Reducing kWh in residential buildings

"Keys to energy conservation!"

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Info only - BEFORE / AFTER energy state template #7 (kWh)'s energy cost
Period  kWh  $$  CO2
Year      14940      1512      16882
Quarter      3735      378      4220
Month      1245      126      1406
Week      281      28      317
24Hrs      40      4      45
Meter Last ReadAugust 28, 2010
E-CategoryEnergy: Basemark Buildings

Primary (E-Com) Contact:Info only - BEFORE / AFTER energy state template #7 (kWh)
Communications (#/text):Info only - Sample format for Register process
Secondary Contact:Michael Rainger 540 219 0445
Address / Area: Any where Mid-Atlantic Region and similar climates, VA
Primary / Website URL:

Created 6/30/2010

A) Energized Fauquier: Basic concepts / introduction / knowledge transfer


B) Best times for energy projects in existing buildings? Winter heating - prior summer / fall. Cooling - prior winter /spring! Why?

1) Less expensive: Vendor discounts
2) Better quality work: Contractors are normally less busy, rushed, and have time for useful change orders
3) Less impact on occupants if problems develop
4) Fix under warranty (make sure you have one) rather than a service call
5) Schools: Perform projects when schools are closed (spring break, summer ...)
6) Government: Above approach avoids closing building if serious issues develop


C) Entity / E-Profile is an example of tracking building energy usage (template #7 - above green / red data) which is generated automatically during the Register process - FREE (Through December 2010) to individuals

Building electric kWh: CO2 is calculated based on the Virginia Piedmont/NoVA

Other regions in development: Contact us if you need display NOW, or sooner rather than later!

Yearly to Hourly gives different perspectives on energy consumption

1) Yearly: We often make changes on an annual basis
2) Day: divide by Hourly - schools / government / business relates to specific jobs/workers at this 24-hour cost 7 days/week

To fully utilize applications / reduce building energy usage - all you need is date meter read, timeframe, kWh, cost and utility company from any electric utility bill - or you can guess energy usage and update with the correct details at a later date - YOUR choice. Gives a BEFORE / AFTER / CURRENT energized snapshot / benchmark / basemark (latter is our term) of ANY BUILDING


D) Format / content (below) represents one state (status) - Meaning items have been completed / are ongoing to conserve energy and / or improve building / occupant sustainability

Projects: Adding attic insulation, replacing windows, conducting energy audits / implementing recommendations, buying Energy Star appliances, adding secondary heating sources / sun-room, radiant floor, new insulating drapes, programmable thermostats ...

Processes: Forming Energized Teams rather than just individual efforts to work together on reducing energy usage

Metrics: Without measurements it is NOT possible to measure the effectiveness of projects or process changes. Examples include template #7 for kWh metrics of date meter read, time period, kWh, S and utility company. BaseMarks are Before / After building metrics recorded in 2 separate Entities


E) Living real-time real example of simple energy conservation better practices

Challenge: Reduce winter utility heating bills by 35%

Solutions: Simple 'between the ears' sensitivity to energy consumption:

1) 24hr use of woodstove. Logs from dead trees felled in surrounding woods (chainsaw) and split using traditional manual methods rather than gas-powered splitters
2) Switched to CFLs the previous summer
3) Windows and doors checked for air leaks - (re)sealed
4) Insulation placed over attic house fan summer / winter - Used (open) spring / fall
5) Thermostat controls: Internal temperature (slowly) increased by 4 degrees from 10am to 4pm daily. Thermostat (slowly) reduced by 4 degrees between 4pm and 11pm. drapes opened at sunrise, closed at sunset or when sun (radiant heating) has passed window (east south west timed adjustments). General settings at 60 (night) - 64 (day) degrees (dressed warmly)
6) Backup heating when outside dropped below 24 degrees - radiant electric space heaters / 1 kerosene stove (daytime only)
7) Parked cars in garage after use - air tight garage "heated" by cooling vehicle engines
8) Unused rooms closed and sealed from central systems
9) Turned off central heat when not needed or ineffective (runs forever - item 6)
10)Generally open to new ideas - EVERY building has built-in design flaws no matter how expensive it cost to build

HAVE FUN while saving FINITE Energy. Makes you FEEL GOOD TOO!


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