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EE programs SUCK - but it doesn't have to be this way - #oneknob

The numbers and reports keep coming in, residential EE programs from California to Massachusetts are terrible.Work is often mediocre,…Continue

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Started Nov 6, 2014

Rick Gerardi's case for a "Performance Registry"
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In NY, HPwES is in serious risk of collapse.  While short term triage "solutions" seem de rigueur, vision for sustainable long term cures, and understanding that masking the illness only allows it to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Sep 14, 2012.

SIR minimums, building a culture, an infrastructure based upon lying...
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SIR minimum requirements create a culture of lying that, if things don't change quickly, will be embedded in the very culture of Home Performance.  We won't have an infrastructure of building…Continue

Tags: design, bad, causes, structural, corruption

Started this discussion. Last reply by phil jeffers Jan 13, 2012.


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tedkidd replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"That's great news! Guess that means there are a bunch of blower doors getting used in Jackson finally!"
tedkidd replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"Lol. Bigger is better, and better to have more than you need? My Aunt and Uncle put two central air units in their place on Meander Way. Don't think they've been run once. On the other hand, talk to Bressler and hear his frustration that…"
tedkidd replied to Lew Harriman's discussion Measured Home Performance - Print-on-demand Best Practices Guide for Retrofits (California Report)
"Measured was you! Thank you sir!"
Nov 9
tedkidd commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post VW Isn't the Only One That Circumvents
"Great article. Answer, create FUD and claim "privacy issues!" Clearly if energy use is made public, the terrorists win...."
Nov 2
tedkidd replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Article about residential energy efficiency and why sales are low
"Well put. One potential solution to adding cost of these unpriced externalities is a revenue neutral Fee and Rebate: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/ This is grassroots. The more of you that sign up, the more powerful it…"
Oct 24
tedkidd replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces
"Makes sense. Egt could be very close to as low as return water temp, not supply water. My indirect seems to satisfy when return temp hits 115f."
Oct 23
tedkidd commented on Tom White's video

Backdrafting natural draft gas water heater

"Expect this to happen when: You tighten up your house, You put in a ridge vent, You burn wood in a fireplace, .... Heat pump water heaters are much more efficient, safe, and getting really cheap."
Oct 15
tedkidd replied to Rod Fox's discussion Does calcification affect electric water heater aquastat temperature sensor performance?
"^^^^ Cool, you got the hot water guy to reply to your post Rod! Hi Larry, I was wondering if you, or maybe Gary Klein, might weigh in... "
Sep 24
tedkidd replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Article about residential energy efficiency and why sales are low
"I think we need an eBay/Amazon type performance ranking system that allows contractors to compete around delivering excellent results.  Not a customer sat score, actual delivered on promise score. By measuring everyone shifts focus from…"
Sep 10
tedkidd replied to Richard Beyer's discussion "Spray Foam Insulation is More Important Than LIFE!"
"More unquantified FUD around foam "risk" by Richard without disclosure of financial interest. Richard, bias is for the reader to decide, not the writer. If you want to appear to have integrity, disclosure of actual and POTENTIAL bias…"
Aug 27
tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Colin, Henry Gifford is suggesting a new, much simpler approach to design and codes:  http://bit.ly/Giffordsperfectenergycode http://bit.ly/1Hmnftz Why couldn't we take this further and make consumption transparent so we could get to…"
Aug 24
tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"VVVVVVV - Nice point! Thanks for sharing George... Hard for a report to have meaning if you NEVER RECEIVE it!!  Add to this the fact HERS Ratings neither correlate to energy use, NOR even to each other! (If 7 different people give 7…"
Aug 24
tedkidd replied to Bud Poll's discussion How do we pay for the grid?
"I think "those who own and maintain our power grid are in trouble" only if they resist rather than seeing and seizing the opportunity in innovation and change. There seem to be examples in both camps, NY REV is an example of an…"
Aug 12
tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Just publish energy use per sf. When you give contractors a quality metric to compete around, quality rises. If we don't keep score of performance the metric for decisions becomes low price. Low price is quality's biggest enemy."
Aug 6
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Bob, here is where our perspectives diverge. I think people should switch to electric because they can't anticipate the reasons it is a good decision. Not only does going with a new gas appliance handcuff you to gas, but there are…"
Aug 1
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Here our thinking falls out of alignment. Going to electric is default for me. People can't anticipate that far out, and should strategically position themselves to jump on opportunities instead of handcuffing themselves to bad…"
Aug 1

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TRACKING RESULTS - Making Excellence A Competitive Advantage

Promises of savings without tracking DRIVES ME NUTS.  People are being harmed and we don't have any idea how big the harm is.  Comprehensive Home Performance really takes off once you connect tracking results because now you can offer a thing very rare.  

You can offer TRUTH.  You can offer PROOF that what you say will happen, will happen.  Delivering the "5th 

How do we create pressure for Utilities to open up their data so tracking can be automated?…


Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Great Home Energy Magazine HPwES article.

Great article.  I think Courtney Moriarta may be one of the brilliant original designers of Comprehensive Home Performance:

Home Energy Magazine - Home Performance with Energy Star :: Home Performance with Energy Star - Looking Back to See the Future 

Hopefully the current obsession with "cost effectiveness" will soon be replaced with focus on Comprehensive…


Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm

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At 1:01pm on June 14, 2013, Melissa Baldridge said…

Thanks for the friend request, Tedd.  And for the awesome work you do - I feel your passion and care every time you post.

With warm regards,


At 8:20am on September 17, 2012, Curt Kinder said…

That's very kind of you to say.

At 1:00pm on September 23, 2011, David Eggleton said…
Welcome to the 1000 Home Challenge group, Ted.  As the project moves out from the pilot phase, much of interest will emerge!  At any time, send me nominations for the Resources section of the group's page.
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