K-tect Panels for Energy-Efficient Homes

K-tect Sustainable Building Systems makes a wall system that the company calls the “newest generation of structural insulated panels.”  Although not a sandwich panel, the system is kind of like rSTUD but different and more comprehensive.  K-tect includes a light-gauge, metal-stud frame with insulation in a thermally broken assembly (see below) that improves thermal efficiency and controls noise.

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By |August 26th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Materials|3 Comments

Vivint Upgrades Home Energy Offering

Yesterday Tendril and Vivint, formerly APX Alarm, announced a partnership to connect Vivint Go!Control home devices with Tendril’s home energy management technology.  The partnership is designed to give customers with a home security system the added ability to learn more about their energy use and control energy consumption.

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By |August 17th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Technology|1 Comment

Building Integrated Solar Hot Water by GLE

Michigan-based Great Lakes Electric has a solar hot water product with evacuated tubes that allows for creative building-integrated solar hot water.  By releasing the restriction of roof mounting, as with typical solar hot water products, GLE’s unit allows for more innovative placement and ends the worries of roof penetrations and units looking like large black rooftop tarps.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Solar|0 Comments

How to Air Seal Recessed Can Lights

A smart homeowner can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs with proper sealing and insulating, according to EnergyStar.gov.  Assuming the air-sealed home has sufficient and adequate ventilation, air sealing is supposed to reduce energy costs and improve indoor comfort.  One area that typically needs attention is recessed lighting.  In the video above, Yves Vetter of Vesta Home Performance, explains how to seal a can light from below.

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By |August 2nd, 2011|Energy Efficiency|5 Comments

Pilot Users Satisfied with Energy Displays

As it turns out, with near real-time feedback, most electricity consumers will take action to reduce energy usage, according to information released by CenterPoint Energy.  CenterPoint conducted a pilot program with 300 Texas customers using a simple in-home display (IHD) wirelessly connected to a smart meter.  Consumers used the IHD to obtain electricity usage data and a forecast of monthly usage and costs, spurring them to turn off lights, adjust the indoor temperature, and switch to energy-saving light bulbs.

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By |July 28th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|4 Comments

Philips: “Stock Up Now!” On Edison Bulbs

Watch this video.  It’s a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”).  Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available.

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By |July 21st, 2011|Energy Efficiency, News|5 Comments