Download Presentations and Materials
Workshop: Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency, workshop presented through Palo Alto Utilities department, June 22, 2011. Downloads: (1) Energy Efficiency Presentation; (2) Mini-Audit Checklist; (3) Mini-Audit Presentation
Home Energy Auditing: How Homeowners Have Benefited, presentation for Redwood City Verde speaker series (May 2011).
Video: Energy Roadmap: Energy Audits and the Top 6 Recommendations, for Foster City's Green Footprint video series (Dec. 2010). Slides: The Energy Roadmap: Making Cost-Effective Efficiency Upgrades to Your Home, for Foster City's "Go Green" speaker series (Sep. 2010).
Energy Efficiency in Home Design, presentation Caņada College Interior Design class INTD 400 LA (March 22, 2010)
Tips for an Energy-Efficient Remodel, presentation at Kepler's Books, Menlo Park (Oct. 2009)
Video: Energy Efficiency in Home Design (9/2009).
Flier: Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Programs for Low-Income, Elderly, or Disabled Residents, Suzanne Emerson for San Carlos Green (May 2009).
Standby and Operational Loads Analysis
In addition to our standard audit and our project consulting services, we offer a Standby and Operational Loads Analysis. This analysis is cost-effective for homeowners seeking to reduce their electrical loads in order to cover a larger portion of their electrical use with a smaller photovoltaic system, or can be used by homeowners who want to be able to brag about how low their power bill is. The Loads Analysis takes about three hours, utilizing a Kill-a-Watt device and Smart Meter, The Energy Detective, or Blue Line PowerCost Monitor to obtain and analyze detailed data about passive and active electrical loads throughout the house.
However, for many homes, it would not be cost-effective to hire us to perform this analysis. If you are interested in performing the analysis yourself, you can utilize the protocol developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center, utilizing a Kill-a-Watt or similar device and your Smart Meter, and record the data on a breaker loads spreadsheet. Here is an example of the resulting data.
On-going Electric Load Monitoring
Studies have found that if homeowners are interested in reducing their electricity use and have convenient, real-time access to information about how much electricity they are using, they can reduce their electricity use by an average of 13.3%. (Danny Parker et al., "Evaluating Energy Use Feedback Devices", Home Energy at 36-39 (July/Aug 2008)).
The PG&E's roll-out of Smart Meters has the potential to make real-time electricity use data available to homeowners. PG&E and others are both working on bringing that functionality to market. Now that Emerson Environmental's office has a new Smart Meter, we look forward to seeing the roll-out of real-time data tracking to the general population.
is sexy stuff." President Obama (Dec. 15, 2009).
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