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Rocket Science?

The old expression when something is supposed to be simple is to say that, “This is not rocket science!” as though rocket science was the most complicated thing we can think of.  I will admit that some of the things rocket scientists have done are pretty amazing.  I don’t have a clue how you land a probe on an asteroid moving at thousands of miles an hour somewhere out there in space.  Or manipulate a vehicle on the surface of a planet and send back, “Wish you were here!” snapshots - in…

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Added by Paul Raymer on March 6, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Over 146,000 Homes in the U.S. were HERS Rated and issued a HERS Index Score in 2014

In 2014 there were 146,860 homes in the United States that were energy rated by certified RESNET HERS Raters and issued a HERS Index Score.  According to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau this represents over 33.8% of all new homes sold in the nation.  The average HERS Index Score of the homes rated in 2014 was 63.

The five leading states in terms of homes receiving a HERS Index were:

  • Texas – 28,784
  • Florida – 14,994
  • North Carolina –…
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Added by Laurel Elam on March 4, 2015 at 7:54am — No Comments

Top 8 Solar Panel Manufacturers in India

Non-Renewable resources are reducing rapidly. Powering homes and offices through other means, nuclear, wind or hydro-energy is costly and still in its infancy. But India’s location, landscapes and abundance of sunshine makes it a perfect place for using solar energy. In fact, more and more people now choose Solar Panels in India for powering their homes, ensuring reduction in expensive electricity bills, hassle free electricity throughout the day and eco-friendly…

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Added by Shashank Kirloskar on March 3, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Getting a Dam and Giving a Dam: A City Saves Millions by Converting to Renewable Energy

Vermont is the “Most Green” state in America and one small city with big dreams is helping to make this happen. Burlington, the biggest city in the state with a whopping 42,284 residents, took an impossible idea and brought it to fruition: 100 percent of its electricity is drawn from…

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Added by Avi Yashchin on March 3, 2015 at 7:55pm — No Comments

At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things

The Internet of Things has already improved my everyday life. Devices that communicate with each other deliver new services and features that I appreciate. However, as the Internet of Things expands from a few linked devices to a pervasive network, I fear that aggravation will soon replace appreciation. Are we moving toward the Internet of Annoying Things?

We become aware of the Internet of…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 2, 2015 at 8:53am — 4 Comments

How SDO's Certifications are making Steel Industry Effective & Efficient?

The American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM codes and standards is the biggest association to design and publish the rules and standards for the processes that guide the manufacturing of metals. All the members who participate in the devising of ASTM standards are volunteers selected on the basis of their knowledge and ability to comprehend the rules.

The ASTM or the American Society for Testing and Materials is considered to be the base of all the rules and standards that…

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Added by Daina Martin on February 25, 2015 at 12:55am — No Comments

Net Zero Summit March 3-5

I wanted to encourage all you deep energy/ZNE enthusiasts to hie thee to the Net Zero North American Leadership Summit in Boston, March 3-5. The program is a standout, ranging from solar pioneer Steven Strong to Senator Jaime Eldridge to energy guru Marc Rosenbaum, and countless other rock stars. Here's the program. Check it out, register now! Wide-ranging discussions will be had (I first typed "ranting" --…

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Added by Ann Edminster on February 18, 2015 at 9:42pm — No Comments

How to Optimize On-Bill Financing to Help Illinois Building Owners Invest in Energy Efficiency

This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy.

Building owners can save money by investing in energy efficiency improvements. But if they can’t afford the upfront costs of the upgrades, they continue to pay higher energy bills and are even less able to pay for energy efficiency improvements down the road.

On-bill financing (OBF) is one tool to help owners break out of this cycle. It provides an opportunity to invest in energy…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 18, 2015 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations

     Imagine this: you go out to your local entertainment big-box store and purchase the top of the line “HUMONGOUS” television.  When you get home, you don’t think anything about it and just go ahead plugging it directly into the wall socket, right?  What’s that you say, ludicrous?  Of course, we would only plug that piece of beautiful technology into a UL rated surge protector!

     So, I gave it away in the first paragraph: a UL rated surge protector.  But, don’t…

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Added by Christopher Morin on February 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

A Big Boost For Weatherization: Habitat for Humanity on Deck to Help Out

Happy to see that one of our best clean energy advocates, Brad Penney, has rejoined NASCSP as a consultant lobbying for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization has made a comeback after bottoming out at $68M in FY 2012.  The FY 2015 enacted level is back up to $194M, and the White House has requested $228M in FY 2016. Brad will be leading the advocates fighting to boost Weatherization funding back over $200M and hopefully reach the Administration request in the current…
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Added by Stan Harbuck on February 12, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Smart Grid Projects for Improved Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a term given to the process of using energy that maximizes power saving without reducing service or utility. In a developing country like India, energy is the capital on which industries thrive. To fulfill industrial needs, a lot of energy is produced within the country as well as purchased from foreign lands. The result is a lot of expenditure and pollution. To make things worse, there is a lot of mismanagement of the grids that leads to considerable loss of…

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Added by Daina Martin on February 12, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Fast and Easy Fuel Monitoring

Fast and Easy Fuel Monitoring

In the quest for faster results and more accurate heating fuel use data, the folks at YShape have come up with a nifty device called the HeetMeter.…

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Added by Dale@EnergyWright on February 11, 2015 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Check Out Few Amazing Wind Energy Facts That You Didn't Know About!

Generation of power through renewable energy resources has increased in good numbers over the past. Wind power is one of them. There are various pros and cons of…

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Added by Mclean Harry on February 11, 2015 at 1:55am — No Comments

A Guide To Caring For Gas Wall Heaters

A Guide To Caring For Gas Wall Heaters

Added by Xavier Smith on February 10, 2015 at 3:36am — No Comments

Online Reviews Can Make or Break Business

Consulting online reviews has become an integral part of the modern consumer’s buying process. A recent study from Dimensional research found that the buying decisions of 90% of respondents were influenced by positive online reviews, while 86% were influenced by negative reviews.

To dig deeper, Software Advice (an…

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Added by Macie Melendez on February 5, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Point-of-Sale Energy Efficient Financing

It’s no secret that finances are often a barrier to home performance upgrades for homeowners. This is precisely why programs like the PowerSaver loan program are helpful as they work with contractors and equipment installers interested in offering energy efficient financing at the point of sale.

So what is the PowerSaver loan?

Choose from Three Loan Products

There are three PowerSaver…

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Added by Macie Melendez on February 5, 2015 at 12:20pm — 3 Comments

Greetings!

This place is awesome. Kudos! My name is Avi Yashchin and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone at Home Energy Pros. Just a brief description of me and what I do:

I began my career in finance and eventually became a vice president in the Global Products Group at Barclays. With my background in technology development, I realized I could do more than increase Wall Street's considerable profits. So, in 2008 I left and founded CleanEdison, which provides vocational training in…

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Added by Avi Yashchin on February 5, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

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