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Oscar Salmeron, Operations Manager
BPI Building Analyst Professional, HERS Rater, LEED Green Associate, GIS Digital Mapping, NABCEP Solar Design and Installation; Experienced in Residential and Commercial Energy Audits and Home Inspections.
Michael Tonnesen, Principal Consultant
BPI Analyst, Residential and Multifamily; ICC Certified; HERS Rater; NCI Residential and Commercial System Performance; 35 Years Engineering, Construction and Energy Efficiency Experience
The Past
As we exited the industrial revolution, it seemed there was an inexhaustible supply of energy, and the consequences of waste were all but ignored. Fast forward through two world wars in which vast sums of energy were expended on mutual destruction and through the 1950s and 60s. We seemed to just dismiss smog, pollution and waste content to be paying for cheap energy.
Then a real wakeup call happened, the 1973 oil embargo. Some may remember saying, “Hey, where is my cheap gas?" (analogous to “Where have all the flowers gone?"). "You mean I have to wait in line to get gas? What’s up?" Wikipedia says, “The 1973 ‘oil price shock’, along with the 1973-1974 stock market crash, has been regarded as the first event since the great depression to have a persistent economic effect”. Enter, the energy crisis, or should we say, crises, as we stumble from one to the next.
We may have complained about government intervention, smog checks, building energy standards and the like, but it has proven we can do better!

The Present
The first law of thermodynamics is, “Energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed.” In other words, just like water flowing down a stream, it is always there to take and use for free. Ah, but on whose land is that stream flowing, and how will we get it to where we need it? This is what costs.

Because we expend energy moving and transforming it, the first logical question to consider is, how much energy do we really need? Energy not needed or consumed is truly free.

As we discuss energy efficiency, it is important to think about the Energy Efficiency Triangle:
What is at the top? Conservation or using what we only really need. The second step is Energy Efficiency. Determine the most efficient equipment and building features, and design them into your plan or upgrade existing buildings. Implementing Conservation and Energy Efficiency reduces overall energy demand, allowing for a more efficient and economical renewable system. Now we are talking sustainability.

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