Many of you know by now I have a part time gig conducting energy assessments and energy audits for a few local power companies. Basically I help their customers who have a high bill complaint or are looking for solutions to heating and cooling problems in their homes. Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Report”
One of the questions I always ask while conducting an energy audit or assessment is if there is a build-up of frost or water vapor on any of the windows during the heating season. Usually, the answer is no. But I do occasionally get a yes, what is this piece of information telling me? Continue reading “The Energy Audit-My Moisture on Window Question”
A plug-in load is any electrical device that uses electricity that is not heating (including water heating), cooling or refrigeration. These plug-in loads account for approximately 20 percent of a home’s electricity use Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Plug In Loads”
All buildings that use a fossil fuel source for space or water heating, such as natural gas, liquid propane (lp), fuel oil or wood, have the risk of back drafting burned exhaust gasses into the structure.
Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Combution Appliance Zone (CAZ)”
As an energy auditor, I am often in homes because of high electrical bill complaints. Conducting electrical testing and calculating energy costs are part of my job. There is a formula for figuring these electrical costs. Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Ohms Law”
Summer has arrived, bringing warm temperatures and higher humidity. As a kid, I remember hot nights sleeping in the upper story of an old farm house, often also suffering from sunburn. Now, I can’t imagine not having at least one cool room in the house for relief. What a wimp I’ve become. Many homes in Minnesota have some sort of air conditioning today. This blog posting is going to discuss the different types, efficiencies, and operating costs of common air conditioners along with the basics of how they operate.
Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Air Conditioners”
I’ve talked about blower door testing several times on this blog. This discussion will dive deeper into this type of test, when it should be completed, the different tests done with the blower door, and interpreting the information. Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Blower Door Test”
Working as an energy auditor, I am often in homes that require dehumidification. Controlling the humidity level within a home is very important for indoor air quality and the durability of the home. Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Dehumidifiers”
Most of the energy audits and assessments I conduct are because of a high bill complaint. Some homes have heating related issue, some have specific equipment adding to costs, some, the homeowner just needs a little education. When looking to decrease energy costs, where are the best places save? The Department of Energy has categorized and estimated the energy used by the typical American home…
The first commercially available incandescent light bulb was a product of Thomas Edison and has been available since the late 1800’s. They remained, for the most part, unchanged for the first 100 years. Continue reading “The Energy Audit-Light Bulbs”