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What Happens When Home Performance is Made Visible?

“I don’t know” or “probably not” are the most common responses I hear to the question, “is your home efficient?” As Chris Mooney recently wrote in the Washington Post, “few of us have a clue how much electricity we’re using in our homes.” Most of us don’t know if our energy use is high or low, and as a result, we…

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Added by Keith Burrows on September 22, 2016 at 8:03am — No Comments

How to Save Energy and Make an Older Home More Livable

Do you live in an older home? Many of us here at Indow do and so we appreciate the charm but also understand persistent challenges like energy loss.  Fortunately, you make your home more comfortable when you take steps to save energy with things like air sealing gaps and cracks in your windows,…

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Added by Carrie Sturrock on September 20, 2016 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Zero Energy Homes: Economical and Eco-Friendly

As global concern about energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of non-renewable resources continues to rise, more and more consumers are exploring ways to reduce their home’s energy usage. At the forefront of this conversation is the zero energy home movement.

As early adopters of energy efficiency policies and the zero energy movement, Connecticut developed the …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 19, 2016 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Can I know the Advantages of Solar Energy?

Solar energy is the direct answer for those people who are looking for another or an…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on September 17, 2016 at 4:36am — No Comments

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Making it Super Air Tight!

The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is....

At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we have found the ventilated attic to be THE most effective.…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on September 16, 2016 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

A perfect Guide to Home Reroofing

It all starts with a roof. You want to choose a roof that lasts long, improves your home’s efficiency and comfort and reduces the heat effect. Roofs are the biggest challenge for the heating and cooling system of any home. A poorly insulated roof will require more air conditioning in the summer and more heating in the winter. So while re-roofing a residence, it’s advised to do things as sustainably as possible. You can acquire construction roofing services of any contractor, but it’s good to…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on September 16, 2016 at 3:50am — No Comments

10 Ways for Contractors to Be More Professional

As with other client businesses, when it comes to making it as a contractor, professionalism is everything. Rightly or wrongly, as a contractor, clients will judge you not just on the quality of your work but on the overall impression you leave with them.

Fortunately, some simple changes can make a big difference in how clients view you and improve your bottom line.

1. Show Up On Time

It…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 13, 2016 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Creating an Efficient, Healthy Home in West Pullman

After receiving a tip from a West Pullman neighbor, Diana Story enrolled in the energy efficiency program made available through the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP). Elevate Energy conducted an assessment of her 55 year-old home and found the typical efficiency needs—airsealing and insulation in the attic, basement, and perimeter walls. The assessment also…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Wonky HVAC System

Yesterday I showed a home that was a complete remodel with added square footage.  The original house was 775 sq ft., stick built in 1946, with maybe a 6" crawl space.  The owner added 1000 sq ft to the main house and built a separate finished "workshop" on a separate HVAC system.  

Walking around the side of the house, I saw an HVAC system twice the normal width with a faded sticker.  It was a Goodman but that's all I could tell from the outside.  No idea how old it was but the…

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Added by Jan Green on September 7, 2016 at 8:24pm — 9 Comments

No B.S.

Homebuilders impress me. I know many; they’re great people. Honest, hardworking. They have a lot of good experience and they take pride in their work. They generally do not have a college education.

I think our universities need to offer a new degree: Bachelor of Science in Homebuilding.

Employment and education in America has changed a lot in the last generation. A high school education used to…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 7, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments

Essential Guide about Water Services in the UK

Water is essential to all lives on this planet. However, this precious resource is available in a limited amount. The increasing population, changing lifestyles and the unpredictable weather patterns are greatly affecting the water supply. By taking some positive actions such as reducing the water wastage, saving water by installing a meter and various other actions, we can ensure the availability of water for future generations.…

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Added by Daina Martin on September 7, 2016 at 5:07am — No Comments

Attic sealing versus effective system balances

First off, I am not an Energy Auditor and don't hold those certifications or experience.  I am a realtor with 2 green designations that assist my clients, both buyers and sellers, with energy efficient upgrades.  It is my job to be able to convey my unique knowlege to help them lower their energy bills, improve indoor…

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Added by Jan Green on September 6, 2016 at 9:44pm — 17 Comments

Buying a Property: A Few Useful Tips

Choosing a property is one of the most difficult things that a person could ever be tasked with, especially if one is seeking to reside in it, have a cosy holiday getaway, or simply use it as a means to generate extra income through rent. For whatever reasons, it is always advisable to do a thorough check on the property and its locations before you actually decide to buy it. So, what are some of the things that need to be thoroughly checked out before you decide on buying a particular kind…

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Added by Alfie Davis on September 6, 2016 at 12:04am — No Comments

Lessons in Green Builder Math: How to Make Zero Energy Equal a Perfect Ten

We love talking Zero Energy Ready Homes -- with clients AND industry colleagues! So we were happy to oblige when the National Association of Home Builders asked us to outline lessons we've learned whilst building ultra-efficient homes, so fellow builders could learn from our experience. Our guest blog on NAHB Now, “…

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Added by Diane Jackson on September 2, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

Build It Green Wins Research Grant to Advance Multifamily Zero Net Energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Build It Green (BIG) a research grant to overcome key challenges to developing zero net energy (ZNE) multifamily buildings. The goal of the CEC grant is to make ZNE construction technically and economically feasible and to accelerate ZNE’s adoption among multifamily developers.

BIG and its research partners will optimize approaches to designing and constructing multifamily buildings that produce as much energy as they consume—through…

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Added by Don Knapp on September 1, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments

Crawl Space Dehumidifiers Vs. Portable Dehumidifiers

If you start looking at the prices of crawl space dehumidifiers compared to portable dehumidifiers, you may be shocked to find out how big the range is between the units. The prices can range anywhere from $250 to $2500 and it can quickly become confusing which option is best for you. Is it really necessary to have a crawl space dehumidifier, or could you get by with a single room dehumidifier?

Almost 100% of the time it ends up being worth investing a little bit more money for the…

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Added by Kit Yturralde on August 31, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Renewable Rant: Traditional Energy!

Why, when I open up a newsletter or market evaluation report about “traditional energy” markets, do I read about fossil fuels?

Allow me to propagate a radical idea that I hope will change the way you think and talk about energy. First there was solar energy. It remains as steady, predictable, and powerful today as it has for the past five billion years (give or take a few creationist theories). No life form on earth relies on any other form of energy other than what…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on August 29, 2016 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Low Price Tag, Long-Term Savings: Elevate’s Nonprofit Program Helps Vietnamese Association of Illinois Improve Lighting

Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference. The Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) recently shaved an estimated 28 percent off its electric bills by improving the lights in its Uptown, Chicago headquarters.

That’s a projected savings of more than $1,200 annually that the community group can shift into funding an…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on August 26, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

RaterFest! Wants to hear your ideas

RaterFest! 2016 is looking for individuals to lead short, 20 minute

break-out sessions.…

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Added by Hannah Finch on August 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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