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January 2015

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/lucid-energys-in-pipe-hydropower-plant-begins-operation-in-portland

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"In addition to using thermography during an energy assessment, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house. A thermographic scan performed by a certified technician is usually accurate enough to use as documentation in court proceedings."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermographic-inspections

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Thursday's Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Infrared scanning allows energy auditors to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction. The resulting thermograms help auditors determine whether a building needs insulation and where in the building it should go. Because wet insulation conducts heat faster than dry insulation, thermographic scans of roofs can often detect roof leaks."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermographic-inspections

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/solar-trade-case-update-us-triggers-penalties-on-china-taiwan-solar-panels

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"Thermography uses specially designed infrared video or still cameras to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations. This technology has a number of applications. Thermograms of electrical systems can detect abnormally hot electrical connections or components. Thermograms of mechanical systems can detect the heat created by excessive friction. Energy auditors use thermography as a tool to help detect heat losses and air leakage in building envelopes.

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/saudi-arabia-delays-109-billion-solar-program-eight-years

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Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"It is harder to detect temperature differences on the outside surface of buildings during windy weather. Because of this difficulty, interior thermographic surveys are generally more accurate because they benefit from reduced air movement. Thermographic scans are also commonly used with a blower door test running. The blower door helps exaggerate air leaking through defects in the building shell. Such air leaks appear as black streaks in the infrared camera's viewfinder.

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/china-nears-publication-of-plan-to-guide-geothermal-developments

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"A thermographic inspection is either an interior or exterior survey. The energy auditor decides which method would give the best results under certain weather conditions. Interior scans are more common, because warm air escaping from a building does not always move through the walls in a straight line. Heat loss detected in one area of the outside wall might originate at some other location on the inside of the wall."

Source:​
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermographic-inspections​

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/researchers-drive-new-transportation-solutions-2​

Energy Tip of the Day:

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​"Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. These tools see light that is in the heat spectrum. Images on the video or film record the temperature variations of the building's skin, ranging from white for warm regions to black for cooler areas. The resulting images help the auditor determine whether insulation is needed. They also serve as a quality control tool, to ensure that insulation has been installed correctly.

Energy Article:

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"The savings from water heaters and furnaces depend a lot on where the house is and what the fuel is. Generally, natural gas is going to be much cheaper than electricity, provided it’s available. The newer high efficiency gas furnaces will often be worth installing, even if the gas furnace in your home is relatively new. Depending on if you live in a cold climate or a warmer one, a new high efficiency furnace will rival or exceed air sealing for its potential savings.

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/us-solar-jobs-climb-22-percent-as-clean-power-aids-economic-recovery

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Much like a water heater, a refrigerator holds a set temperature that is very different from the air outside of it. It makes sense that a better sealed, better insulated refrigerator with better mechanical systems would save more energy. Depending on your previous model, a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator can save up to $150 per year. One way to test the seal on your refrigerator is to close a dollar bill in the door. If the bill drops when you close the door, you may want to consider fixing the seal or getting a new one.

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/nrg-sees-residential-solar-expansion-amid-commodity-price-decline

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"The greater the difference between the indoor and the outdoor temperatures, the more energy it will take to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Adding insulation between the indoors and the outdoors reduces that energy demand. Depending on where you live, the savings from insulating your walls and the attic could be almost double the savings of air sealing. This procedure also pays back in 3 1/2 to 12 years."

​Source:​
​http://energy.gov/articles/living-comfortably-consumer-s-guide-home-energy-upgrades

Energy Article:

Atlantis Business Consulting keeps you up to date with Energy News:

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/more-than-380-million-awarded-to-build-240-mw-chicoasen-2-hydro-plant-in-mexico

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

​"It seems obvious but just like the water heater maintains a set temperature even when it isn't being used, a thermostat does the same thing for the entire house. Just letting it cool off (or warm up) when there isn't anyone awake can save energy and money as well. Without sacrificing comfort, it can also be close to half of what air sealing would save you. This change usually pays for itself in about three years."

​Source:​
​http://energy.gov/articles/living-comfortably-consumer-s-guide-home-energy-upgrades