Brenau Sustainability Talk Nov. 14 Offers Residential HVAC Primer, Money-Saving Energy Tips

If you have money to waste, you don’t need to go to this one. Robert Eidson, a local energy efficiency expert and consultant, will present an illustrated talk Nov.14 in the monthly “Sense & Sustainability” series at Brenau University. After an introduction to the basics of home heating and air conditioning, the presentation points out how to spot energy waste and introduces remedies.

“Almost every time I inspect an HVAC system, whether it’s a business, an institution, or a residence, I find places where the electricity is going to waste,” Eidson says. “It can be faulty ducts, an air leak at a junction, a condenser clogged with dirt, or simply an inefficient electrical installation.” Georgia’s climate requires the use of air conditioning as well as heat during their respective seasons. “It’s a problem that can drive operating costs up unnecessarily because heated air behaves very differently than cooled air. A system needs to be in tune for both to operate at maximum efficiency.” Following Eidson’s presentation, he will be available for a question and answer session “as long as people have questions left. I’d encourage participants to make a list of questions in advance and bring them along.” The talk and discussion will be on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in Thurmond McRae Auditorium on the Brenau University Campus, free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Rudi Kiefer, Director of Sustainability, email rkiefer@brenau.edu.