Energy Efficient Homes
        The ideal energy efficient building retains the best environment for living while minimizing the consumption and waste of energy. © Crook 2006                The biggest source of clean cheap energy is energy not used. R. Muller, Foreign Policy, Nov 2008                If you don’t understand energy efficient technology it’s probably because it’s based on principles of thermodynamics, physics, and rocket science. © Crook 2010                When you install an alternative energy system without first reducing your building’s demand for energy you ‘re still wasting energy and foregoing comfort--You've put the cart before the horse. © Crook 2011                An energy efficient building is always "Green" but a green buildings isn't always energy efficient. © Crook 2009                "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction", Sir Isaac Newton's "Action-Reaction Law", 1687                The transfer of heat between objects can never be stopped: it can only be slowed down. © Crook 2008                It's always easier to get into something than it is to get out.                Clean coal refers to coal with less particulants/pollutants. Clean coal when burned, unless SEQUESTRATED spews CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the atmosphere causing pollution. What does "clean coal" and "pork the other white meat have in common? Both are half-truths and both have the propensity to make you sick.        

Energy efficient homes and energy efficiency building


Posted 08/20/2011 by Siti Crook

Finally! After many years of brainstorming how best to convey our business convictions and philosophy to others we came up with the following analogy. A person sees a central air conditioner on sale that they think will save them money and cool their whole house, the person insists that this is what they need and want. Their attitude is similar to that of the person that goes to a doctor and insists on medication that others have used, or they have seen advertised on TV, and the patient is convinced that they need this medication and that will be the end of their ailment. Some physicians will just give them the medicine, and they are […]

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Energy Savings for Lighting and Fans


Posted 08/18/2011 by Siti Crook

G. Gopi asked the following question: “What are the recent advancements in the lighting field and fans with regard to energy savings?” Dennis, the energy crook responded by saying: A light emitting diode, (aka LED) used in lighting uses 1/12 the energy of incandescent lighting. Dyson Manufacturing has made a new fan that uses about half the energy of a conventional fan but the original cost is quite high according to the following article reviewing the product: http://www.digitalversus.com/dyson-air-multiplier-p497_8180_458.html#energy  

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Housing bubble- A cautionary tale


Posted 06/13/2011 by Susan Walker

As of 2007, 85% – 95% of all the buildings in the United States were responsible for wasting between 30 – 50% of the energy they consumed. It appears that building material corporations, builders, contractors and developers were turning a deaf ear to this fact. They were consciously or unconsciously contributing to the building boom that contributed to the housing crash of the real estate market. Residential Mortgages Mortgages that were outrageous are now difficult to pay, as the real value of many homes is substantially less and does not match the purchase price. In the case of newly built homes, some of the materials, methods, and workmanship used to build them is unsuitable […]

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Building Practices


Posted 05/23/2011 by Siti Crook

Resolving building problems created during construction, so that you will feel comfortable in your home and work environment is not a “one size fits” all process. Every structure has its unique problems, because no two buildings are exactly the same even if the building plans are. Construction is a process performed by human beings, and not everyone has the same priorities.  A builder may want to construction a sustainable building with energy efficient technology so that buyers feel comfortable in their environment, but the people performing the actual work may not care. For example, It’s not the type of work many people enjoy doing and yet it is probably one of the […]

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What does energy efficiency and nature have in common? Balance.


Posted 05/10/2011 by Siti Crook

For example jewel weed is a natural antidote for poison ivy, and it is usually found growing nearby poison ivy. The summer solstice, recognized for being the day with the longest amount of sunlight hours eventually yields to the winter solstice, recognized for being the day with the shortest amount of sunlight hours. The summer season is a time of rebirth and growth while the winter season is a time for hibernation and rejuvenation. There are endless examples of nature’s balance and my focus in this article is about feeling comfort from the balance inside an energy efficient building.  When you stand inside an energy efficient building you can’t help but notice that […]

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