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HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?

During the sales process, it is inevitable warranty periods will be raised.  I remember raving about how the latest and greatest HVAC product led the industry with the longest warranty period.  Very often this only lasted a short period of time as other Manufacturer’s would continue to match warranties with their line.  Things often got out of hand as warranties have reached ‘limited lifetime’ on parts like compressors or heat…

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Added by Christopher Morin on August 3, 2015 at 10:26am — No Comments

Retrofitting TV and Radio Stations in Chicago

We recently shared this story on the Elevate Energy blog. Public television station WTTW is a local favorite in Chicago. Alongside our partners, we helped upgrade the lighting and energy efficiency at their production studios. Read more about the expected savings and how the improvements benefit both the station crew and audience.

Making Chicago’s WTTW and WFMT More Energy Efficient…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

“Have you been ripped off for $100,000 by your builder?  Let us help you get what you paid for!  Chances are your home was not built properly to Code and you’ll pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden shoddy workmanship and improper inspections by Code officials.  At no cost to you, let us have your home checked to see if you are one of 1000s in Texas (name your State) where Codes are ignored. Call Saul…

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Added by Colin Genge on July 29, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Cost of using a BPI QCI?

I'd like to find out if there is a consensus on a rule of thumb cost of a QCI onsite for inspections. Would it be $25 -$50 per hour, $75, ....$125 per hour?

Any input would be both helpful and appreciated.

Added by Gar Swaffar on July 28, 2015 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

With record high heat/humidity come xtreme door sticking.

Living in Missouri, the combination of record high temperatures and extreme humidity are really becoming evident with all our house doors sticking. Doors we've never seen stick before. This record weather is also pointing out some deficiencies in our HVAC with condensation. (If you see water dripping, check duct work…

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Added by Don Fitchett on July 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Use Landscape Architecture to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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There are two reasons why residential home owners evaluate energy efficient options. The…

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Added by Greg Hannah on July 27, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Taming the Energy Use of Gaming Computers

New report on the surprising energy appetite of gaming PCs -- More info and link to the full report here.

While not part of the building envelope or primary systems that home energy pros usually engage with, it's important to know about this increasingly…

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Added by Evan Mills on July 21, 2015 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

The Roadmap To 100% Renewable comes with a $12trn pricetag

Fossil fuels are expected to run out by 2088, so within the next 40 years, everyone will need to switch to clean energy to sustain increasing demands. Luckily one of the first countries with a plan on how renewable will materialize is the United States.

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson developed a …

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Added by Avi Yashchin on July 21, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

The Real Women of Home Performance

At the ACI National Conference this year, I was remiss that there was no official presence of Women in Home Performance. What I found encouraging was that people noticed and asked for more. So, with the gracious assistance of long time supporter Macie Melendez of Home Energy magazine, we’re back! Macie and I will be interviewing women in the industry in a blog series, The Real Women of…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 14, 2015 at 1:57pm — 6 Comments

What to Consider For Heating and Cooling Design for a Tiny House

Are you considering building a tiny house? The move to tiny houses is sweeping across America. More people realize the benefits of living a clutter-free, minimal life.



However, one of the biggest advantages of living in a tiny house is that it you can save a lot of money. Running a tiny house is much cheaper than running the traditionally large American home.…



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Added by Dan McKee on July 14, 2015 at 5:55am — No Comments

A CHEAT SHEET FOR ENERGY MODELLING OLD HOMES

Sustainable Energi Solutions

The biggest errors occur in modeling estimates of…

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Added by Bijou Lulla on July 8, 2015 at 1:18am — 5 Comments

ENERGY CONNEXIONS in Phoenix, AZ, AUGUST 10-12, 2015

Energy Connexions is an upcoming training/trade show event for energy managers and sustainability professionals held August 10-12 in Phoenix, AZ. The Energy Exchange – below - will be providing two-and-a-half days of structured training to employees from federal agencies, both civilian and military, as well as partnering…

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Added by Stacy Hunt on July 7, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments

Dealing with the 5 Most Common Furnace and Heating Problems

Most people are reminded of the furnace repair service just when the fall or winter arrives. Whether it’s a residential or a commercial setting, you might have to face a lot of furnace problems in the chilly weather if you have not taken proper care of it until then. This is why you should know about the most common problems so that when these occur, you can manage those efficiently. In case you are wondering why you need to pay a lot of attention to heating repair, there are thousands of…

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Added by SmithWatson on July 7, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

DOE's Building Science Education efforts - a request

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific checklists intended to be used by partnering training organizations, universities and certification bodies to self–certify that their programs include these important aspects of…

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Added by Stacy Hunt on July 6, 2015 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

Building America Webinar: Put New Tools and Content on the Building America Solution Center To Work for You! July 22, 3pm ET/1pm MT/12pm PT

The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on the Building America Solution Center. The Building America Solution Center is known for its easy-to-follow, illustrated, step-by-step guides for installing the measures that make up high-performance homes.  A number of updates have been implemented that offer exciting new tools and content that builders and industry professionals can put to work immediately.  Tune in to this webinar to hear about the latest Solution…

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Added by Stacy Hunt on July 6, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RETROFITS.....IN NUMBERS WE TRUST

There has been much ado about the recent paper published by E2e; Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program, the final word on which is yet to be written.

Decades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment - and these benefits far exceed the costs. But numbers can be distorted and therein is the bane of Energy efficiency projects.

E2e has some heavy…

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Added by Bijou Lulla on July 5, 2015 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments

Here are a few tips to keep your air conditioning bill low

TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR AIR CONDITIONER – Like any major appliance, your AC requires regular maintenance and care in order to run smoothly and efficiently. To get the most out of your window AC, you should change or clean the filter a few times each summer. If you use central air conditioning, there are also a few steps to take to keep your unit clean. Contact D&D for information on keeping your unit in tip top shape.…

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Added by Mariusz Chorazy on July 4, 2015 at 2:02pm — No Comments

More Ways in Which You Can Use Your Laser Measuring Tool

laser measure devices are quickly replacing the traditional metal tapes due to their effectiveness and accuracy. While the simplest use of this kind of artifacts is measuring the distance between two points, there is a wide variety of extra applications you can find for your laser measurer.

Below you’ll find a large list of additional applications for your laser measurer.

Large storage facilities equipped with…

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Added by Lars olsen on July 3, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Rainwater use

I have directed my water from my gutters to water my Garden, my Grape vines, and my Hostas that line my driveway. I used to use Rain Barrels but they did fill up quickly and I had to remove them during Winter as not to split. Instead I chose a Leaf Diverter as the base of the downspout and trenched in drainage pipe to direct the water underground to water the subsurface. Part of the water does go to the curb but up to 70% of my water I use on my property. I have also research Rainwater…

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Added by David A. Minor on July 2, 2015 at 9:02am — No Comments

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