Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – July 13, 2022

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Programs promoting energy efficiency for utility customers, for grid infrastructure, and wherever it else applies in the utility business is one of the truest win-win operations in the sector. Customers always strive to find ways to reduce energy use and thus bills, and utilities see increased efficiency as a cost-efficient and quick pathway to ensuring supply and demand remain in striking distance of each other without the costly headache of new generation. New technological solutions and innovative leadership continues to open new energy efficiency doors, so the Energy Efficiency Group on Energy Central seeks to keep you fully and completely informed.



Products that Support a Whole-Home Approach to Energy Efficiency and Weatherization

Gena Rodriguez-West

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The conversation of energy efficiency at one point in time focused on specific appliances and equipment and making them more efficient: more efficient washers and dryers, more efficient light bulbs, and more. What this insightful post from Geno Grodriguez-West of Franklin Energy highlights is the need for 21st century energy efficiency thinking to take the whole-home approach. Just having efficient components of a building isn’t enough, but instead the entire building needs to be looked at as a close system to highlight how different products interact with each other and can create more complete efficiency. Check out her review of the right products as we move towards this new line of thinking.


Your Building’s Aging Electrical System Needs an Upgrade

Emily Newton

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Adding to the building approach to energy efficiency, Emily Newton in this article highlights the ways that many existing buildings are likely dealing with long-overdue upgrades to their electrical systems and how that creates a myriad of risks, including lack of efficiency but also safety and reliability concerns. Evaluating  your building’s system needs on a regular basis will ensure timely upgrades and optimization will see you get the most of your energy systems, and some of the tips contained within this article will keep you on track for that.


The forecasting of the energy conversion of efficiency for PV systems: Theoretical approach, and its notes in the draft of an upcoming paper

Yhosvany Soler Castillo

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Finally, this paper from Yhosvany Soler Castillo highlights where models are seeing the efficiency of solar energy systems going in the near and mid term future. The more efficiency can be tapped into every step of the PV system—from direct generation to transferring that to the building to even sending out to the grid—the more the economic bottom line will continue to make solar installations a can’t miss affair. Pushing the academic knowledge of today and tomorrow in PV efficiency is key to this conversation, so I recommend reviewing Yhosvany’s submission.



This wraps up another edition of ‘Efficient Reading.’ Check back in this spot in four weeks to see what submissions have captured the attention of our community. And if you think there are stories I’m missing—let me know in the comments, or better yet submit an article on those stories so it can be included in the next issue. Make sure you don’t miss out on these shared insights in the future.

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