This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. UPDATED on September 24, 2013We’re all familiar with the food pyramid — the triangle with grains and cereals at the bottom and fats and sugars at the top. Inspired by the food pyramid, a Midwestern electric utility, Minnesota Power, has created a useful graphic called the energy conservation pyramid. (According to a Minnesota Power spokesperson, the originator of the conservation pyramid was Bob McLean, the chief operating officer at Hunt Utilities Group.)The energy conservation pyramid includes ten levels. Like the food pyramid, it’s read from the bottom up. Homeowners who are uncertain of the best way to lower their energy bills should start at the lowest level of the pyramid and work their way up. In general, one shouldn’t proceed to a higher level until the actions below that level have been completed.Actions near the bottom of the pyramid are much more cost-effective than actions near the top of the pyramid. At current energy prices, in fact, the actions listed on the top two layers are never cost-effective.The rules displayed in the energy conservation pyramid are not set in stone; every house is different, and different climates dictate different strategies. But it’s hard to quibble with the pyramid’s basic hierarchy.From the bottom up, here are the pyramid’s ten steps.1. Home energy auditBefore beginning any energy retrofit work, a homeowner needs information — information best obtained through a home energy audit.A good home energy audit always includes a blower-door test; most audits also include a thermographic inspection. To be sure your auditor is well trained, choose one certified by RESNET, BPI, or CBPCA.A home energy audit can cost as much as $600. Thanks to subsidies from utilities and local governments, however, the cost of a home energy audit is often much… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) argues with referee Scott Foster during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets were on the cusp of NBA history, just one 3-pointer away from setting the league record for most 3s in a game.The crowd chanted: “Three, Three, Three,” every time Houston got the ball and let out a collective moan after each of four straight misses as the clock ran down on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT The victory comes after the Wizards won the first meeting against Houston this season 135-131 in overtime on Nov. 26, despite a season-high 54 points from Harden.The Wizards often double-teamed Harden in the first half, leaving others open, which led to easy baskets in the lane and a 70-58 lead by the Rockets at halftime.TIP-INSWizards: Made 10 of 30 3-pointers. … John Wall added 18 points with 12 assists. … Trevor Ariza had 15 points in his second game since a trade from Phoenix.Rockets: Gordon added 18 points. … James Ennis missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring. … Houston had 15 turnovers.WELCOME BACKThe Rockets played a tribute video for Ariza during a timeout in the first quarter after he spent the last four years with the team before signing with the Suns in the offseason. Ariza, who was traded to the Wizards last week, smiled and waved to the crowd as fans gave him a hearty ovation after the video.UP NEXTWizards: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Miami on Thursday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Carter-Williams joked that the reserves who were on the floor at the end of the game would never have heard the end of it if they hadn’t at least tried to set the record.Harden believes they would have had a tougher time dealing with the fans.“Not even us. The crowd — the crowd would have attacked them,” he said with a laugh. “Credit to those guys, they made shots to close out the game.”A 3 by Gary Clark tied the record with 2:42 left before Carter-Williams made the record-setter. The previous record was held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 against Atlanta on March 3, 2017.Paul was happy to help Houston set the record, but didn’t realize what was going on until he heard the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments “I had no clue that we had that many until the fans started chanted: “three,” every time we got the ball,” he said. “So it’s cool to do it together as a team.”The winning streak ties their longest of the season and comes after the Rockets lost their previous three games.Houston had a comfortable lead throughout most of this one and seven straight points, capped by a dunk from Clint Capela, made it 111-94 with about nine minutes left.Tomas Satoransky and Bradley Beal made back-to-back 3-pointers for Washington after that, but Harden ended the run with a 3 that left Houston ahead 114-100.The Rockets then used a 12-3 run, with all their points coming on 3s, to make it 123-103 with about five minutes left. Harden and Gordon both made one in that span and Green capped the spurt with two, and coach Mike D’Antoni cleared the bench soon after.Beal had 28 points to lead the Wizards, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.Houston led by 12 at halftime and a basket by Paul left the Rockets up 80-64 with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards used a 6-3 run, with four points from Wall, after that to cut the lead to 83-70.The Rockets made four quick points later in the quarter, highlighted by a nifty reverse layup by Gordon, to leave them up 91-76 with about 3½ minutes left in the quarter.Washington got within 11 late in the third quarter, but Harden scored the next five points, capped by a 3-pointer, to make it 101-85.The Wizards scored the last five points of the quarter, with three free throws, to cut the lead to 101-90 entering the fourth. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki meet again in stacked ONE Championship card in Japan LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Then, with just 31.1 seconds remaining, Michael Carter-Williams, who had missed two of those four, set his feet and shot his way into the record books, making Houston’s 26th 3 of the night to set the mark and help Houston to a 136-118 win.“All I was hearing were my teammates saying: ‘shoot it, shoot it,’” Carter-Williams said. “So we were just out there trying to make the last one. I had a good, clean look so I just tried to knock it down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefJames Harden scored 35 points as the Rockets won their fifth straight game. He made six 3s, Chris Paul added 5 and Gerald Green and Eric Gordon made 4 each on a night Houston attempted 55.“We knew going into the game they were going to take a lot of them,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “They were hot and they’ve been hot for a while now. They have a couple of hot players and there’s not much you can do when they’re making contested 3s.” Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
