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Have you experienced a haunted attic or crawl space that had a will of its own? Do tell! In a special evening session on Wednesday, May 6 at the 2015 ACI National Home Performance Conference in New…Continue

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Home Energy's March/April issue is live!

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Let's Talk Gender
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It’s no secret that home performance is a male-dominated industry. Attend any industry conference and you’ll quickly see that women are vastly outnumbered. That being said, there are still women in…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brennan Less Aug 7, 2014.

Air Source Heat Pumps Question from Colorado
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One of our readers asked us this question - we'd love any feedback you have:For the climate in Denver, do air source heat pumps with natural gas furnace backup make sense from an energy savings and…Continue

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John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Electrification for heating is bad.   Nope! Electric Resistance heating is not efficient. Nope!  The Yellow Energy Guide Label from the FTC says 100% on an Electric Furnace. Gas furnace (mine) is only 97% efficient. In 2012 I choose to use…"
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David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Alan, it's not the source of the energy that's important - it's the amount of energy used that matters. If you reduce your energy loads (whatever they may be) you will be generating less carbon emissions (wherever they may be…"
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Brennan Less commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"In case this is useful for anyone, I have calculated the 2010 carbon emissions per unit of delivered electricity (lbs./kWh) for each state in the U.S. (based on eGRID data). The map below of the US highlights states where a best-in-class…"
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Ben Thompson commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Alan, super important discussion you have started. I work a lot with multifamily rehabs and I'm recommending elimination of all gas appliances inside of building envelopes. That's seems the obvious first step. Heat pumps are getting better…"
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Revisiting Electrification

I must admit that I am still having trouble getting my head around this idea. But the arithmetic is fairly simple: an 80% reduction in carbon emissions simply can’t be achieved without drastic cutbacks in residential natural gas use. In the residential sector, natural gas burned on site is responsible for about one quarter of carbon emissions. We can use carbon-free electricity generated by wind and…See More
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Chris Dorsi replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion Share Your Story at ACI National
"The Haunted Houses of Home Performance -- this should be a great session, and what better place for a haunting than New Orleans? See you there!"
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Share Your Story at ACI National

Have you experienced a haunted attic or crawl space that had a will of its own? Do tell! In a special evening session on Wednesday, May 6 at the 2015 ACI National Home Performance Conference in New Orleans, you have the chance to grab the microphone and share your compelling story in a five-minute time frame.  If your story is chosen as the winner by a panel of judges, it also will be published in Home Energy Magazine and you'll receive one complimentary ACI Regional Home Performance Conference…See More
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John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC
"I just noticed this thread is almost two years old.  That may say more than anything. "
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John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC
"There are some wording issues to be cleared up.  The larger issue is to remember what else was going on at the time these codes were being written. 1.  The new DHW standards that just kicked in were there. 2.  The elimination of all…"
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Comly Wilson commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
"Interesting read. My instincts are to guess that there will eventually be either an new entrant in the IOT market who will figure out a way to make the whole system "easy to use, affordable and secure" as Alan put it, regardless of…"
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At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things

The Internet of Things has already improved my everyday life. Devices that communicate with each other deliver new services and features that I appreciate. However, as the Internet of Things expands from a few linked devices to a pervasive network, I fear that aggravation will soon replace appreciation. Are we moving toward the Internet of Annoying Things?We become aware of the Internet of Annoying Things when…See More
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Don Fitchett commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
"True, for the smart consumer, the power savings should offset the additional power usage. For the average joe or Jan, maybe not so much. The complicity for the average Joe will no doubt be an issue. But what many do not think about, when pondering…"
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Dennis Heidner commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
"Nice article. I am an electrical engineer, creating sensors for data collection and "possibly internet of things";  I do believe many people, promoters and companies are going over board.  That came up multiple times at last…"
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Chris Hunt commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
"Hi Alan, You correctly identified a lot of the potential issues coming with the IOT or the Connected Home.   I have actually been waiting for the first homeowner nightmare story due to lost smart phones or passwords, etc. And you also…"
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Revisiting Electrification

I must admit that I am still having trouble getting my head around this idea. But the arithmetic is fairly simple: an 80% reduction in carbon emissions simply can’t be achieved without drastic cutbacks in residential natural gas use. In the residential sector, natural gas burned on site is responsible for about one quarter of carbon emissions. We can use carbon-free electricity generated…

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At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things

The Internet of Things has already improved my everyday life. Devices that communicate with each other deliver new services and features that I appreciate. However, as the Internet of Things expands from a few linked devices to a pervasive network, I fear that aggravation will soon replace appreciation. Are we moving toward the Internet of Annoying Things?

We become aware of the Internet of…

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Posted on March 2, 2015 at 8:53am — 4 Comments

What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic

Ann Edminster, M.Arch, LEED AP (pictured left, observing work done in her attic) is a recognized international expert on green-home design and a principal developer of the LEED for Homes rating system. She travels widely and consults with builders, homeowners, developers, design firms, utilities, investors, and public agencies. We recently discussed what’s at the heart of the…

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Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

The Fast-Changing World of Saving Energy

In reviewing the content of Home Energy's January/February issue, I was struck by how rapidly the energy-saving business is changing. In the issue, we cover the come-from-nowhere explosion in LEDs. Another article about energy-efficient homes in Germany describes the rapid shift to near zero energy homes. That article also reminds us why it is getting risky to ignore activities on what used to be the…

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Posted on January 6, 2015 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

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