FIND ANSWERS TO COMMON HOME PROBLEMS

Home Performance is a Whole-House approach to home improvement. Indoor Comfort, Health, and Energy savings depend on mechanical components and building enclosure as a system.

Rocket Science Meets Building Science at U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Rocket Science Meets Building Science at U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Nexus Energy Center created an energy exhibit for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville as part of the AlabamaWISE community energy program to help families reduce energy waste. Space Center CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart unveiled he interactive exhibit during an Energy Huntsville meeting Tuesday. The exhibit demonstrates the concept of building science, a strategyContinue Reading

Tips for Managing Indoor Humidity with Thermostat and Ventilation

Tips for Managing Indoor Humidity with Thermostat and Ventilation

Alabama is only a week into spring, but even mild humid weather often requires running the central air conditioning system long enough to remove excess humidity. We like the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat because it has a bright, easy to read touch screen that shows both temperature and humidity. You can’t manage what you don’tContinue Reading

Guide to Heat Pumps, Auxiliary Heat and Dual Fuel HVAC for Alabama

Guide to Heat Pumps, Auxiliary Heat and Dual Fuel HVAC for Alabama

Check out this excellent interactive guide about heat pumps and multi-stage furnaces from Trane. The heat pump guide will calculate how much auxiliary back-up heat from heat strips or a dual-fuel system is required for your selected location in Alabama. You can also learn more about heat pump balance point, energy efficiency, and humidity control, too.

A Personal Robot Learns to Manage Home Heating, Air Conditioning, Thermostat

A Personal Robot Learns to Manage Home Heating, Air Conditioning, Thermostat

Why Google bought Nest Labs: The radical innovation with the Nest is not the programmable thermostat, but a learning robot.Continue Reading

What’s Your Home MPG Rating?

What’s Your Home MPG Rating?

You probably know how many miles per gallon your auto gets, so what about your home? Automobile MPG ratings have been a part of the car-buying decision process for years and interest in MPG ratings rises along with fuel prices.   Buildings account for 40% of all energy consumed in the United States and AmericanContinue Reading

How to Find the Best Home Heating Contractor?  Look for BPI, NATE, RESNET Certifications

How to Find the Best Home Heating Contractor? Look for BPI, NATE, RESNET Certifications

It’s cold and your heating system needs repair. How do you find a contractor you can trust? Why not ask your neighbor, a friend, or relative, or the Better Business Bureau? That’s what most folks do. The advantage to hiring contractors based on referrals is a level of trust. It brings a level of confidenceContinue Reading

What is Home Performance with Energy Star? A Case Study

What is Home Performance with Energy Star? A Case Study

Judy Street used to have a problem. Her home electric bills were through the roof and she couldn’t figure out why her electric bills were sometimes over $500 per month. She turned to AlabamaWISE to find a home performance contractor and now she is saving hundreds of dollars on electric costs. “The bill we receivedContinue Reading

Cut Home Energy Waste by $50 per Month at Age 50, Bank an Extra $17,343 by 75

Cut Home Energy Waste by $50 per Month at Age 50, Bank an Extra $17,343 by 75

National Public Radio graphed data from this paper (PDF) by Princeton economist Mark Aguiar and University of Chicago economist Erik Hurst. The report analyzes non-durable household expenses by age, highlighting home utility expenses and home ownership expenses as the biggest cost households face after about age fifty. This data identifies the utility expense as a key driverContinue Reading