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Making Homes Cozier With a House Party

This week, Elevate Energy read two great accounts of how friends and neighbors came together to learn how to make their own homes cozier and more energy efficient. Thanks for sharing!

This homeowner wanted to improve her “leaky old ship” of a home and discovered an energy loss culprit.



Added by Melissa Ulbricht on May 15, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 2

[This is the second in a three-part inteview with Van Jones, who delivered the keynote address in Detroit, Mich., on April 30, 2014, to attendees of the ACI National Home Performance Conference.  The full interview is posted in three consecutive blogs. …


Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 14, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 1

Van Jones delivered the opening plenary keynote speech for ACI's 2014 National Home Performance Conference in Detroit last week.  I've been aware of Van's work since he started the Green Collar Job Corps program at the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif., back in 2007.  Van was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act that was signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush in that year. 

Under the Obama…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 13, 2014 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Everyone Knows You Except for Your Electric Utility

Netflix, you were right. I liked Downton Abbey. And thanks, Amazon I do want to read Michael Lewis’ new book. I still can’t figure out how Google knows I have a new dog.

Even if at times it feels a bit eerie, such ‘consumer-of-one’ marketing is a convenience many of us have come to appreciate. And it’s an approach now embraced by most major retailers.

The exception? You’ve guessed it: the ever-old fashioned electric utility.



Added by Elisa Wood on May 10, 2014 at 1:19am — 3 Comments

I survived my first ACI

I did it. I survived my first conference in this industry, the 2014 ACI National Home Performance conference in Detroit.

When I joined The Energy Conservatory in June 2013 I was brand new to this industry. Before TEC I didn’t even know this industry existed, let alone what a blower door was. To help me learn all of this building science geekiness I decided to take BPI’s Building Science Principles course and exam. I read the book twice, and then took the exam, which I passed! I…


Added by Kim Tanner on May 9, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The SmartGauge Revolution

Detroit, ACI 2014

Chances are you were at the ASHRAE 62.2 debate, if you were at ACI last Thursday morning. While you were venting about exhaust or listening to Dr Joe drop F-bombs there was a quiet revolution taking place in room 330.

The WiFi revolution.

Retrotec and The Energy Conservatory - the two giants of pressure diagnostic tools- collaborated to show us the future. A future…


Added by j. west on May 9, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

Is it Difficult to Find Energy Rebates & Incentives?

Nobody is going to just give you free money for helping their cause, right? Well, when it involves energy, there are ways for you to get some money back!

The Challenge

A little research online these days can go a long way, but many people don't make the time. To them I say, "don't be scared, Google, Bing or Yahoo! won't return results that say, 'no'". You can find anything online today with a little work; rebate and incentives you will find.…


Added by King Rosales on May 8, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Affordably Net-Zero

In addition to saving energy, net-zero technologies offer a plethora of health, safety, and environmental benefits; but achieving zero energy can be prohibitively expensive. In this interview, Lucas Alm and Dan Handeen…


Added by Anna Jursik on May 8, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Addressing Common Air Conditioning Problems

Searching for information regarding What are the most common problems of air conditioners would be something that you could do in order to limit the stress that you are under when faced with an air conditioner that is not performing as you would like it to.

Any person that lives in an area of the country where the weather is typically hot outside knows just how vital it…


Added by Nancy shirley on May 7, 2014 at 4:06am — 1 Comment

New Air Tightness Record in Ontario (Dare I say Canada?)

It happened again yesterday: a new record (tell me if you know of a tighter house in Ontario if not Canada!) for air tightness was broken in Oakville by Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Ed Marion of Passive House Ontario.

And this was just a pre-drywall test, so it can only get better from here.…


Added by Greg Labbe on May 6, 2014 at 1:51pm — 5 Comments

The House of Mystery

Sometimes we forget how complicated a house is. Building scientists know all about a house’s complexity because, even with help from supercomputers, they still can’t reliably simulate many of the processes taking place, let alone model the whole house. Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the darn thing can’t keep still. Cycles with different periods impose their wills on the structure and equipment in not entirely predictable ways. The seasons impose annual cycles for the sun and average…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 2, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

As usual, the ACI National Home Performance Conference contained too many highlights to mention in one blog post. So I will share just a few.

Got up early on Tuesday and went with Tom White, Home Energy Publisher, to a rehab house in a neighborhood of…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 2, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

GeoSpring HPHWH from GE

Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter.  The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…


Added by John Nicholas on May 1, 2014 at 6:58am — No Comments

H.O. Electric Receives 2014 Best of Belmont Award

H.O. Electric Receives 2014 Best of Belmont Award


Belmont Award Program Honors the Achievement


BELMONT April 23, 2014 -- H.O. Electric has been selected for the 2014 Best of Belmont Award in the Air Conditioning…


Added by H.O. Electric on April 30, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Now Recognized by Appraisers

The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.

Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency

The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…


Added by Everblue Training on April 30, 2014 at 5:39am — No Comments

Are you able to justify your Energy Management investments?

No business can afford to waste money. Each one is held accountable for how it spends financial resources. Enterprise-level companies in particular are under constant pressure to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of assets and justify investments in the context of Cost, Profitability, Productivity, and Sustainability.

Improved energy efficiency is by far the single largest unleashed opportunity to reduce TCO across the enterprise. For example:

  • In…

Added by Eshwar Parasuraman on April 29, 2014 at 11:09pm — No Comments

A Bit More on Energy Out West 2014

I'll be flying out to Detroit for the ACI National Home Performance Conference next Monday, but before get to Detroit and that great conference, I thought I'd share one more special moment from Energy Out West.

On Thursday afternoon last week, just after lunch, John Tooley, Anthony Cox,…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Plugging into the Internet of Things

Imagine if your furnace let you know when needed a tune-up, or if your home theatre saw you coming and turned itself on. According to Marc Jensen, managing partner and chief technology officer at space150, the Internet of…


Added by Anna Jursik on April 22, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments

Energy OutWest 2014

David Hepinstall (right) and his colleague from the Association for Energy Affordability in New York City through their work provide a powerful antidote to cynicism. 
I was at the Energy OutWest Conference several years ago, but a memory still…

Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.

Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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