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February 2015
Do You Know Your Power?
Special Guest Blog By: Dominique Smith at USGBC-LA

Every month we open a bill from our energy company. Our power is measured in kWh and dollars. Few of us have the time or the tools to analyze this in detail...until now. There's an app for that!

I am participating in the Chai Energy Pilot Program, and my Chai (#2 in picture below) arrived in the mail last week. It is connected to my Internet router and communicates with my smart meter. It relays energy use information to my iPhone on every appliance that is plugged in and turned on in the house. It doesn't stop there, my Chai also lets me know that the fridge door was left open on accident. Then, it lets me know that a new higher efficiency fridge would save me $5 dollars a month and there's a rebate that I can use through my energy provider to get it.

Energy Efficienct Tracking

The Chai Energy Pilot Program has major potential to change people's energy use habits at home. Having a predictable energy bill and real-time use data is a game changer.

Here is a video about Chai Energy





Knowledge is power!

 

January 2015
5 Tips for Helathier Indoor Living Space
 
  1. Use Natural Cooling
    Ceiling Fan and Indoor Air Quality LEED Silver custom home in Pacific Palisades, CA
    • Ceiling Fans / Fans
    • Skylights
    • Cross-Ventilation
    • Roof Overhangs / Awnings / Trellises
    • Skylight in hallway at LEED Silver custom home in Brentwood, CA
    • Window Treatments: Blinds / Shutters / Drapes
    • Shade from Trees
    • Attic Fans / Solar-Powered Attic Fans
    • Whole House Chimney Effect
  2. Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
    • Solar Lighting Tubes
    • Open Blinds / Shutters / Drapes
    • Skylights
  3. Install Hydronic In-Floor or Baseboard Heat
  4. Obtain a Photovoltaic (PV / Solar) Study for your home
  5. Improve Indoor Air Quality
    Central Vacuum System in Master Bedroom of VISION House Los Angeles
    • Install an Air Purification System
    • Keep a Healthy Level of Humiditiy - Dehumidify / Air Home
    • Clean Floors Often (mopping and vacuuming with safe products)
    • Indoor Air Quality at LEED Silver VISION House Los Angeles
    • Remove Shoes at Front Door or Put a Mat at Entry Doors
    • Purchase Healthy Indoor Plants
    • Read WebMD's Ways to Improve Indoor Air
 

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