Attention Real Estate Agents

By admin On October 18th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

Become a home energy-efficiency partner and earn 12 hours of continuing education or personal development hours! Today, more than ever, customers are conscious of managing energy and saving money. As an Energy Star Partner, Omaha Public Power District is offering the following course for professionals: 

Residential Building Science for (Real Estate #0630)
November 9, 8:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Cost $55 for 6 CEU or PDH   

This one-day course will increase your knowledge and understanding of how a
home works as a system.

• how energy moves, is used and measured
• history of housing - past to present
• how a home works as a system
• barriers affecting a home - water, air and heat
• thermal components of a home, including insulation and air leakage
• today’s market and how homes are being assembled
• Energy Star home programs

All courses will be held at Westside Community Conference Center,
located at 3534 S 108th St, Omaha. Download
registration form.

If paying by check: Please make checks payable to Omaha Public Power District. Return your registration form via mail to Omaha Public Power District, 2E/EP 1, 444 S. 16th St, Omaha, NE, 68102.

If paying by debit or credit card or if you have questions: Contact Jan at 402-636-2234, email jkridout@oppd.com, or Kim at 402-636-3745, email kwear@oppd.com.

 

Blower Door Test Finds Air Leaks

By admin On October 11th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

If you are interested in receiving specific recommendations for improving the efficiency of your home, consider contacting a professional Home Energy Rater. A professional rater can use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of your home.

Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

For the blower door test, all of the home’s windows and exterior doors are closed. A fan is then installed in the front door with a special airtight seal. With the fan running, the energy rater monitors the flow of air through the fan as well as the air pressure in the home.

Once the home is sealed and depressurized, the rater can detect where air is leaking into or out of the home. An infrared imaging camera can then help the customer visually see the temperature difference where there is air leakage.

In addition to the air leakage test, the rater will perform a visual inspection of accessible areas in your attic, basement and crawl spaces and recommend how to seal and/or insulate these areas.

 

Thanks Captain Obvious!

By admin On October 4th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

When you read the simple tips below, you may think, “geez, these seem obvious!” But it’s the little things people don’t do that add up to bigger savings.

Below are a few facts and tips to conserve water:

FACT:
Scraping your dishes clean rather than rinsing them can save up to 20 gallons of water BEFORE you even load the dishwasher.
TIP:
Scrape dishes, but if you must rinse, use cold water.

FACT:
A single drippy bathroom faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day.
TIP:
Repair your faucet by searching for “leaky faucet” at www.thisoldhouse.com.

FACT:
Showers account for almost 17% of daily household water use.
TIP:
Install a low-flow showerhead to cut your shower-water consumption in half.