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Great example of the use of retrofit case studies
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The Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project, known by the awesome acronym CHERP, is one of the most successful community outreach programs I've seen anywhere in the country (very high return on very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Chojnowski Jul 6, 2012.

Pinterest for Energy Efficiency
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I've been experimenting with Pinterest for a few weeks, and am increasingly falling in love with it. While many consider it to be primarily the realm of gorgeous imagery, recipes and pretty consumer…Continue

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Energy Efficient Design

Energy efficiency starts at the drafting table...How architects and designers can help buildings reach high-performance standards.See More
Feb 13
Peter Troast replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low Energy Home Storytelling - Insight & Inspiration for 1000 Home Challenge Projects in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"The Pecha Kucha Portland Maine that I did on the Mallett Deep Energy Retrofit was one of the most challenging speaking engagements I've done in years. (And I am not intimidated by being up in front of a room.) I promised myself, Chris, that I…"
Feb 8, 2013
Peter Troast replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low Energy Home Storytelling - Insight & Inspiration for 1000 Home Challenge Projects in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Linda--here's a link the Mallett Deep Energy Retrofit Facebook page. I can't say that I'm much of an expert on Facebook groups. The few I'm in are fairly moribund. I believe the primary advantage of a group is control of access…"
Feb 8, 2013
Peter Troast replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low Energy Home Storytelling - Insight & Inspiration for 1000 Home Challenge Projects in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Thanks for posting this Linda. Each project has such a story to tell and those of us championing, imo, have an obligation to spread the word as widely as we can. The array of options we have available to us now--blogs, Facebook, websites, Pinterest,…"
Feb 6, 2013
Jan Green commented on Peter Troast's blog post Have a Listen: "The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town" from the Energy Circle Lounge
"Back by popular demand......  Very cool!"
Dec 24, 2012
Kevin Wood commented on Peter Troast's blog post Have a Listen: "The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town" from the Energy Circle Lounge
"He's checking the list, He's checking it twice, he wants to find out which house is loose or tight, The blower door man is coming to town."
Dec 24, 2012
Chris Peters commented on Peter Troast's blog post Have a Listen: "The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town" from the Energy Circle Lounge
"I've had this one kicking around for quite a few years now. The 12 hours of Insulating By Elaine Peters Dedicated to Joe Ilaqua   On the first hour of insulating Joe Ilaqua said to me, “You know this stuff isn’t…"
Dec 24, 2012
tedkidd commented on Peter Troast's blog post Have a Listen: "The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town" from the Energy Circle Lounge
"Peter - so awesome!  Thanks Greg Cutler, Nice Job!    I expect we'll see re-posts by Allison all over Facebook and Linked-In.   Allison, I'm ready with my Like button... "
Dec 24, 2012
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The Interconnected House

"A common misperception is that gutters cause ice dams, when the reality is that gutters are victims of ice dams. Ice dams are caused by heat (or warm air) at the underside of the roof deck, melting of the snow on the roof, and refreezing of the…"
Oct 11, 2012
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The Interconnected House

A fun tale of how we spent a lot of money solving the wrong problem (because we hadn't yet engaged a home energy professional.)
Oct 11, 2012
Peter Troast replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Thoughts on advertising through Angie's List and\or Service Magic.
"Patrick--Sean's advice is real world. He know's from experience.  Our experience is that Service Magic can sometimes work, but the general consensus is it doesn't convert for "energy audit." The reason for this, which I…"
Jul 31, 2012
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Great example of the use of retrofit case studies

The Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project, known by the awesome acronym CHERP, is one of the most successful community outreach programs I've seen anywhere in the country (very high return on very modest investment.) One of the things they've been especially good at is Case Studies. Take a look: http://www.claremontenergy.org/case-studySee More
Jul 6, 2012
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Great example of the use of retrofit case studies

The Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project, known by the awesome acronym CHERP, is one of the most successful community outreach programs I've seen anywhere in the country (very high return on very modest investment.) One of the things they've been especially good at is Case Studies. Take a look: http://www.claremontenergy.org/case-studySee More
Jul 6, 2012
Peter Troast replied to Melissa Baldridge's discussion The Nest Learning Thermostat - Good or Not So Much?
"Sorry to be late to this. With the caveat that mine is at home, has only been in use for a few waning weeks of heating season, and we don't have cooling, I am a fan of the Nest.  It's beautiful to look at but also functionally…"
Jun 27, 2012
John Brooks replied to Peter Troast's discussion Pinterest for Energy Efficiency
"Another way to explore Pinterest is to look at Pins from Websites that interest you for example Green Building Advisor http://pinterest.com/source/greenbuildingadvisor.com/   Energy…"
Jun 17, 2012
Tracy Hudson replied to Peter Troast's discussion Pinterest for Energy Efficiency
"I am LOVING Pinterest, fairly new to it, but do have a couple boards started for Social Media and Energy Topics. http://pinterest.com/tracylynnbrune/energy-effeciency/"
Jun 8, 2012

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Understanding Lead Gen Services for Home Performance Businesses

This is cross posted from the Energy Circle PRO Blog.

Everyone wants more and better leads, and a lot of people have been asking me recently about Lead Generation Services, particularly since I open sourced the Cost per Acquisition Model for Home Performance Businesses.

What is…

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Posted on February 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Steve Jobs's Lessons for the Home Performance Industry

Mac vs PC Home performance is to Apple as standard building practices are to the generic PC industry. We, the adherents to the whole house, high quality approach to assessing and managing the performance of homes, are Apple. The standard, old school, business-as-usual approach to building and renovating homes is the rest of the computer industry.

This idea got seeded after reading James Stewart's article,…

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Posted on October 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Local Search Ranking Factors 2011: Key Takeaways for Home Energy Pros.

Note: This post is cross-listed from the Energy Circle PRO blog.

Local Search guru David Mihm provides an extraordinary service to all of us by annually compiling the most important Local Search Ranking Factors as assessed by a group of leading consultants and thinkers in the local field. Since no one really knows what the search engine…

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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Have a Listen: "The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town" from the Energy Circle Lounge

This past weekend Martin Holladay posted a series of "Christmas Carols from the Energy Nerd," classic Christmas songs hilariously rewritten for building energy nerds like us... and probably you, too.

So one of our team members, Greg -- a man of great talent and true genius -- decided to put one of them to a tune.

Special thanks to Martin Holladay for permission to sing his song. In…

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Posted on December 23, 2010 at 9:44am — 7 Comments

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Welcome Peter. Thanks for joining and spreading the good word about HEPros. Tom
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Hi Peter,

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