After another summer of heat waves, humidity, and sweat, we are due for a cool down in the DMV region. Before you start to crank that heat up and make fall plans, plan to prepare your home to withstand changing conditions in an efficient way. Here are a few DIY steps you can take: Inspect furnace– The furnace needs to be routinely inspected and kept clean, especially before frequent use in the fall
The pandemic has been a disrupted markets and industries throughout the global economy causing job loss, food shortages, and even increases in homelessness. The pandemic has also completely changed where and how we work. This has shifted where employees are using energy to work. Researchers from Columbia university have found that residential power consumption in New York has increased 4-7%. Californias utilities commission has also reported a 20% increase in residential energy use. So what
If replacing your fridge isn’t something you’re in the market for right now, don’t worry! There are a few tips and tricks you can do in order to make your fridge more energy efficient. Check the Temperature – Your fridge should be between 35 and 38 degrees, with your freezer anywhere from 5 to 0. According to Edison International, keeping your fridge 10 degrees cooler than it needs to be can increase your electric usage
One of the main goals we have as a society nationally as well as globally, is finding a source of clean and renewable energy. In order to achieve these goals, there must be access to sufficient resources and materials. New technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, and electric car batteries must be efficient as well as recyclable, otherwise they will impose the same issues as fossil fuels. In order to make these new green
In recent news, the Biden administration has unveiled a new infrastructure plan in the United States. He will be dedicating billions of dollars to help fund the energy industry. This will create a more competitive market while also cutting down pricing on electricity bills. This will help lower income communities in obtaining cleaner and renewable energy that was previously not available. It is important to use renewable energy and to be energy efficient because not
With less than a month until the official start of spring, the DMV continues to experience mild snow and icy conditions. Meanwhile, large areas of Texas are still experiencing power outages and harsh weather conditions, with thousands of households not having power for nearly 5 days. Although Maryland, DC, and Virginia homeowners are likely to experience winter conditions more often, it’s still important to learn ways to cope with power outages in winter if they
During Trump’s Presidency, the Department of Energy didn’t meet the deadline to review several energy efficiency standards that were due. Biden’s team has already signed to review those policies regarding efficiency in lighting, air conditioning, and appliances, along with re-establishing climate standards. Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law created a database to keep track of the climate change regulations and deregulations following the administration changes. Explained by Climate Law Fellow, Hillary Aidun, “the
The 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard At the end of December 2020, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE, released the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This scorecard analyzes overall energy efficiency efforts, such as policies, programs, electric vehicle use, appliance standards, and energy-saving targets for all 50 states as well as Washington D.C. ACEEE’s website also provides a closer look at data for each state. Source: ACEEE.org How have the rankings changed? In
What we test for during your audit What we look for during your audit During the data collection part of your home energy audit, the lead auditor will inspect your attic insulation, rim band joist, crawl spaces, duct system, etc, and will begin assessing recommendations for improvement. The audit support will gather information on your HVAC system and water heater, appliances, lights, exterior doors and windows, typical energy usage in the home and ends with
Winter is nearly here! Besides bundling up in a bulky sweater and laying next to a space heater, here is a list of other measures you can take to stay warm this winter all while saving you heat and energy costs. Lower the thermostat When you leave your home overnight or even if you’re just going to bed, lowering the thermostat for as little as 8 hours a day can save you up to 10%
What is TOU? History of TOU Programs Summary of Findings Customers were randomly recruited with the opportunity to participate and presented with their potential energy bill savings. Those who agreed began using the TOU rates at the beginning of April 2019 and have the option to remain on the rates until April 2022. As of fall 2020, Brattle completed their first annual study of the program looking at data from June 2019 through May 2020.
LEDs or Incandescents? With the holiday season approaching, it’s a good time to take inventory of your Christmas lights. Are your decorative lights LEDs or incandescent? How much can I save if I switch to LEDs? I already have LED lights, what else can I do? What should I do with my old lights? Before you ditch your incandescent or broken lights in the trash, consider recycling them! Lowes and Mom’s Organic Market offer programs
Biden’s Plan to Reach Energy Efficiency As the election draws to a close and January approaches, President-elect Joe Biden has outlined his plan for the energy sector by setting ambitious goals to reach carbon net-zero emissions by 2050. Biden’s plan places an urgency on updating America’s dated infrastructure, improving energy efficiency in buildings and homes, and expanding electric vehicles, solar and wind technologies. While there are several nationwide plans, let’s look closer at what Biden’s
The Montgomery County Green Bank’s Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) Program has low cost financing options through Participating Lenders offering specially tailored loans EXCLUSIVELY for Montgomery County homeowners. What Work does the CEA Program cover? Air Leakage Reduction, Insulation, Duct Sealing High Efficiency Electric Heating, Cooling or Hot Water High Efficiency Gas Heating or Hot Water Any compliance-based health and safety measures that are required for utility rebate or incentive eligibility Solar PV How to get
Solar panels are a great way to offset your energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of your home and provide a host of other benefits, such as supporting local businesses and contributing to energy independence. If you are looking to install solar panels on your home, look at these benefits as to why solar panels should be the common energy source for households. Start saving from day one: Annual energy costs can be in the
Anthropogenic climate change is a global critical issue that has affected and will affect your livelihood and safety. The constant consumption and production of fossil fuel has drastically impacted local, regional, and global climate patterns. The emission of greenhouse gas from tech, power plants, fossil fuel companies, the transportation industries and etc. has forced humankind to address our current lifestyle and improve our way of life in which we can coexist with our environment without
Ms. Rickert’s house has a semi-flat roof. The third floor of the house was an expansion into the attic space. The ceiling on the third floor was vaulted with very limited clearance between the drywall and the roof deck which implies that there is no manual air sealing that can be done. The vaulted ceiling had no insulation which impacted the level of comfortability in the living space, as well as Ms. Rickert’s energy bill.
We at Energy Efficiency Experts have partnered with Sustainable You, a DC-based community-driven platform, that empowers conscientious residents like you to build a more sustainable lifestyle and be rewarded for it through personalized Eco-Evaluations and resources hosted on their free app! An example of their work is how they help homeowners leverage the best consumer incentives for solar in the country here in DC. You can lower or eliminate your Pepco bill, generate thousands of
Summer is here, hotter than ever, and we have been receiving numerous calls from customers saying, “why is my upstairs hotter than the rest of the house?” “Why is it hot upstairs at night when I am trying to go to sleep?” And, “why can’t I get even heating and cooling in my house?” These questions are major concerns that need to be addressed immediately and depending on the home, there could be a variety of reasons as to why. Based off of our experience, there are four key issues as to why the upstairs is hotter than the rest of the house.