w d's Comments

February 16, 2013

Obama and the Reinvention of Energy Efficiency

I like saving energy. I've installed projects at home that have cut our utility usage almost in half with no changes in activities or life style. Then I read the blog above and the comments. I notice:
1) The dialogue is SOOOOOO political. The article invites that by keying the subject to the SOTU address. I find the political dialogue a downer. I'd rather hear about projects and results.
2) There's talk about what CAN'T be done. I like focusing on what CAN be done. Of those who talk about what CAN be done, it would be refreshing to hear about more new ideas and things they can own and do rather than berating others to work and invent harder.
3) I'm wondering if the current leadership is really helping or hurting. Even for a topic like energy efficiency, when the leader alienates half the population, it seems this would lead to slower results. That's why I prefer a focus on projects. Let anyone who can contribute do so and then we can all rejoice in the success. If some projects require government subsidy, I'm sure both sides of the political spectrum would give it a fair hearing. If a project is really good, it may not need a subsidy. I remember when Kennedy said we should go to the moon. That was a goal we could own and be proud of and we made it happen with a lot of patroitism and pride. I don't sense that level of inspiration coming from the current lot. I wonder who we are going to blame next?
5) There's still hope. The DOE is studying the energy effects of window attachments. This has the potential to produce really HUGE efficiency improvements and/or conservation, depending on how one scores it. Either way, we CAN do this!

November 19, 2012

Building Codes: Simple Energy Savings

U.S. DOE Tech Analysis Workshop for Window Attachments has begun. There are significant opportunities for energy savings by going outside the window with attachments. I'm wondering:

WHAT CODES SHOULD APPLY to attachments and how might they be structured so as to encourage this emerging technology? Some products such as awnings and shutters have been around for a long time. Solar screens are newer. Solar grates produce similar savings. Blinds between the panes are an attachment built into the window. Films are known to sometimes stress the window glass.

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