Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) pay back big in the long run.
Your water heater lives an inconspicuous life. It is often over looked, hidden away in some far recess of your basement, collecting a thin film of dust. If you’re like most folks, only when it ceases to function properly (or at all) do you become aware of it. When it needs to be replaced you don’t know what’s worse, the cost of new equipment or another arctic rinse. But let’s face it; your tolerance of cold showers quickly erodes after the first plunge.
After your core body temperature returns to normal you have to call a plumber. Unless your house is in constant disarray, your plumber isn’t on speed dial. While online to find a decent plumber in your area, do some background research to get a sense of what you need and how much it will cost. You quickly conclude that the average installed cost for a standard electric resistance water heater is roughly $600. Unfortunately, despite your internet prowess and proficiency in cyberspace you may have over-looked the sparse information about heat pump water heaters (HPWH). Rather than an electric resistance water heater, HPWHs function much like a refrigerator in reverse. HPWHs pull heat from the surrounding air and force it, at a higher temperature, into a tank to heat water. Continue reading
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When’s the last time you walked into your living room and got excited about your light fixtures? Really? Never? Well, then you’ve clearly never been to a lighting convention before! I had no idea what I was in for. Picture a massive room the size of a football field, covered in intricate booths that showed off the newest lighting technology using an array of colorful, vibrant displays that left my eyes sparkling (and gave me sore feet from trying to visit each and every station, an almost impossible feat…almost). Continue reading
Incandescent. CLF. LED. By now, many of us are getting a grip on these technologies (and if not, visit some of NEEP’s resources). But what about OLED? Or Graphene? Now these are new. I recently spent 3 days at LightFair International (LFI) 2013, the “world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference” at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. At this event, approximately 23,000 lighting professionals gathered to talk shop, share innovative products and technologies, and marvel at how quickly the lighting industry has evolved. Conversation after conversation—with manufacturers, designers, efficiency program administrators—demonstrated the disbelief at how quickly LED technology had advanced! The lighting industry has known for years that LED technology would become a major lighting player, but the rapid trajectory LED’s are following is unprecedented. At LFI 2013, many of the vendors had moved beyond simply displaying LED technologies and shifted to control technology, such as motion sensors and dimmers. These controls enable LEDs, an innately efficient technology, to become even more proficient and specialized. Continue reading
We are really excited to be announcing this year’s Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency. We have a great line up of fantastic examples of leadership from around the region. Together, these 12 organizations have achieved a cumulative annual cost savings of over $3 million by investing in energy efficiency measures. Continue reading
NEEP’s DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project has announced the opening of registration for the 2013 DLC Stakeholder Meeting which will be held on July 22-25 in Chicago!
Anticipation for this conference has been high since the inaugural DLC Stakeholder Meeting was held in Atlanta, GA last year. This year, the DLC team has been working hard to make the experience as, if not more, beneficial and interesting to solid state lighting (SSL) players. “Forward-looking” and “cutting edge” have been a theme throughout this year’s planning process for the event and the team is confident that attendees will not be disappointed.
The DLC team at last year’s stakeholder meeting in Atlanta.
The multifamily workshop at the ACEEE Market Transformation Symposium in Washington, D.C., attracted a large crowd of people wanting to join the conversation about innovative policies and programs in the multifamily housing sector. This event represented a prime example that the power of collaboration and conversation hold for the advancement of energy efficiency.
Presentations by Peter Ludwig and Rick Samson depicted the full-circle status of the U.S. multifamily market that uncovered connections between market characteristics, market barriers and market outlook. Rick and Peter both view multifamily efficiency from different viewpoints but face similar barriers and have the same goal at the end of their tunnels: multifamily energy efficiency market transformation. Ed Londergan, NEEP’s Multifamily Project Manager, moderated the session and provided his extensive multifamily experiences and leadership to the foundation of the conversation. Continue reading
The world of consumer electronics is vast and complex. There are devices that we think about every day, such as our computers, televisions, or (for some) game consoles. Then there are the electronics that we tend to forget, such as that cable box that’s always on, or the router providing password-protected wi-fi to our homes 24/7. Or what about that desktop that’s been gathering dust at your home or office? When was the last time you checked to make sure that the monitor was actually turned off?
Comparison of Energy Consumption in Homes by End Uses between 1993 and 2009