Solar Power isn't Feasible!

Solar Power isn't Feasible!
This cartoon was on the cover of the book "SolarGas" by David Hoye. It echoes the Sharp Solar slogan "Last time I checked nobody owned the sun!"

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Residential Energy Efficiency 101

Residential Energy Efficiency 101

The following video vignettes first appeared in a training program Frank Di Massa and I developed to instruct electric utility Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) but the information can be used by anyone that wants to learn about home energy efficiency, utility bill reduction and smart shopping for home improvement. The complete PowerPoint presentation contains additional information; for availability please contact Frank at (707)837-0956.

Slide 1: Hot Goes to Cold - Summer
Delta T = Temperature Difference

Slide 2: Winter

Slide 3: CFM In = CFM Out
Exhaust Fans
Fireplace - Natural Convection

Slide 4: Attic Insulation
Depth of Insulation
R-Value (Resistance to Heat Loss) increases with thickness

Slide 5: Insulating Knee Walls

Slide 6: Baffles for Recessed Ceiling Lights

Slide 7: Proper Attic Ventilation

Slide 8: Attic Ventilation Turbines

Slide 9: Weatherstipping and Caulking

Slide 10: Windows & Comfort

Slide 11: Sunlight
Ultraviolet, Visible Spectrum, Infrared

Slide 12: Window Terminology/Performance
U-Value/Heat Loss through window/Low Value is Best

Slide 13: Window Terminology/Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
Low value means lower cooling requirements

Slide 14: Window Terminology/Visible Light Transmittance (VLT)
Higher is better

Slide 15: Window Terminology/Air Leakage
Cubic Feet/Minute/Square Foot
Lower is better

Slide 16: Efficient Window Have These Features

Slide 17: Shading Windows

Slide 18: Plant a Shade Tree

Slide 19: UV Light Damages Fabrics
High performance windows cut damaging UV rays to nearly zero

Slide 20: Refrigeration Loop

Slide 21: Air Conditioning
High SEER, Proper Sizing and Tight Ducts lead to high performance and savings

Slide 22: Air Conditioning - How it Works

Slide 23: Ducting Basics

Slide 24: Programmable Thermostat can save energy and $s

Slide 25: Use a Room Fan and set TStat lower in the summer

Slide 26: Incandescent versus Compact Fluorescent

Slide 27: Incandescent versus CFL

Slide 28: T8 Linear Fluorescent is more efficient than T12

Slide 29: Refrigerator Energy Use

Slide 30: EnergyStar Refrigerator Saves Money

Slide 31: EnergyStar Refrigerator Makes Sense

Slide 32: Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

Slide 33: Purchase Front Loading Horizontal Axis EnergyStar Model
Saves Water
Leads to less drying time

Slide 34: Laundry - Purchase EnergyStar

Slide 35: EnergyStar Dishwasher - Use Energy Saver Setting

Slide 36: CRT Monitors are Out/LCD are in
Turn it off when its not in use - I do

Slide 37: Solar Pool Heating
Saves Natural Gas and can extend swimming season

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