How Can a Homeowner Gain “Energy Independence”?

Global Energy Independence Day is an annual celebration in July. While scientists around the world study how to make countries and cities energy independent, this day may not have much meaning to an individual homeowner. However, energy independence is important and possible for your home.   What is energy independence?   Attaining energy independence means that a system can fulfill its own energy needs. This can mean avoiding reliance on non-renewable energy sources or focusing on energy efficiency. A completely self-sustaining system is the

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Air Conditioning Appreciation Days

As we begin to heat up for the summer up here in New Hampshire, southern states have already been well into the nineties with formidable humidity levels. July 3rd marks the beginning of the national “Air Conditioning Appreciation Days,” which span until August 15th. It serves as a reminder of what a luxury that a cool indoor climate during this season is. It may be hard to remember a time where air conditioning was not a given, but it has

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Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

November 30 is Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day. This day is the opposite of sick days—enjoy health and wellness instead of only staying at home because you’re physically suffering. For many people, an occasional day at home relaxing can have benefits for mental and physical health, especially if your home has good air quality. Many psychiatrists and doctors see the benefits of staying home without being sick. An occasional “mental health day” allows you to process stress and

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Conversion Calculators

If you need to convert measurement units, use one of these handy calculators to make it easy. Length From: To: meter [m]centimeter [cm]millimeter [mm]yard [yd]foot [ft]inch [in] meter [m]centimeter [cm]millimeter [mm]yard [yd]foot [ft]inch [in] Result: Weight From: To: kilogram [kg]gram [g]pound [lb]ounce [oz] kilogram [kg]gram [g]pound [lb]ounce [oz] Result: Temperature From: To: kelvin [K]degree Celsius [°C]degree Fahrenheit [°F] kelvin [K]degree Celsius [°C]degree Fahrenheit [°F] Result: Flow From: To: cubic foot/minute [ft^3/min]cubic foot/second [ft^3/s]cubic meter/second [m^3/s]cubic meter/hour [m^3/h]cubic meter/minutecubic centimeter/hourcubic centimeter/minutecubic centimeter/second cubic foot/minute [ft^3/min]cubic foot/second [ft^3/s]cubic meter/second [m^3/s]cubic meter/hour [m^3/h]cubic meter/minutecubic centimeter/hourcubic centimeter/minutecubic centimeter/second Result: Calculators provided by UnitConversion.org – the ultimate unit conversion resource.


Overcoming Shortfalls of Natural Ventilation by Using Mechanical Ventilation

A well-ventilated home or building is important for the health and comfort of those who live in them, as well as longevity of the structure itself. While natural ventilation is an option, it presents some challenges that mechanical ventilation systems are able to avoid. When considering your home or building’s ventilation system and possibilities for improvement, be sure to take into account the shortfalls of natural ventilation. Issues with Airflow A notable shortfall of natural ventilation is the difficulty in controlling the building’s airflow. A

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Another Reason to Get an Energy Audit this Summer: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Does your air conditioner kick into high gear in the summer? Is all that cool air staying inside or is it leaking out and pulling hot outdoor air in? A summer home energy audit is an excellent way to stay comfortable and identify issues with home energy efficiency. An energy audit is also an opportunity to boost indoor air quality since home energy performance and home air health are closely linked. Let’s explore some common home performance issues, the impact on

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3 Cool Products I Saw at the Passive House Conference in NYC

Originally Posted Here Last month I attended the conference of the North American Passive House Network in New York City. They had a really nice trade show, and I got to spend some time talking to the vendors. It’s always nice to see what’s going at these events because I’m starting to come around to Joe Lstiburek’s way of thinking. At the 2013 Building Science Summer Camp, he said, “Passive House is the only place where real innovation is happening.” Here are the three products

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WELL Building Standard

The WELL Building Standard addresses occupant behaviors, building design, and operations within the building with great consideration to the health and well being of occupants. WELL is a system that was developed to measure, monitor, and certify features of the built environment that impact occupants. WELL standards were developed by studying the connection between different building elements and behavioral factors and the health and wellness of occupants. WELL Building Factors There are seven main factors that are measured and reviewed when evaluating buildings and

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Deep Energy Retrofits Made Affordable with California’s PACE Program

Most older homes in the United States lack adequate insulation and air sealing, according to ENERGY STAR. Air leaks drive up utility bills and can cause discomfort from drafts and uneven temperatures. With rising energy costs, many California homeowners are air sealing and insulating their homes to keep heating and cooling costs down. Property assessed clean energy (PACE) is a means of finance energy-saving home improvement projects in California through property tax bills, making it affordable to many homeowners. Air sealing a home

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Proud Green Home in Wildwood, Missouri

Originally posted on motherearthliving.com here The lower Midwest is known for its hot humid summers and frigid cold winters. New homes need both a heating and cooling strategy in this climate. In the summer, it’s common to have one or two areas in a house be uncomfortably warm, requiring the air conditioning system to be boosted to promote comfort. In leaky older homes, air infiltrates through cracks in the building envelope, making it difficult to control the purity of indoor air

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