Improved Sensors Could Reduce Energy Used for HVAC Systems

Read the full story The News. Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are part of a nationwide project to find ways of reducing energy used to heat, cool, and ventilate buildings. Dr. Zheng O’Neill, UA assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a team developing testing standards and control strategies for sensors used to …

New Occupancy Detection Device Designed to Save Home Energy Use

Read the full story from the U.S. Department of Energy. Photoelectric infrared (PIR) sensors are the current choice for occupancy presence detection in buildings. The sensors are used for smart thermostats to control heating and cooling based on occupancy. A major problem is that these PIR sensors only detect individuals who are moving. A Stony …

Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR

Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can help your home be more comfortable and energy efficient and provide up to a 10% savings on your annual energy bills. Simple fixes include installing weather stripping on doors and caulking around windows, while bigger jobs might include sealing leaks and adding insulation in your attic. First, …

How to Achieve a Zero Energy Building

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. Almost 48 percent of energy in the U.S. goes to residential and commercial buildings. Zero energy buildings drastically reduce that energy use by slashing the demand for energy, while supplying the remaining energy needs from renewable energy sources, such as solar panels. Zero energy buildings are connected to …

How to Talk about Home Energy Upgrades

Download the document. How can home energy assessments lead to more energy efficiency upgrades? Using a behavioral science approach to answer this question, we conducted an online experiment with nearly 2,000 American homeowners and explored the latest research on motivators and barriers to investment. We learned that financial motivators are part of the equation, but …

Workshop: Saving Energy Costs by Implementing an Energy Management System

When: Nov 8, 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Where: Penn State Center at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Ave, Suite A, Pittsburgh PA Cost: $0.00 Register at http://penntap.psu.edu/events/saving-energy-costs-implementing-energy-management-system/ Are you a facility, operations, or plant maintenance manager or staff? Let PennTAP show you how implementing an Energy Management System (EnMS) will reduce your organization’s energy costs. This …

Workshop: Common Energy Tips for Manufacturers and Steps to Implementation

When: Oct 11, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Where: Penn State New Kensington, Art Gallery, 3550 Seventh Street Road, Upper Burrell PA 15068 Cost: $0.00 Register at http://penntap.psu.edu/events/common-energy-tips-manufacturers-steps-implementation/ Are you a facility, operations, or plant maintenance manager or a building operator?  PennTAP and FirstEnergy will provide an informational session on energy efficiency improvements and cost-saving opportunities for manufacturers. …