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Saving Energy In the Kitchen

Posted on February 27, 2009 by Martin Holladay

The traditional method for cooking pasta wastes energy, according to columnist Harold McGee. McGee, who writes the “Curious Cook” column for The New York Times, recently investigated whether 4 to 6 quarts of boiling water are really necessary to cook a single pound of pasta.

After experimenting in his kitchen and consulting with Italian chefs, McGee concluded that a pound of pasta can be cooked to perfection using a mere 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of water, as long as the cook stirs the pasta for the first 1 or 2 minutes of cooking.

Vehicle-To-Grid Electricity Sharing

Using Parked Electric Cars For Peak Shaving

Posted on February 26, 2009 by Martin Holladay

During Peak Hours, Vehicles Could Sell Power to the Grid

NEWARK, DE — Researchers believe that electric cars may someday feed power to the grid during peak use hours. An East Coast electric utility, PJM Interconnection, is researching the feasibility of bi-directional electric vehicle chargers that let owners of garaged vehicles sell electricity to the grid during hot summer afternoons, when electricity use usually spikes.

FSEC Opens New Test Lab For Water Heaters

A New Lab To Test Water Heaters

Posted on February 25, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Florida Set-Up Permits Side-by-Side Comparisons

COCOA, FL — The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) recently announced the opening of a new laboratory for testing solar water heaters, on-demand water heaters, and conventional tank heaters. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, the Hot Water Systems Laboratory will provide answers to a variety of questions, including: How much do solar water heaters contribute to the reduction of peak electric loads?

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What’s In the Stimulus Bill?

Posted on February 23, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Billions of Dollars For Energy Efficiency Improvements

DENVER, CO — The $787 billion stimulus bill signed in Denver by President Obama on February 17 will provide billions of dollars for energy-efficiency retrofits and renewable energy projects. Unemployed Americans, including tens of thousands of idle construction workers, are among those paying particularly close attention to the bill’s provisions.

LEED Platinum Manufactured Home

A LEED Platinum Modular Home

Posted on February 20, 2009 by Martin Holladay

This Near-Zero-Energy Prefab Can Be Erected On Your Site For $521,000

Housing Starts Hit New Low

Housing Starts Drop To New Low

Posted on February 19, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Lowest Figure In Recorded History

WASHINGTON, DC — In January 2009, housing starts dropped to the lowest level since records began, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. New home construction has plummeted to an annual rate of 466,000, down 80% from January 2006, when housing starts hit 2,273,000.

The National Association of Homebuilders declared that housing starts are in “an uninterrupted free-fall.” Never since the U.S. government began keeping records in 1959 has the number of housing starts been this low.

New York Utility Offers Residential Wind Incentives

New York Utility Offers Residential Wind Incentives

Posted on February 18, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Utility Will Pay Up to 60% of the Installed Cost of a Backyard Wind System

UNIONDALE, NY — A New York electric utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is offering generous incentives to homeowners who install backyard wind turbines. LIPA will pay the lesser of either 60% of the total installed cost of a wind turbine or $3.50 per kWh for the first 16,000 kWh of electricity produced ($56,000).

Recycling a McMansion Into Two Smaller Houses

Recycling An Australian McMansion

Posted on February 16, 2009 by Martin Holladay

The Plan: Tear Down a McMansion And Use the Materials to Build Two Small Homes

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — A team of Australian architects and artists has announced a plan to carefully dismantle an existing McMansion and use the salvaged materials to build two small energy-efficient houses on the same site. Team members are now seeking a homeowner willing to donate a McMansion to help the twin causes of environmentalism and performance art.

ICC-700 Standard Energy Benchmarks

ANSI Approves NAHB’s Green Building Standard

Posted on February 13, 2009 by Martin Holladay

New Standard Competes With NAHB Guidelines and LEED for Homes

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) have successfully shepherded a residential green building standard through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval process. Known as the National Green Building Standard, or ICC-700, the document establishes, for the first time, a national definition for green residential building.

Katie Couric stumbles

Don’t Know Much About Weatherization

Posted on February 13, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Playing “Gotcha” With Obama, Katie Couric Stumbles

WASHINGTON, DC — CBS anchorperson Katie Couric scored a journalistic coup on February 3 when she landed an interview with President Obama. Unfortunately, Couric displayed her ignorance with a question about weatherization investments — thereby reminding energy activists of the need to better explain to U.S. taxpayers that energy-saving retrofit work saves more than it costs.

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