ADC AUTHOR Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said “of course” he wants his job full-time, according to a report from Defense One, which said it talked to him after his House committee testimony Tuesday.“I’ve spent nearly two years on the National Defense Strategy,” Shanahan reportedly told Defense One. “I know the defense strategy. I know what it takes to see it through, and I think I can make a big impact in that area.”President Trump has said privately he wants to nominate Shanahan to be secretary, but that has been slowed down since the DOD inspector general launched an investigation into whether Shanahan has given special treatment to his former employee, Boeing.If the IG investigation “is going to be really short, then it shouldn’t have that much effect on” the search for a permanent secretary, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Defense One. Inhofe has had a shaky relationship with Shanahan.Shanahan has been acting secretary all year, making this the longest period in U.S. history without a permanent, Senate-confirmed defense secretary.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Ayesha Takia and Varun GroverInstagramStand-up comedian Varun Grover is being criticised on social media for one of his jokes on actress Ayesha Takia. A short clip from a show is being circulated on social media that shows Varun making a sexist and vulgar comment on Ayesha’s private parts. The comment was made while Varun was making a joke on Amitabh Bachchan being a part of almost every project in India.”He is like everywhere. He is like aise nikal rahe hai, itne zyada nikal rahe hai jaise Ayesha Takia ke boobs,” Varun said on the show. While the clip is now being shared on social media, the remark was actually made during a show in 2012.Film-maker Ashoke Pandit apparently first shared the clip on Twitter. He also tagged actresses Shabana Azmi, Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Nandita Das and criticised them for being silent.”Silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditadas on this misogynistic statement by @varungrover Where he literally abuses & molests @Ayeshatakia is sad. I appeal to all those who respect d dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so called comedian [sic],” he tweeted.Actor Anup Soni too reacted to this video, and tweeted, “@varungrover this is a bad one…Really bad one…This is not comedy.”Silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditadas on this misogynistic statement by @varungrover Where he literally abuses & molests @Ayeshatakia is sad. I appeal to all those who respect d dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so called comedian. pic.twitter.com/MsdThLMKH4— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) April 24, 2019@Ayeshatakia I have been ur fan since Tarzan ☺️ & you’re really beautiful. Make sure you take action against @varungrover I am ashamed of his statement. #ShameVarunGrover https://t.co/nlwUEt4zIB— Chowkidar Surbhi Srivastava (@SurbhiRsv) April 24, 2019Not expected from @varungrover . https://t.co/3GH6r1BLkE— Vaibhav Palaye (@VaibhavPalaye) April 24, 2019For the cheap standup comedians like @varungrover and his ilk comedy means Boobs,Pussy,dick and balls. They can’t think beyond this. Perverts masquerading as Standup comedians and dishing out porn as Comedy. https://t.co/gn5XIDpBLy— Chowkidaar Arun ?? (@ArunMahakaliBJP) April 24, 2019While Varun is being vehemently lambasted for his seven-year-old comment on Ayesha, Richa counter-attacked Ashoke by tweeting, “Sir,for you and for all those waiting to attack me again,I’d just like to say so much goes on in our country on a daily basis,(crime or otherwise), that for me to outrage at the speed with which you expect, I’d have to leave my day job as an actor and sit on Twitter all day.” Meanwhile, no response from Ayesha or Varun has come yet on this issue.
Pokémon Go used for Russian-linked election meddling? If you are a fan of Pokémon, then you have certainly watched Pokémon Detective Pikachu or you will be planning to book a ticket for the latest realised movie based on Pokémon. But a recent tweet from Takashi Mochizuki can make you more delirious about Pokémon.The tweet points to an excerpt from a DeNa – the Japanese mobile game developer – financial briefing, which clearly states the publisher has teamed up with The Pokémon Company to release a smartphone game based on the Pokémon license.DeNa also hints that the Pokémon based game is scheduled to be released by the end of its current fiscal year – that’s March 2020. Apart from this, no other information has been revealed in the briefing, and it is mentioned to be announced later. DeNa briefingDeNaThere are several genres that could be explored through the Pokémon license and DeNa is expected to plan the game in similar ways. In the past, DeNa has partnered with Nintendo on other mobile games such as Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and upcoming Mario Kart Tour.Previously, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company had launched Pokémon Go, which got silly success. Now both the firms are expected to release Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for the Nintendo Switch for this year. Pokémon Detective PikachuPokemonThere are loads of Pokémon apps and games on iOS and Android. But it remains to be seen how this upcoming Pokémon game stands out. Close
GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTiciclesGalveston has resumed regular water operations after last week’s freezing weather caused some pipes to break and led to a citywide conservation effort.A city statement says the amount of water in Galveston’s storage tanks was back to normal Monday after being critically low. Authorities say freezing conditions a week ago caused numerous leaks and led to at least 3,000 calls about water problems at homes, businesses and city mains.City Manager Brian Maxwell said the amount of water lost prompted an emergency and conservation through the weekend, as part of a drought contingency plan.Galveston officials say residents are encouraged to continue reporting leaks to city utility authorities. Share