The Balance Group partnered with George Porter, Manufactured Housing Resources, Inc. to develop, “ENERGY STAR® for Retailers and Installers – How to Meet Increasing Demand for Certified Manufactured Homes”, a video and online training for Next Step Network, Inc. The training focuses on the Systems Building Research Alliance administration of ENERGY STAR for manufactured homes. It was premiered January 2015 at The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, hosted by The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation; KY, IN, IL, MI and OH Factory-built Housing Associations.
..”the education programs were well attended and attendees felt they were important to the show’s success.”
The wind was howling this week and hovering around zero degrees. What could be a better time to do a quick thermal test.
Last year I saw a laser spot thermometer at C* for about $30 so I decided to make the purchase. I pulled it out and started walking around the house checking walls, ceiling, window sills, windows, doors and various other surfaces.
Yes, external doors are not as insulated as a 6″ wall; they were cooler. The pull-down shades made a 7 degree temperature difference so they’ve been pulled at night. The ceiling was warmer than a wall, I guess the R38 ceiling insulation helps. Brr, the humidifier throwing out 50 degree water does indeed cool a room. And the cat…. oops, I was caught.
So yes their is an inexpensive way to do a quick test for cold spots in your house. Is it 100% – no, will it show the obvious spots – certainly.
I can list the positives and negatives, but it comes down to how comfortable the Board members and staff are with technology and the process. We had a Board that was dispersed across the US. It was a challenge to get everyone together and yet, we really wanted these specific diverse Board members to ensure the project was well supported.
So – one of our first moves was to have a board meeting with as many members as possible in the room. That was more than half. We tested the technology ahead of time with staff and friends, and then tested it again at the facility. As members walked into the room, a nice speaker phone system was sitting in the middle of the table along with a projector and screen showing a welcome and the agenda. We were very prepared and scripted.
We used the first part of the meeting explaining how this meeting would proceed and the technology involved. Several members were on the conference call and watching the screen on their computers while others were in the room talking and watching the screen. Everything was live. Nothing was shown in one place without it being broadcast to everyone. True – we couldn’t figure out how to share the snacks.
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I just assumed that less hours of sunlight during a winter day would produce less power – wrong. This was one of my first discoveries. Total power output for a nice sunny day in the winter produced the same kwhr. as a nice sunny day in the summer.
I don’t really have a scientific answer. Perhaps it’s because sun doesn’t actually strike the panel surface in the summer until about 9 am, versus the tilted panels in the winter receives sunlight at about 7:30 am when the sun breaks the horizon. Perhaps also the panels produce more power when cool, which at 10 degrees would be considered cooler.