A Plea for More Heat Pumps With Less Drama – Can Homeowners Get More Professional Help?

Heat pump HOA

Camryn Hansen, Zondits guest, 10/24/2023 I blogged previously about the numerous cumbersome steps it took to have heat pumps installed in my 100-year-old Maine house. In that blog I promised to publish future blogs exploring the topic of support—who or what would have made my process easier and how can we remove barriers to the … Read more

Plug-in Hybrid Reforms a Lead Foot

Kate Helm, Zondits guest, 10/3/2023 Not quite ready to take the plunge into electric vehicle (EV) ownership? Neither was I, truthfully, and I have worked my entire career in the environmental consulting and energy efficiency spaces. Whether it’s range anxiety or the unknowns of installing a charger at your home (owned or rented), there are … Read more

From Snowman to Sun-powered: After a Hundred Years, My Old Maine House Gets Heat Pumps

Camryn Hansen, Zondits guest, 7/25/2023 After years of considering heat pumps and hearing from a series of contractors that my house was not a good candidate, I took the plunge and installed them anyway. I’ve now lived with my heat pumps for a full year, and here’s the rundown.  I live in Portland, Maine in … Read more

Ask the Expert: Takeaways from the New York Energy Summit

GianGabriel Masoni Dobles, Zondits staff, 6/2/2023 As the state of New York prepares for a major transition to renewable energy, policymakers, energy industry experts, and stakeholders gathered in Albany for the annual New York Energy Summit. Participants discussed strategies for meeting the state’s ambitious Clean Energy Standard (CES) targets and the leveraging of newly available … Read more

Ask the Expert: Next Generation Utility Program Measurement and What it Means for ESG

GianGabriel Masoni Dobles, Zondits staff, 5/23/2023 Zondits interviewed Nathan Phillips, a senior analytics engineer on the analytics and data science team at DNV. His work spans data engineering, building software, and assembling the tooling that helps utilities and other customers achieve energy savings. To serve both utility clients and colleagues at DNV, he navigates a … Read more

Zondits Exclusive: An Interview With the Owner of the ‘Take a Nap’ Store

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 4/1/2023 Zondits was recently in Florida covering a national clean energy conference when we learned that the retailer Take a Nap (TAN) was stockpiling gas cook stoves in anticipation of federal government restrictions. For reasons that will become clear, TAN operates much like a speakeasy, but Zondits had a line on … Read more

Ask the Expert: Smart Panels

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 3/1/2023 Zondits spoke with Mark D’Antonio, an industry expert in clean technology approaches to decarbonizing the built environment. I’m in the process of designing a net zero home with solar, battery storage, electric appliances, and heat pumps for heating and hot water. I will also have an EV charger system. I … Read more

Ask the Expert: What Good Are Heat Pumps?

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 12/20/2022 Zondits spoke with Mark D’Antonio, Senior Principal Consultant at DNV, who is part of a team that is developing efficient clean technology approaches to decarbonizing the built environment. I live in a multifamily complex and the comfort level is not very good in the winter. I have heard that there … Read more

Turn Off, Plug In, Hang Out – Expanding My EV Comfort Zone by Learning to Fast Charge

Zondits Clean Energy Journal. This is the first entry in a new Zondits feature that invites our readers to contribute personal experiences in their clean energy journey. Zondits wants to know: What clean energy technology have you personally experienced in your life and what’s your take on it? Send your submissions to info@zondits.com. The following … Read more

Ask the Expert: What is Decarb, Really?

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 11/15/2022 Zondits spoke with Gary Epstein of DNV who leads an initiative to assist utilities, businesses, and governmental entities with meeting their decarbonization goals. I am often hearing the terms decarb and decarbonize either in reference to the economy or buildings. But I am not clear on what it really means. … Read more