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Tom replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion "Creative" solution to birds in the basement in the group Hall of Shame
"Ok, so while odd, is there anything inherently wrong with this, aside from maybe suggesting less tape?If I'd encountered this, I probably would have chuckled and left it alone. After all, someone else just posted photos of a dead squirrel in…"
Mar 21, 2013
Tom replied to Andy Simms's discussion Trees sure grow fast around here? in the group Hall of Shame
"If the solar array has been there for five or six years, sure. The real problems will come when it's the neighbor's tree that messes up the economics of your rooftop array."
Mar 21, 2013
Tom replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"Playing Santa Claus? I've wondered how, if I ever had kids, I would explain that, "Yes, we have a chimney; but no, we don't have a fire place; the chimney comes out in the furnace and the water heater vent. So logically, Santa must…"
Mar 21, 2013
Tom joined Diane Chojnowski's group
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Hall of Shame

In this group, members share an array of images from the field, showing the kinds of issues encountered by home performance professionals in real homes. Each tells a story of how hidden (but fixable) problems in homes can cause high energy bills.
Mar 21, 2013
Tom replied to Melissa Baldridge's discussion The Nest Learning Thermostat - Good or Not So Much?
"I'd say I chose it based on both form and function. It sits there in my hallway after all. But as someone who has been heavily involved in these things professionally for quite a while, I'd have to say the Ecobee loses straight off the bat…"
Jun 14, 2012
Tom replied to Melissa Baldridge's discussion The Nest Learning Thermostat - Good or Not So Much?
"I've got one at home. It's very nifty. That said, there definitely won't be payback on my investment, especially as it replaced a 7-day programmable thermostat. I think the reasons one would choose a Nest over other IP-addressable /…"
Jun 14, 2012
Tom commented on Tom Delconte's blog post Thermostatus: The latest on Thermostat legal status
"I'm of the opinion that 15-minute increments is fairly useless when it comes to helping folks figure out where their heavy loads are. Especially if it's made available 24 or 48 hours later as most utility smart meter programs are doing.…"
Feb 24, 2012
Tom commented on Tom Delconte's blog post Thermostatus: The latest on Thermostat legal status
"FWIW, I expect my Nest will result in greater energy consumption as it's amenable to members of my family cranking up the heat, learning from their habits rather than what I'd like to force upon them! Previously, my Honeywell unit would…"
Feb 23, 2012
Tom replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Smart Meters
"Maybe interesting bedtime reading: Realizing the Energy Efficiency Potential of Smart Grid, by Me (I'd recommend the PDF link there if you're actually going to read the whole thing). As for health concerns, the majority consensus seems to…"
Jan 19, 2012
Tom replied to Kiaya Schnellmann's discussion New 25e TAX CREDIT BILL - Good or Bad for Biz?
"Would you have said the same about the 179D commercial deduction back in the day? Plenty of points of comparison (granted, not all of them positive)."
Jan 5, 2012
Tom commented on Doris Ikle's blog post A Solution for Appraising Efficiency- The buyer's point of view
"Robert - It's true that energy costs are not included in underwriting and appraisal standards. Thus energy savings from efficiency improvements are not accounted for in mortgage eligibility calculations. In practice, the bill isn't looking…"
Oct 20, 2011
Tom commented on Doris Ikle's blog post A Solution for Appraising Efficiency- The buyer's point of view
"Likely of interest for you all on the appraisal/mortgage issue: http://ase.org/resources/save-act"
Oct 20, 2011
Tom commented on Doris Ikle's blog post A Solution for Appraising Efficiency- The buyer's point of view
"But the appraisal is very important in determining mortgage eligibility when the loan to value ratio is calculated. Doesn't matter so much what the buyer thinks."
Oct 18, 2011
Tom commented on Doris Ikle's blog post A Solution for Appraising Efficiency- The buyer's point of view
"FWIW, SAVE Act is expected to be released in the Senate this week - - includes changes to appraisal guidelines to include EE."
Oct 17, 2011
Tom replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Beyond ENERGY STAR? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"There's Minergie, if you feel like learning German or French and doing penance for the suffering inflicted on your European brethren who are having to decode and implement LEED abroad. ;) Minergie is a great standard though. And rumor has it…"
Oct 6, 2011
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Best Building, Retrofitting, or even Auditing Practices - what are they, what should change, what needs to find it's way to the dust bin of history?See More
Oct 6, 2011

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At 8:59pm on January 19, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Tom,

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