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The Latest Trend in Home Performance: Why You Should Be Concerned

For the past couple of years there has been a lot of conversation in the industry about indoor air quality and the health benefits of home performance upgrades. Even the certification folks have jumped on the bandwagon, offering special certifications for home inspections that focus on health and indoor…

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Added by Efficiency First California on September 21, 2017 at 8:01am — No Comments

Upgrade Your Home with Modern Wood Stoves

It is better to be equipped with modern wood stoves as winter is never too far behind. Human fascination with fire has not yet come to an end. Thanks to modern technology, wood stoves on sale today not just serve to add to your home’s beauty but they are also environment friendly.

A wood stove exudes a certain charm and a wide array of…

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Added by Alfie Davis on September 19, 2017 at 5:49am — No Comments

Connecticut Builders at the Forefront of Zero Energy Home Construction

Since 2009, Connecticut utilities Eversource and United Illuminating have provided a stage for builders to compete and showcase their newly-constructed super energy-efficient homes through Energize Connecticut’s Zero Energy Challenge(ZEC).

The Challenge has kick-started a new era of home building in Connecticut. Builders…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 15, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

NREL Research Finds That 22% of New Homes Completed in the U.S. in 2016 Were HERS Rated

The National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (NREL) has been researching the penetration of the HERS Index Score in the U.S. housing market and discovered that in 2016, 22% of all completed new homes in the U.S. were HERS rated, according to David Roberts, NREL Residential Buildings Research Group…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 12, 2017 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

Home Energy Pros to close down effective October 1

After a very productive 7 years of growing the Home Energy Pros network, our long-standing financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy for this activity has come to an end. We’ve garnered 5,500 members, who have collectively generated thousands of pages of crowd-sourced content and discussion (more on that here). Over 3 million non-members have viewed the information.  Unfortunately, networks like this don't…

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Added by Evan Mills on September 5, 2017 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

LIHEAP In Action: A LIHEAP Employee Story

"In a tremendously difficult economy, I found myself desiring to learn a new skill set, one that could sustain me throughout my lifetime. I would have to say that the educational resources offered through training have served to heighten the development of my vocation which parallels my passion for this…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 30, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

How Can Your Solar Panels Add To Your Home’s Value?

From charging your devices to powering your entire home, solar energy has revolutionized the ways you utilize electricity. Unlike those home improvement fads that come and go, solar energy maintained a steady growth curve of more than 60 percent over the past decade (between 2006 and 2016). By embracing solar panels for their homes, the citizens of Tampa and other places that enjoy year-round sunshine can enjoy a host of benefits— a drop in the utility bills, reduced carbon footprint,…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on August 30, 2017 at 12:17am — No Comments

If You Sell Electricity, You Should Be Worried

Any way you look at it, residential electricity use in America is falling. Recent data from the Energy Information Administration show that electricity use fell 3% in total and 7% when calculated per person in the last five years. This is a lot of electricity, corresponding to a 300 kWh per year reduction per person, or about one refrigerator per home. The decline also appears to be widespread; for example, residential electricity consumption fell in 48 out of 50 states between 2010 and 2015…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 21, 2017 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

What are the advantages of Cavity Wall Insulation?

Having a decent insulation arrangement is something that is regularly ignored by mortgage holders, with…

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Added by Safe-R Insulation on August 21, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

Women in Building Performance: Julie Michals

Julie Michals is the Director of Clean Energy Valuation at E4TheFuture. In this role, her focus is on initiatives that improve approaches to measuring and evaluating clean energy program implementation. Prior to joining E4TheFuture, she spent 14 years with…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 16, 2017 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Solar Decathlon CO-LOCATED with National Solar Conference and Community Challenge Workshop!

I just saw the blog on the Decathlon-- and I wanted to say But Wait, There's More! On days between the Decathlon weekends, in the same location, you can take in the 2017 National Solar Conference, organized by the American Solar Energy Society. This includes the meeting of the Passive Solar building folks and a special, free one-day workshop, sponsored by the DOE Solar…

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Added by Jill Cliburn on August 14, 2017 at 7:48am — 1 Comment

Volunteers needed for the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 - Denver, Co.

Please help us spread the word to your colleagues and friends in Denver, Co!

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that…

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Added by Stacy Hunt on August 14, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

Will ZNE Transform Energy Efficiency?

There is a lot of conversation these days about making buildings Zero Net Energy (ZNE). The basic idea is that a ZNE house or building produces as much energy as it uses in a year. Early adopters have been interested in ZNE building for years, but its only recently that…

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Added by Efficiency First California on August 8, 2017 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Micro-housing for Veterans

“‘Never leave someone behind.’

That was our pledge in the military and in my time as a police officer. When you retire or move on, that doesn’t go away.”

In 2014, Donnie Davis got a phone call about a local campground in southern New Jersey that was up for sale. A crazy idea popped into his head. It would require a lot of money and hard work, but it had the potential to help countless neighbors and families. Donnie decided to take a leap of faith — and change the lives of his…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 31, 2017 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

At the Better Buildings By Design conference, Ann Edminster spoke about the growing interest in net-zero-energy buildings saying, “This [net-zero-energy construction] is a market opportunity. This field is going to explode.”

Edminster was right. According to the Net-Zero Energy…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 27, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

Federal Energy Efficiency on the chopping block!

Up to 40% cuts on the table to EnergyStar and more. Visit http://www.ase.org/Please take action.…

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Added by Will johnson on July 27, 2017 at 9:03am — No Comments

It’s Time to Stop Using Fire in Our Homes

At some point in time man gained control over fire. Fire was very useful: it could be used to cook food, provide light, and its heat allowed us to survive in hostile environments.

Thousands of years later, some things haven’t changed much. Whether we have a natural gas or propane furnace or (in some parts of…

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Added by Efficiency First California on July 18, 2017 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Energy loss through fireplace

There are a lot of different kinds of fireplaces out there.  We all know the old wood burning type, but the newer gas fireplaces are more convenient and cleaner burning.  

I have customers that are complaining about the cold air coming in from the gas fireplace.  I have done a lot of research for my business, with some confusing information about the construction of gas fireplaces.  There seems to be a trend of venting the gas fireplace, directly outside, behind the fireplace.  I have…

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Added by Beverly Lerch on July 13, 2017 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Good Intentions, Poor Results

The energy efficiency industry in California is tangled with regulation.

Without a doubt, there are many policies that have been successful. California’s strict building codes have reduced energy use per capita and are responsible for eliminating the need to build 15-20 new power plants over the last 30 years. This is a great result and job well done.

But there are also plenty of cases where…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 12, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Angry Air!

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor.  It always seeks the path of least resistance.”  He didn’t say that Angry air is Noisy air.   Air doesn’t like being forced through corrugated, flexible ducting, pushed around corners, and made to force open dampers.  It resists being made to perform in a way that it doesn’t want to.  It takes more and more force as the resistance increases.  Air is just fine when you just let it move at will.  It can…

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Added by Paul Raymer on July 7, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

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