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There are many advantages to using a heat pump versus another heating and cooling system that uses fossil fuels—even in cold climates. This article, sponsored by Xcel Energy, describes how education, better training, and marketing programs can help heat pumps gain ground in cold climates. Andrew Kotila, Slipstream program manager, shared his recommendations on promoting this advancing technology. Thank you to Xcel Energy and Building Performance Journal for the opportunity to share this article. More
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This field study evaluated the performance of variable frequency drives retrofitted to condenser fans in supermarket refrigeration systems. More
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Code compliance: the only path to energy savings from advanced codes Many cities lean on advanced building energy codes to meet climate action plan goals. Energy savings that drive reduced emissions and bill savings for businesses and consumers are two great benefits. But are all buildings under construction following code? The City of Providence, RI partnered with Slipstream to find out. More
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As COVID-19 spreads across the United States, this document helps building designers and operators understand how the virus is transmitted and how we can reduce the risk of being infected by properly operating air-conditioning and ventilation equipment. Presentation by Peng Xu, PhD, PE, MBA, Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. English translation by Slipstream. More
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There are several benefits of dual fuel space heating instead of all-electric space heating. These include resiliency, allowing consumer-members to adapt to changing temperatures, and improving comfort while still providing an opportunity for beneficial electrification. Slipstream’s Justin Margolies contributed to an article titled, “Advancing Beneficial Electrification: The Role of Dual Fuel Home Heating Systems in Cold Climates.” Check it out to learn more about this technology and applications specifically for colder climates. More
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There are many ways innovation can disrupt your business–sometimes disruption can be acute; other times, it happens so gradually that by the time you even notice, it might be too late for action. In Energy Central, Slipstream’s Steve Kihm, principal and chief economist, and Karen Weigert, vice president business strategy and regional operations, share stories of businesses impacted by both types of disruption. Learn how these businesses responded, the long-term effects they experienced, and the lessons that utilities can take from their stories. More
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How does the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) Certification construction compare to conventional high-performance approaches to construction in affordable housing? To understand the impact, our researchers performed a field study to monitor and evaluate two different Chicago-area six-flat properties to gain valuable insights on the value of passive design. More
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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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Q-Sync motors are a new type of innovative, highly efficient and cost-effective, permanent magnet synchronous (PMSM) motor. Between our own field research and the existing literature, studies find that in reach-in and walk-in cooler and freezers, Q-Sync motors cost-effectively use 50% - 80% less energy than traditional shaded-pole (SP) and permanent split capacitor (PSC) motors, and are even more efficient than the newer electronically commutated (EC) motors. 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