In North Dakota, about 50 percent of energy used in homes is for heating and air conditioning. Properly insulating your home not only saves money, but also makes the home more comfortable.
The NDSU Extension Service has a long history of providing research-based information to help people make informed decisions concerning their energy use. This guide, originally developed by the Division of Energy Resources in the Minnesota Department of Commerce, is designed to help you figure out what steps you can take to reduce energy use in your home. Although you might not be able to do all of the improvements yourself or may not need to, this guide will provide an introduction to home energy use.
Distillers grains are coproducts produced from the fermentation of grains for alcohol. In the last 30 years, alcohol’s use as an alternative fuel has increased significantly. This increased demand has led to the development and expansion of ethanol production plants in North Dakota and the upper Midwest. With production increasing, the opportunity exists for using a substantial quantity of distillers grains in dairy rations.
Finding ways to reduce energy use in a rented house or apartment may not seem easy. Here are a few simple things that can make a big difference to increase your comfort and reduce your energy bills if you rent.
This publication provides a relative cost comparison chart showing heating values for fuels and biomass that can be helpful in deciding what type of fuel is the most cost effective to use.
People often substitute energy drinks for healthier beverage choices, so compare the Nutrition Facts labels. Energy drinks provide few if any of the needed vitamins and minerals provided by healthier beverage choices. Plain water is a better choice for most individuals.
Spending the winter in an RV is not something to dread, especially if the owner takes the steps in this publication to make it more comfortable.
A heat pump can be an efficient alternative to a standard home heating system. Moreover, during the cooling season, its function can be reversed, and it becomes an air conditioner. This publication explains the basics, installation, advantages, disadvantages, sizing, cost and efficiency of using the ground-source heat pumps.
A detailed procedure for determining insulation levels and R-values is described in NDSU Extension Service publication AE1373, "Determining Insulation and Air Infiltration Levels Using an Infrared Thermometer." Use this questionnaire along with an infrared thermometer to identify areas that might need attention.
A simple way to determine if more insulation is needed is to compare the inside temperature of an exterior wall versus an interior wall in the same room using an infrared thermometer. This publication will advise you on doing that.
This publication addresses questions about wind energy. Is it practical for me? How does it work? The cost and other things that you need to know.
Whether trying to save money or save natural resources, concentrating on the areas of the home that are the largest energy consumers or areas for energy waste makes sense. Each home is different, but this guide will provide some direction for where to concentrate efforts to reduce energy consumption.
Have a light meal so it can be digested easily. The pregame meal should include a variety of foods but focus on carbohydraterich food such as bread or pasta. Make sure to include grains, fruits and vegetables in the meal. Drink plenty of fluids.
The purpose of this publication is to summarize the socioeconomic effects of the recent evelopment of a wind energy center on nearby communities.
To reduce heating and cooling cost, builders have used better construction techniques and materials to greatly reduce air leaks into and out of a home. This publication describes reasons to use air-to-air-heat exchangers, technology of exchangers, the cost advantages of installing them and some tips on choosing a heat exchanger that is right for your home.
Legal, binding contracts between landowners and wind energy development companies are a necessary part of any wind farm development project. EC1394 discusses the issues that should be considered before signing a lease contract.