Energy Performance to Soon Include Energy Ratings

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 23, 2017 1:37:53 PM

The most comprehensive, nationally recognized system that measures the home energy is known as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index.  But this index score has never been part of the home appraisal process – that is about to change.

 A new partnership between the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Appraisal Institute will soon include these HERS scores in appraisals.  This score is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.


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Topics: going green

New York State Wants 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 21, 2017 1:09:10 PM

New York State Public Service Commission is beginning to work through the details of the Clean Energy Standard that requires 50 percent of the state’s electricity to be provided from renewable energy sources by 2030.

 New York’s goal is similar to the 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 law adopted by the California legislature last year. The Massachusetts legislature also passed an energy bill in 2016 ensuring that by 2030, 40 percent of the state’s electricity will be provided from renewable sources, while including a major commitment to offshore wind power.

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Topics: Renewable Energy

Solar Energy Milestone: It is Now the Top U.S. New Energy Source

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 13, 2017 1:49:10 PM

For the first time, solar power is now the top new energy source and credit for the milestone goes to large commercial projects that almost doubled in 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Solar accounted for 39 percent of new power coming on to the grid, more than natural gas, wind or coal.

Part of the reason for the increase in large commercial projects was because investors were worried about the possible expiration at the end of 2015 of the federal investment tax credit. Congress eventually extended the 30 percent credit for solar projects into 2021. Solar panels have also become cheaper and more competitive with fossil fuels.

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Topics: Renewable Energy

Geothermal Strides in Iceland Could Benefit California

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 10, 2017 12:57:21 PM

In 2009, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project accidentally drilled into a magma reservoir about a mile below the surface when it was planning to construct a conventional geothermal well. As an experiment, researchers poured water down the magma well to see how much energy it could generate, and they ended up creating the most powerful geothermal well ever drilled, generating approximately 30 megawatts of power.

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Topics: Alternative fuel energy

Dematerialization and Technology:  Not always instep.

Posted by Laurie Schroeder on Mar 8, 2017 2:58:30 PM

We have become such a consumable culture- it doesn't matter if what we have is still usable, society encourages us to buy the newest and latest models of everything from cars to phones and everything in between.  

In our efforts to become more technologically advanced, we haven’t totally figured out how to be better stewards of our available environmental resources.  Attempts to ‘dematerialize’ or reduce use of natural resources through technology have not kept up with developments and improvements to many products currently being used today.

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Topics: going green

Abundant Natural Gas Changes Everything

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 3, 2017 2:28:37 PM

It is not solar, wind or even politics that knocked coal from its perch atop the US energy provider market, but natural gas.  However, there is an environmental price to pay.  Although it does not contribute to global warming as much as coal, it does contribute to an increase in CO2 emissions.

Natural gas is expected to replace not just declining coal power in the future, but also a significant portion of low-carbon nuclear power plants scheduled to close. Compared to coal, natural gas produces approximately half of the carbon emissions per unit of electricity generated than coal.

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Topics: Renewable Energy

Solar Jobs Steadily Increased in 2016 As Coal Jobs Decline

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 3, 2017 2:24:26 PM

The solar industry continued its steady and remarkable creation of new jobs in 2016 with a 25 percent increase by adding 73,000 jobs – the fourth year in a row with more than a 20 percent increase. US solar power now employs more people than oil, coal and gas combined. Meanwhile, coal jobs continued to decline. 

The results were in several reports, including one from The Solar Foundation in its annual National Solar Job Census and the other in a new report from the Department of Energy.

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Topics: Renewable Energy

Conservative Lancaster California Introduces Zero Net Energy Home Ordinance

Posted by Tom Denham on Feb 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

The city council of Lancaster, California – one of the most conservative Republican districts in the nation – has introduced the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Home Ordinance in a recent city council meeting and is moving forward with adopting the ordinance. If the ordinance is approved by the state and implemented by the city, it would make Lancaster the first ZNE city in the nation.

The ZNE ordinance mandates all builders to install a solar system equal to two watts per square foot for each home built, beginning in 2017. Builders will have three options available to comply with the City’s Zero Net Energy requirement: a solar component, mitigation fees in lieu of a solar component, or a combination of both.

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Topics: Renewable Energy

Improve Indoor Air Quality with Several Eco-Friendly Products

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Feb 2, 2017 1:31:15 PM

We all know that it is important to keep the quality of the air in the house at a prime state for the health and wellness of the entire family. There are basic steps to take such as cleaning the house, as well as having the air vents and ducts cleaned regularly, and then making sure the air filters of the HVAC system are changed as instructed.

Eco Air Filter

While changing the air filter as often as is instructed for the system maintains a more healthful environment, there is also the ability to add an ecofriendly air filter to the HVAC system to further improve the air quality of the home. There is no need to constantly worry about the further release of dust, toxins and other dangerous particles released into the air on a regular basis. There are many HEPA filters available to help improve the in-home air quality for everyone, improving our health all over the world.

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Topics: Air Quality

The Solar Power World Leader Not US or's India.

Posted by Tom Denham on Jan 4, 2017 1:35:04 PM

The leader of solar power in the world is not the United States or in Europe – it is India.

The Indian government predicts it will vastly exceed its renewable energy target agreed to at the Paris Climate Change conference last year.

India recently predicted it will generate 57 per cent of its energy through renewable sources by 2027. The target set by the conference last year was 40 percent by 2030. 

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Topics: Renewable Energy