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Degree Days and Weather Normalization

Degree Days and Weather Normalization Why do I need degree days? You need degree days to find out if your energy projects actually save energy or not.  Suppose I tell you that my electric bill for the hot month of August was only $50.  Doesn't mean much does it?  There is no reference.  So

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Energy Concepts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is Renewable Energy?

What is Renewable Energy? Renewable energy comes from renewable sources.  That much seems self-evident.  However, I often get the questions: What is renewable energy What is alternative energy What is green energy What is sustainable energy Let's examine each type of energy and attempt to come up with a definition for each.  There will

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Energy Concepts|1 Comment

Biomass Energy

Biomass Energy In 2012 biomass energy accounted for about 5% of the energy used in the United States. I'll talk about what biomass energy is, discuss the various forms and sources, and then talk about how it fits into our home energy picture and how it can be used to save money. GRASS, COWS

By | April 16th, 2016|Categories: Alternative Energy|Tags: |2 Comments

Methane from Landfills

Methane from Landfills Methane is a hydrocarbon gas (CH4). It is a greenhouse gas and it is explosive. Methane is generated by decomposition (in landfills, swamps, in the stomachs of cows, etc.) and is considered a biomass energy fuel.  In this discussion we will focus on methane from landfills. Natural gas is approximately 80-99%

By | March 27th, 2016|Categories: Alternative Energy|Tags: , |1 Comment

Wood vs Natural Gas Cost Comparison

Wood vs Natural Gas Cost Comparison I’ll show you how to work through the calculations for a wood vs natural gas cost comparison to determine if it is cheaper to heat your house with wood or gas. You can follow through with me, or jump to the end to see the results. We’ll determine

By | March 6th, 2016|Categories: Financial|25 Comments

Behavioral and Technical Approaches to Saving Energy

Behavioral and Technical Approaches to Saving Energy Sometimes it's of value to think of things from a different angle.  The behavioral and technical approaches to saving energy provide two very different ways to accomplish the goal of using less electricity, gas, and water.  Let's look at each of these approaches. The technical approach -

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Social Factors|Tags: |0 Comments