The Energy Show

Listen to our weekly podcasts providing practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.
Electrifying Buildings with Jeff Byron

Electrifying Buildings with Jeff Byron

 California was the first state to set aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Senate bill 32, AKA Cap and Trade, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. We are well on our way to meeting these goals, and happily a dozen other...

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Politics of Energy and the Environment

Politics of Energy and the Environment

 The 2020 presidential election has been in full swing for months, even though it’s still only 2019. Are things going faster as I get older, or are we in a constant stage of electioneering? Hmm, don’t answer that. With one notable exception, all of the presidential...

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Public Safety Power Shutoff Programs

Public Safety Power Shutoff Programs

California utility companies recently announced their Public Safety Power Shutoff programs across the state. Bloomberg News said “California May Go Dark This Summer and Most People Aren’t Ready.” California’s Governor Gavin Newsom was quoted as saying “I’m worried. We...

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Electric Panel Upgrade – With Sue Kateley

Electric Panel Upgrade – With Sue Kateley

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions we need to electrify all of our buildings. New electric appliances — such as heat pumps and induction stoves — are often less expensive to operate than conventional natural gas appliances. For example, at $2/therm for natural gas and...

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Lose the Gas Furnace, Install a Heat Pump

Lose the Gas Furnace, Install a Heat Pump

Natural gas furnaces for heating are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases generated by homes and offices. Until recently, these furnaces were state-of-the-art, having replaced oil burners, which replaced coal furnaces, which replaced wood stoves. Heating,...

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Installing Solar on Flat Roof Commercial Buildings

Installing Solar on Flat Roof Commercial Buildings

Every time I fly into a city I’m amazed at the number of naked, white, empty flat commercial rooftops that should be producing megawatts of power. Even in solar friendly cities such as San Jose there are only a few blue rooftops that one can see from the air. On this...

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Home Energy Analytics with Steve Schmidt

Home Energy Analytics with Steve Schmidt

Cities and states all over the country are making a big push to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in both new and existing buildings. Not only are these changes a necessity to slow down global warming trends, but in many cases building energy costs are also...

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Energy Vampires in your Home

Energy Vampires in your Home

We’re talking about VAMPIRES on this week’s show — energy vampires. I know, it’s not Halloween yet, but these little energy suckers are insidious. I guarantee that you have dozens of little devices plugged into your home that are using a small amount of standby power,...

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About The Energy Show

Barry Cinnamon has been blogging about the Solar Industry since 2007.

Barry hosts The Energy Show, a weekly 30 minute talk show that runs every Saturday at 1:30 PM on KDOW Radio AM in San Jose California.

Every week Barry provides practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.

Barry Cinnamon heads up Cinnamon Solar (a San Jose residential and commercial solar and energy storage contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology). After 10,000+ installations at Akeena Solar and Westinghouse Solar, he’s developed a pretty good perspective on the real-world economics of rooftop solar — as well as the best products and services for homeowners, manufacturers and installers. His rooftop tinkering led to the development of integrated racking (released in 2007), AC solar modules (released in 2009), and Spice Solar (the fastest way to install rooftop solar modules).

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