher capacity so I can wash the same amount of clothes in fewer loads, and it seems gentler on the fabric.  It is on the very low end of the spectrum in terms of energy use so I save energy and money with every load.  This is also another case where energy-efficiency also means quieter operation.  The whole family likes it.

Check out ENERGY STAR, ACEEE, and Consumer Reports before taking the plunge.  Choose wisely and let the savings pay for the appliance over time!

Thanks,
Mike


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