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Transparent wood can store and release heat

April 12, 2019

Wood may seem more at home in log cabins than modern architecture, but a specially treated type of…
Novel rooftop device that can make solar power and cool buildings

November 12, 2018

A new rooftop device under development will be able to produce electricity from sunlight while also beaming heat…
Midwest propane inventories enter winter higher than previous five-year average

November 8, 2018

Propane inventories (including propylene produced at refineries) in the Midwest United States had been lower than the previous…
Winter begins with higher U.S. heating oil and propane prices

November 8, 2018

U.S. residential heating oil and propane prices at the start of the 2018–2019 winter heating season were 23%…
Space heating and water heating account for nearly two thirds of U.S. home energy use

November 8, 2018

Space heating and water heating were the top two energy-consuming uses in U.S. homes in 2015, according to…
Indoor climate controlled with mobile phones and artificial intelligence

October 12, 2018

A study by DTU Civil Engineering shows that intelligent heating systems in buildings can be controlled with the use of…
Clear the air

September 27, 2018

Air conditioning and heating systems are not only great for keeping a home cool or warm, but they…
One in three U.S. households faces a challenge in meeting energy needs

September 20, 2018

Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating…
Finding innovative solutions to fuel poverty

August 6, 2018

The Understanding Risk group, which brings together staff from the Schools of Psychology and Social Sciences, is leading…
Light-Filtering Paint can Cool down your Room when Exposed to Sunlight

May 27, 2018

As soon as ambient temperatures start climbing above comfortable levels in the summer, people turn on the air…
Researchers discover higher environmental impact from cookstove emissions

January 3, 2018

Cookstoves are a central part of millions of homes throughout Asia: families often use readily available and cheap…
Residential heating oil and propane prices are expected to be higher than last winter

December 1, 2017

Residential heating oil and propane prices entered the winter heating season higher than last winter’s prices, and EIA’s Short-Term…
DIY floor insulation can tremendously reduce heat losses in the house

October 18, 2017

Your house is your fortress, but it also has to be very efficient. If you have suspended floor…
Benefits of Advanced Wood-Burning Stoves Greater Than Thought

August 17, 2017

A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the…
U.S. households’ heating equipment choices are diverse and vary by climate region

April 10, 2017

Data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that the majority of American households use one…
In search of energy-efficient comfort through ‘smart’ ceiling fans and thermostats

September 7, 2016

A research team led by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) will develop…
Air conditioning goes green

June 7, 2016

The ingenuity of four space engineers has created a zero-emission air-conditioning system that doesn’t pollute our atmosphere when…
Strong El Niño helps reduce U.S. winter heating demand and fuel prices

April 27, 2016

Above-normal temperatures during the 2015-16 winter were a key factor in lowering heating demand and winter fuel expenditures.…
Household heating costs in U.S. are expected to be lower than previous two winters

October 7, 2015

Most U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with the past two…
Smart home heating and cooling

August 29, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase…
Heating with the sun

August 3, 2015

Solar-Active-Houses heat themselves using heat collectors and water tanks. However, no one had conducted an objective assessment of…
Energy efficiency improvements in U.S. have largely offset effect of more, larger homes

February 19, 2015

The growth in residential energy use has slowed to below the rate of household growth, meaning that per-household…
Hot showers, lower power bills with heat pump water heaters

January 8, 2015

How much energy was used to heat the water for your morning shower is probably the least of…
Drive-by heat mapping

January 6, 2015

In 2007, Google unleashed a fleet of cars with roof-mounted cameras to provide street-level images of roads around…
‘Smart windows’ have potential to keep heat out and save energy

December 18, 2014

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in…
NIST test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

July 3, 2014

Despite five months of below-average temperatures and twice the normal amount of snowfall, NIST’s Net-Zero Energy Residential Test…
Achieving energy efficiency with “Local Warming”

June 11, 2014

MIT researchers have developed a system that creates personalized climates around individuals. The project, called “Local Warming,” uses…
Electricity use slashed with efficiency controls for heating, cooling

May 29, 2014

Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced…
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