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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Residential

Residential


Heat Pump Water Heaters Save Energy and Money

NRDC, Nov. 30, 2016, by Pierre Delforge, Christina Swanson, and Eric Weiner.
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/pierre-delforge/very-cool-heat-pump-water-heaters-save-energy-and-money

"A new NRDC study shows that water heaters that use high efficiency heat pump technology—the same process that keeps your refrigerator cold—can cut the amount of electricity used to heat water by half or more, saving significant amounts of energy and money on your household electricity bills."

Insulating Homes with Natural Sheep's Wool

Builder, Dec. 5, 2016, by Lauren Shanesy.
http://www.builderonline.com/products/building-materials/insulating-homes-with-natural-sheeps-wool_o

"Wool has been keeping both sheep and humans warm for centuries. But now one company is using shorn sheep’s wool to give fiberglass and foam insulation a run for their money. Havelock Wool uses 100% natural wool sourced from New Zealand sheep to insulate homes and other buildings. Sheep grow wool in excess, so the renewable material is readily available and has a number of inherent, eco-friendly properties that make it a viable contender for building insulation."

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based [Residential] Air Conditioner Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 5, 2016, by Andrew deLaski.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/doe-completes-new-consensus-based-air-conditioner-standards?utm_source=Central+AC+final+rule

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment."

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Quick Start Guide

Bonneville Power Administration and LIEE Workgroup, Nov. 2016.
https://www.bpa.gov/EE/Policy/Documents/Second%20Edition%20Quick%20Start%20Guide%20with%20Appendices.pdf

"This document is intended to help participants learn the history, background, and procedures for serving low-income customers. This Quick Start Guide was developed using information that has been gathered and shared in the LIEE Workgroup meetings with additional components deemed necessary to "stitch together" the information in a comprehensive manner."

10 Energy Saving Tips To Gobble Up This Thanksgiving

Edison Electric Institute.
http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/10%20Energy%20Saving%20Tips%20To%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

"With help from the Edison Electric Institute, you can ensure your electric bill will look as good as your Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of overcooking the turkey and your electric bill this Thanksgiving, check out our top ten tips for an energy efficient holiday."

How Residential Utility Programs Could Reach More Diverse Households

ACEEE, Nov. 13, 2016, by Marti Frank.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/11/how-residential-utility-programs

"Many energy efficiency programs are designed around measures rather than people. These “untargeted” programs focus on meeting energy savings and cost-effectiveness goals, and are ostensibly impartial about the characteristics of the households that receive the offering. Our new examination of program demographics shows how, in practice, untargeted programs often limit participant diversity."

IECC Building Code Update: Three Issues to Watch

Code Watcher, Oct. 31, 2016, by Mike Collignon.
http://www.codewatcher.us/codes/iecc-building-code-update-three-issues-to-watch/

"These building code issues will make the biggest impact on the 2018 codes. Here’s where they stand now."

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

RMI Outlet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Douglas Miller and Larry Zarker.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_11_02_how_to_use_peer_diffusion_to_make
_better_homes_a_must_have


Announcing a new Rocky Mountain Institute Report: Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades.

What You Should Know About LEED v4 [Multifamily]

Multifamily Executive, Nov. 1, 2016, by Chris Wood.
http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/design-development/green/what-you-should-know-about-leed-v4_o

"As of last month, LEED v4 became the officially required version for certification. Here are the multifamily-friendly aspects you should know about."

Weatherization Plus Health in Washington State: An Update

National Association for State Community Services, Oct. 26, 2016.
https://thestateofpoverty.org/2016/10/26/weatherization-plus-health-in-washington-state-an-update/

"In April, we described the launch of an exciting new weatherization venture in Washington State that combines the energy efficiency improvements of weatherization with a targeted approach to reduce and remove asthma triggers in low-income households. Six months later, the hard work of marrying weatherization to home health environment improvements is underway. The Washington State Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program is learning a great deal about the challenges, and the promise, of energy savings and health impacts in low-income homes."
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