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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jose Macho Apr 25, 2013.

Reader Duct Testing Question
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Hi all! One of our readers sent us the following question. Can you please help him out?"I clean air ducts and would like to expand into duct testing. What is a common fee to test for air duct leakage…Continue

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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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Home Energy Magazine posted a blog post

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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Ann Edminster commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic
"David, Terry and crew have some blower door #s; I don't have the data yet myself. We do know that there are some leaks elsewhere, some of which we'll address before the season is over and others that we probably won't; they're…"
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Ed Voytovich commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic
"Yet another expert who has reservations about foam ("Terry has found that the gun foam doesn’t hold up so well over time").  For air sealing as mentioned above, I anticipate more and more that alternative products, possibly…"
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David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic
"Ann, I assume one of your advisers did a blower door test (preferably also with IR camera) prior to the work. It would be real interesting to see before/after readings and images. You may also have much more leakage at non-ceiling locations than you…"
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Shawna Henderson commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic
"Ann - is there anyone producing wool insulation in North America? Next two projects for the Let's Try it at Home Club for me: attic air sealing/insulation upgrade (will be v. interested in the Product X results), and we've had some…"
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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 green-building…See More
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Bob Blanchette commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post The Fast-Changing World of Saving Energy
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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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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

The Wired Home: Which Technologies Actually Work?

With today's sky-high energy costs, homeowners and energy industry professionals alike are constantly looking for ways to increase energy efficiency and save money. Fortunately, advancements in home automation technology have made this easier than ever.

From smart thermostats to air quality monitors to Wi-Fi enabled…

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