John Lumkes, Purdue Ag and Bio Engineering, on Home Construction and Energy Use--Purdue News
September 8, 2008
Multicar garages, vaulted ceilings, in-ground swimming pools and kitchens the size of small cafeterias often are the kinds of features people want when they build homes. They might not give as much thought to energy efficiency, said a Purdue University agricultural engineer.
"Without adding much more to the cost of a new home, you can build a house that uses less than half the energy that it normally would," said John Lumkes. "You can often recoup the cost of making your home more energy efficient within the first five years."
Lumkes will share energy saving ideas during Energy Efficiency for Households, Farms and Small Business. The trade show and forum takes place from 2-7 p.m. EST Thursday (Sept. 11) at the White County Fairgrounds Community Building. The fairground is located a quarter mile north of U.S. 24 on County Road 25 in Reynolds.
June 22, 2016
Groups of high schoolers eagerly lined up Tuesday morning at Purdue University to test how well their handcrafted wind turbines would perform when stacked against the power of four fans. The kids were competing to create a turbine that would generate the most energy as a part of a challenge for the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. The annual academy, now in its fifth year, brings in U.S. high school students to learn about renewable energy with hopes they'll be inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and solve energy challenges. "We want these students to be the leaders of tomorrow," said Pankaj Sharma, managing director of the Purdue Energy Center and Global Sustainability Institute. The academy lasts throughout the week and is hosting 52 students and 27 teachers from mainly Indiana schools, though about 20 percent come from outside states, said Tolu Omotoso, a civil engineering graduate student and coordinator for the academy.Read Full Story