Archive for July, 2010

EPA Offers Cooling Tips for Every Budget this Summer

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program suggests low to no-cost energy efficient cooling tips to beat the heat this summer.  By taking steps this summer to improve energy efficiency, you can save energy, money and help fight climate change.

 Try these simple tips to start saving today:

  • Program your thermostat to work around your family’s summer schedule.  With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180/year in energy costs.
  • Check your HVAC system’s air filter every month.  If the filter looks dirty, change it, but change the filter at least every 3 months.  A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.
  • Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze.  Remember that ceiling fans cool you and not the room, so when you leave be sure to turn off the fan.
  • Pull the curtains and shades closed before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating the inside of your house.  
  • If you can, move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed window to serve as shade.

BPI Encouraging Stakeholder Input on Proposed National Home Energy Rating for Homes Program

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is currently encouraging stakeholders in the home performance industry to review and provide input on the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to create a National Energy Rating Program for homes.  The U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information on June 8, 2010 welcoming interested parties to present their comments.

 The goal of the National Energy Rating Program for Homes is to create standardized approaches for evaluating home energy performance and options for conveying this information to consumers.  Issues under consideration include:  how to measure energy performance, what performance metrics to use, and how to best present information to consumers.  

 The RFI is seeking public input on the following aspects of the program:

  • Guiding principles for the program
  • Options and approaches for key elements of the program
  • Proposed DOE approaches
  • Additional work that the DOE is considering

 To submit your comments to the DOE send an email to buildingratingRFI@EE.DOE.GOV with “RFI:  National Energy Rating Program for Homes” in the subject line of the message.