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LETTERS 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510)524-5405 contact@homeenergy.org www.homeenergy.org ________________ INFOGRAPHIC I have a minor quibble about a chart in a recent issue (see “Direct-Install Programs: Gateway to Market Transformation,” HE Jan/Feb ’14, p. 12). The percentages in the pie charts are a bit misleading. In most situations, a percentage is presented in a pre/post context. Retrofi t xyz saved 19%. Looking at the top chart, it gives the appear-ance that homes with gas water heaters reduced gas consumption by 19%, reduced electricity consumption by 36%, and reduced water usage by 45%. Even if programs are fantastic, they are not able to achieve savings of that magnitude doing base-load measures; maybe a bar chart in the future? Any chance of looking at the realized energy savings from these homes in the future, not just calculated models with engineering assumptions? Dan Phillips via e-mail Senior Executive Editor Executive Editor Editor Assistant Editor Design & Production Manager Design Associate Technical Editors Alan Meier Iain Walker Jim Gunshinan Macie Melendez Kate Henke Leanne Maxwell Marcus Bianchi Steve Greenberg Courtney Moriarta Chris Stratton Larry Weingarten Contributing Editor Steve Mann Copyeditor Irene Elmer Writers This Issue Todd Hoener, Mary James, Terry Johnston, Jamie Lyons, Bill Spohn, Margo Thompson, Debbie Sniderman, Frank Vigil, Charles Withers, James Zoeller Publisher Office & Advertising Manager Fulfillment Manager Controller Sales & Marketing Associate O ffice Assistant Pro bono Legal Services Tom White Maggie Forti Alana Shindler Jan Elkington Michael Goldstein Brijauanae Bandy Nixon Peabody LLP, Attorneys at Law Author Brian Toll responds: You are right that we would have been clearer with a bar chart and leaving out the percentages. We are documenting here the actual dol-lars saved, and adding in percentages made it more confusing than it needed to be. Those percentages represent the percentage of dollar savings allocated to each fuel type. To answer your question about realized savings, our evaluation process for 2013 is not complete yet. The evaluation is performed by the state public service commission and is meant to determine whether people kept the items installed and if they used them for as long as we thought. Perhaps later this year Home Energy will report on the evaluation results. Advertising Home Energy requires all advertisers to provide documentation to support any claims of product effi ciency and performance contained in ads. We welcome companies involved in residential conservation to join this select group. It includes manufacturers of conservation materials, tools, instrumentation, computer software, and effi cient appliances, and providers of technical services, training, and labor. 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Pure Energy Coach, LLC Performance Systems Development Linda M. Wigington Associates Energy & Materials Consultant Building Performance Institute Editorial Advisory Board LAURA CHERRY HILL IN MEMORIAM Alan E. Silverstein Home Energy (ISSN 0896-9442) is a bimonthly publication of Energy Auditor and Retrofitter, Incorporated, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702. EA&R is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the dissemination of objective information on residential energy conservation. Yearly subscription rate: $85 for six issues. Canada and other foreign countries U.S. $100, payable by U.S. money order only. Subscribe on our web site at www.homeenergy. org. Periodical postage paid at Berkeley, California, and additional mailing office. postmaster: Send address changes to Home Energy, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702. Return undeliverable Canada addresses to: Station A, PO Box 54, Windsor ON N9A 6J5, e-mail: returnsIL@imex.pb.com. 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For CET, Alan designed and managed many innovative energy effi ciency pro-grams. One of the fi rst was a 1986 pilot program in Northampton, Massachusetts, in partnership with Conservation Services Group (CSG) and Massachusetts Electric that demonstrated that energy effi ciency could be as reliable as a power plant in delivering energy services. He also worked on the Energy Star Certifi ed Homes program and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program. He produced workshops, trade shows, and regional forums and events. In 1981 Alan cofounded the Energy Federation, Incorporated (EFI), and in 1984 he cofounded CSG. Alan served on the board of EFI until his death. Alan was a leader in the recycling movement. As a member of the Massachusetts Recycling Task Force, he helped to develop a statewide recycling strategy. The sustainability movement in America has lost a real leader. –Steven L. Cowell Chairman and CEO, Conservation Services Group www. homeenergy.org 3

LETTERS

INFOGRAPHIC
I have a minor quibble about a chart in a recent issue (see “Direct- Install Programs: Gateway to Market Transformation,” HE Jan/Feb ’14, p. 12). The percentages in the pie charts are a bit misleading. In most situations, a percentage is presented in a pre/post context. Retrofit xyz saved 19%. Looking at the top chart, it gives the appearance that homes with gas water heaters reduced gas consumption by 19%, reduced electricity consumption by 36%, and reduced water usage by 45%. Even if programs are fantastic, they are not able to achieve savings of that magnitude doing base-load measures; maybe a bar chart in the future?

Any chance of looking at the realized energy savings from these homes in the future, not just calculated models with engineering assumptions?

Dan Phillips via e-mail

Author Brian Toll responds:
You are right that we would have been clearer with a bar chart and leaving out the percentages. We are documenting here the actual dollars saved, and adding in percentages made it more confusing than it needed to be. Those percentages represent the percentage of dollar savings allocated to each fuel type.

To answer your question about realized savings, our evaluation process for 2013 is not complete yet. The evaluation is performed by the state public service commission and is meant to determine whether people kept the items installed and if they used them for as long as we thought. Perhaps later this year Home Energy will report on the evaluation results.

IN MEMORIAM Alan E. Silverstein

Alan Silverstein of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, died on Monday, January 20, after a long fight with cancer. Alan Silverstein was one of the true pioneers in the movement to foster an environmentally sustainable society. Since 1978, he and his wife, Laura Dubester, worked at the Center for EcoTechnology (CET). He served as codirector of CET with Laura from 1987 until he retired in 2011 to focus on his battle with cancer.

For CET, Alan designed and managed many innovative energy efficiency programs. One of the first was a 1986 pilot program in Northampton, Massachusetts, in partnership with Conservation Services Group (CSG) and Massachusetts Electric that demonstrated that energy efficiency could be as reliable as a power plant in delivering energy services. He also worked on the Energy Star Certified Homes program and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program. He produced workshops, trade shows, and regional forums and events.

In 1981 Alan cofounded the Energy Federation, Incorporated (EFI), and in 1984 he cofounded CSG. Alan served on the board of Efiuntil his death.

Alan was a leader in the recycling movement. As a member of the Massachusetts Recycling Task Force, he helped to develop a statewide recycling strategy.

The sustainability movement in America has lost a real leader.

–Steven L. Cowell Chairman and CEO, Conservation Services Group

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