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Dust created during a weatherization job or home performance upgrade is more than just a nuisance—in some cases, it can pose health and safety risks. Effective dust control can protect workers and occupants from lead or asbestos, improve project efficiency, and boost customer satisfaction. Cory Chovanec, Building Science Specialist, shared dust control best practices for the winter 2019 edition of Home Energy Magazine.  More
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For commercial refrigeration applications, the Q-Sync motor - a type of permanent magnet alternating current (PMAC) motor – has recently received attention because of its high efficiency and much-improved power factor compared to traditional Shaded-Pole (SP), Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) motors, and even newer Electronically Commutated (EC) motors. The U.S. More
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Abstract  Effective consumer marketing is a significant contributor to the success of residential energy efficiency programs. Often overlooked, however, is the program marketing and promotion potential which lies within a service territory’s trade ally network. More
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Community-based energy efficiency programs foster social connectedness to transform the way people consume energy—relying on group interaction, peer support, and communal resolve to impact behavior. A community can be defined by geography, such as a city or neighborhood, or by a shared characteristic, such as employees of a business, fans of a sport, or members of a social network More
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A presentation on findings from 2015 pilot programs in Wisconsin and Michigan. More
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Executive Summary  The verdict is in. The research community has identified electrification as a key strategy to decarbonize the economy. Two fundamentally powerful trends contribute to this new opportunity. First, the electric supply mix continues to experience an increased penetration of natural gas, wind and solar, which is rapidly reducing the electric power sector’s emissions rate. Second, existing and new electric powered equipment are increasingly exhibiting higher efficiency levels and lower lifetime costs than their fossil fuel powered counterparts. More
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Commissioning and retro-commissioning (RCx) are critical in propelling building performance—but what happens once retro-commissioning is complete? Do the energy savings continue long after installation? And why do some buildings see long-lasting results, while others don't? We set off to answer these questions and more through a comprehensive study of the persistence of energy savings.  More
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Published in the Spring 2018 issue of Home Energy magazine. More
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We studied the viability of performance-based procurement (PBP) to achieve higher energy savings, without increasing capital cost to owners, through early owner involvement, goal setting and energy modeling. The study also examined the role that conservation improvement programs (CIPs) could play in supporting this approach. We tested the PBP method in six pilot projects and observed the outcomes. We supplemented our study with assessment of existing programs, interviews and analysis through the Sustainable Buildings 2030 program, and outreach to energy modeling professionals. More
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Download the report Prepared for Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Prepared by Illume Advising, LLC and Seventhwave. More