November 2011 Blog Posts (30)

Jumping the Hurdles to a Green MLS

Sean Smith was the man in the middle. – a key figure with a foot in both worlds of business and “green.” 


A high-end general contractor, he built two LEED-certified homes in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver in 2009.  At an educational session he hosted there, the U.S. Green Building Council approached him to serve on a committee.  “If you’re doing big-picture things, I’m all over it,” he told them.


At a subsequent meeting at the Governor’s Energy…


Added by Melissa Baldridge on November 10, 2011 at 8:49am — 6 Comments

Efficiency - What's missing, maybe?

What can we learn and use from world class organizations, and how they got there? How does this apply to energy efficiency rating and auditing?

The bottom line: They produced and sold what the customer actually wanted and was willing to pay for. There are a lot of other things they did, but all complexities funneled back into the purpose of delivering something…


Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 9, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

High Efficiency Fireplace

How to Raise the Efficiency of Your Fireplace

by Don Ames,


Story tells of a gentleman that came home from work…


Added by Don Ames on November 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Your Wood Burning Fireplace is a Loser

Wood Burning Fireplace: Energy Efficiency Loser.

by Don Ames,, and the eNewsletter, the Energy Spy Insider

People can have a Love-hate relationship with their wood burning fireplace. There is a lot of loving and hating going on right about now, because cooler weather has come and there are about 35 million fireplaces in the U.S. Whether we are hanging the Christmas stockings with care or trying…


Added by Don Ames on November 6, 2011 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

Zero touch energy audit: Will it change the game?

What new energy efficiency technologies will change the game? I’d like to use this space on occasion to explore that question and get your feedback on companies that I profile.

This week’s company is FirstFuel Software, which it appears could make the conventional energy building audit go the way of the buggy whip.



Added by Elisa Wood on November 4, 2011 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Inexpensive / Air Proof Electrical Attic Junction Box Cover

CAD Design-Weatherize-Insulate-Fire Block-Electrical Junction Box

CAD Diagram explains how to Build and Air Tight Electrical Junction Box located in most…


Added by scottscontracting on November 4, 2011 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Maryland Home Performance Shines

My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!)

"The Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star website is friendly, functional, and full of great information.  I was first introduced to by my brother who is editor of Home Energy Magazine.   He…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Recycling is not just for Cans

Earlier this year I was asked to replace a leaking roof on a Patio of an Investment Property. The job consisted of removing the existing Mound City Clay Roof Tiles from the Porch Roof and replacing with Certain Teed 3 Tab-Shingles (…


Added by scottscontracting on November 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Winterize Your Home and Get Ready for Winter

By Don Ames, & the Energy Spy Insider Free eNewsletter

attic insulation…

Added by Don Ames on November 1, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Home Energy Pros turns one!

When my first kid turned one, he was barely walking.

When Home Energy Pros turned one it was galloping.

We’re off to a wildly…


Added by Evan Mills on November 1, 2011 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

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