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Energy Modelling 101: Back to Basics

February 28, 2018 - by Susan MacDougall


Back in the day, the word “model” typically referred to a physical representation of a building built by the architects out of balsam and plastic that we would all “ooh” and “aah” over.  These days, computer models are used to simulate lots of different aspects of the building.  The energy model is used to evaluate the energy profile of a building, that is, how the building uses energy, how much it uses, when it is used, etc.

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An energy model is typically as simple or complex as the building it is representing.

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What you need to know before the cold arrives

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Now is the time to get your home heating system ready for winter

With fall’s arrival, you know the Okanagan’s first cold snap of the season won’t be far behind.

And that’s exactly why now is the time to have your furnace, heat pump and other mechanical systems serviced – before you turn them on and discover something has gone wrong.

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Winterize your home and reduce heating costs

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It may seem as if we leapfrogged from summer to winter and skipped fall. All the more reason to make plans now to winterize your home and reduce heating costs.

Forecasters tell us the winter here in western Canada will see snowfall within normal amounts, but temperatures will be a little cooler than normal.

Who remembers their parents telling them to shut the door with the admonishment, “I’m not paying to heat the outdoors!” Unfortunately, that’s essentially what you’re doing when heat escapes through windows, doors, and cracks.

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