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, use these ENERGY STAR resources to choose and prioritize your air sealing and insulation projects. Second, use the how-to instructions to do it yourself, or link to qualified professionals who can help you do the job.

How to Achieve a Zero Energy Building

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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 the grid, drawing power at night or during sunless days and sending power to the grid when the sun is shining. They not only cut net energy use and net carbon emissions to zero, but also lower cost of ownership and enhance the quality of life of their occupants.

The key components of a zero energy building include simple, off the shelf technologies beginning with energy modeling software, such as Energyplus for commercial buildings or REM/Rate for homes. This technology, used during the design phase, with the architect, engineer, general contractor, HVAC specialist and building energy consultant working together, helps determine the most cost effective mix of the following energy saving technologies needed to get to zero energy.

How to Talk about Home Energy Upgrades

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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 not the only part. Our report delves into the art of message framing for home energy upgrades and includes several practical recommendations for assessors.

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 will:

  • Help you understand the structure, goals and many benefits of an EnMS
  • Outline the steps involved in implementing and maintaining an EnMS at your facilty
  • Provide a step-by-step walk through of the Department of Energy’s online tool – 50001 Ready Navigator

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. Topics covered include lighting, compressed air, building envelope and more.

This workshop will:

  • Help you identify opportunities to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and save on overall utility costs
  • Share information on Pennsylvania Act 129 and how to access grants and rebates

Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average building wastes about a third of the energy it purchases. The Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) self-install program allows public facilities to start saving money and energy right away without any upfront investment, while simultaneously learning about next steps in becoming more energy efficient.

Qualified Illinois public facilities receive both a free facility audit and free energy efficient products to start saving energy.

What is a Zero Energy Building?

Most buildings today use a lot of energy — to keep the lights on, cool the air, heat water, and power personal devices. Even installing solar systems will not significantly counter the heavy energy load.

There are, however, some buildings that strike a balance; or even tip the scales the other way! These are called zero energy buildings.