Joseph Bowling Joe Bowling is president and founder of Energy Wise Solutions, a renewable energy/energy efficiency company based in Charlotte, N.C. The company provides services for homeowners and businesses including home energy audits, solar consulting, solar equipment sales, NABCEP certified installations, solar repairs and solar thermal, and green building verification for LEED, Energy Star and NAHB Green Building. www
You should have a technician test such things as freon charge and/or exhaust gases and burner system annually. The technician can determine the health of your system with some of these tests. The evaporator and condenser (inside and outside) coils should be cleaned on an annual basis or as needed.
A home performance upgrade should improve the health, comfort, and energy efficiency of your home. You can begin with inspecting the barrier between conditioned and unconditioned space. You can use incense and a flashlight.
Consider installing a home energy monitoring system. This will help you to have direct feedback to understand usage and possibly help modify behavior.
Version 2 (old version) can only be used on homes permitted before April 1, 2011 and completed before 2012. This required a HERS score of 85 or less for the southern climates and 80 or less for some northern climates.
HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. Most all builders are pledging to get all their homes HERS rated.
The green certification programs such as LEED and NAHB Green have developed strong systems to ensure a well rounded higher quality home. LEED aims for the higher end green homes. The USGBC (LEED) has greater requirements for certification personnel.
A solar hot water system is usually the smartest first choice. The return on investment can be two to three times faster with solar hot water over solar electric system.
Anyone interesting in installing solar electric in their home should consider the following things: You should consider if you have a location within 45 degrees of true south without shading. Understand that if you choose the best return on investment...
ProudGreenHome: What are the benefits of ICF? Joe Bowling: I recently read an article of an experiment in Home Energy magazine. They built three homes in the same area, orientation, and floor plan — one with ICF, one with Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) and one with 2-inch x 6-inch spray foam insulation.
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