Monthly Archives: July 2011

The other day I was asked a question if item A was more efficient than item B in New Mexico. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question.  If you built two identical houses one in Alamogordo and one 20 miles away in Cloudcroft the energy use patterns and total energy used would be ... Continue reading

By Rod Sims| No Comment | Observations, Tips
How to Identify a ENERGY STAR® Qualified Home

If you are in the market for a new home how do you tell if the house is ENERGY STAR® qualified. The way homes are marketed or advertised it can be somewhat misleading for the uninitiated. During my recent class it was discussed that some homebuyers believed that because a Homebuilder advertised ... Continue reading

By Rod Sims| No Comment | Featured, Tips

Recently I attended a class sponsored by El Paso Electric company on changes to the ENERGY STAR® program. I was one of four Home Energy Raters  and approximately fourteen builders.  Everyone except me was from the Las Cruces area.  I find it interesting how Green or Energy Efficiency has ta ... Continue reading

By Rod Sims| No Comment | Observations

If you are concerned with energy efficiency look no further than your TV set-up.  If you have a HDTV with DVR it may cost you more than to run your refrigerator! Check out this article in the NY Times for more details. Continue reading

By Rod Sims| 1 Comment | Appliances, Tips

Do you care about the environment? If not, how about your wallet?  An ENERGY STAR® or HERS Rated home can help you with both. When you buy a car you know how many MPG the car gets, so why don't you know a comparable number for your home. The HERS Index gives you that number. You can use it to c ... Continue reading

By Rod Sims| No Comment | Observations, Tips