Articles by Herb Woerpel

Hydronics Roundtable Explores Value of Water Systems

While seven of 10 American homes utilize forced air to heat and cool their homes, a rising portion of the industry believes radiant and hydronic heating and cooling provides a better path to prosperity. These self-proclaimed “wet heads” met in Providence, R.I., Sept. 11-12 for the inaugural Hydronics Roundtable.


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Romney Attacks Obama on Green-Energy Spending

To look at a topic near and dear to our hearts, let’s focus on what the candidates said about energy. The term was mentioned 18 times on Wednesday night. 


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Obama Sets National CHP Target

President’s Executive Order Establishes Goal of 40 GW of Combined Heat and Power Capacity by 2020
According to the DOE, more than two-thirds of the fuel used to generate power in the United States is lost as excess heat. On Aug. 30, President Obama signed the executive order “Accelerating Industrial Energy Efficiency,” promoting and facilitating a reduction of wasted thermal energy through an investment in combined heat and power (CHP).


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Industry Questions DOE’s Standard Work Specifications

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that its Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Single Family Energy Upgrades are moving forward, to the dismay of some in the HVAC industry who did not approve of the process. The guidelines are designed to serve as a resource for those involved in residential energy-efficiency retrofits.


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Cashing in on Solar Thermal Energy

While the price of energy continues to rise, more homeowners are seeking energy independence through renewable energy sources including solar energy. In turn, a growing number of HVAC contractors are adding solar installations, solar thermal technology, solar-equipped air conditioning units, and more to their repertoire.


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Technology Takeover: Thermostats and Controls

The advent of technology is at its most apparent in the world of thermostats and controls. Manufacturers are developing equipment that can be accessed and operated from Internet-enabled devices on the other side of the world. This article provides a sample of some of today’s latest thermostats and controls.


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Thermostats Connect Consumers to the Future

A recent study, conducted by O2, reveals that smartphone users spend at least two hours each day on their devices, surfing the Internet, utilizing social media, listening to music, gaming, and performing other activities. One of those other activities: setting their thermostat.


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ClimateTalk Alliance Focuses on Compatibility, Connectivity

ClimateTalk Alliance is an organization of companies committed to developing a common communication infrastructure for HVAC and smart grid devices, enabling the interoperability of diverse systems. Created in 2009, the alliance’s members collaborate and drive the future of the open standards communication framework.


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Finding Benefits in DIY Thermostats

For the last six decades, heating and cooling demand has been controlled using simple, wall-mounted thermostats. This evolution of these controls is undeniable, however, is the technology actually being utilized? And if it is, is it being used correctly?


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FTC Reveals Altered Energy Guide Labels

As of now, the sole mode of enforcement for the pending regional energy efficiency standards will come in the form of a new-look Energy Guide sticker. While DOE may ultimately move forward with another enforcement proposal, the only one being put into motion at this time is an alteration to the FTC’s Energy Guide labels.


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