Posts By Rick Barnett

Posted on: February 10, 2014
The value of energy efficiency has been documented and expressed countless times. A recent example can be found in Energy Manager Today: "NY Property Owner Retrofits with LED's, Saves $300,000 Per Year" ( This headline seems reasonable, except that saving is putting something aside, like money in the bank, for ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: January 9, 2014
Thermal standards for homes were established to improve thermal performance by strengthening the barrier between outside and the conditioned interior.  A checklist of thermal standards is included in every jurisdiction's energy code.  For example, wall insulation in Oregon has to be rated at least R-21.  A building inspector verifies compliance ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: December 4, 2013
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has grown since its 2008 start as a solar financing tool, to include energy efficiency projects.  PACE allows local government to administer efficiency loans using private capital and the jurisdiction's property tax system.  Local taxing agencies assume new responsibilities, in between private lenders and ... more...
Filed under: Financial
Posted on: September 24, 2013
Thermal optimization is produced by thoroughly insulating a building's structural shell, to a level at which thermal performance is optimized. This results in the least energy consumption for heating and cooling ("space conditioning"). Space conditioning is the largest part of residential energy use, to a greater extent in homes more ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency

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