As an eco-friendly homeowner/builder, I frequently find myself wondering what the true savings will be on any energy-efficient system I install into my new home. Since a goal of my project is to balance comfort and energy efficiency, I want to make sure that I don't sacrifice too much of either in order to maximize the value return of the other.
Over the years, a lot has changed when it comes to building and designing more energy efficient structures and systems. There have been a lot of positive developments over the past 15-20 years - some visible, like the government phase out of many types of incandescent light bulbs, and some not as visible - when it comes to the authorities that manufacture energy efficient products and set standards for measuring energy efficiency, some of the most important work they do involve the logistics of making it all possible.
Equally as important as having energy efficient products and systems is the ability to quantify that efficiency in the form of savings. The U.S. Department of Energy has an excellent resource portal that anyone can visit - the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy mission has a ton of information on their website about the efforts to establish uniform energy efficiency measuring standards, as well as information on how to quantify savings over the long term. I'd highly recommend checking it out!
To me, learning about the mechanics of energy efficiency policy is another bow in the quiver of information I can use to be a better builder. What do you think about this resource? Join the conversation and let us know!