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December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

“Weatherization Drives New Technology and the Home Performance Industry,” hosted by NASCSP, brought a full house of movers and shakers to the White House to demonstrate WAP’s technical innovations, leadership in the home performance industry, and role as a go-to partner for utility and other partnership projects. Brad Penney, on behalf of NASCSP, opened the event and thanked the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 13, 2013 at 9:18am — 14 Comments

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

[Cross-posted from the Home Energy magazine blog]

ACI hosted its Regional Home Performance Conference (#acica13) in La Jolla, Calif. last month for approximately 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This event comes at a critical juncture as the second phase of Energy Upgrade California (the first was during the ARRA Recovery Act period) is currently ramped up by the Regional Area Networks, the new configuration of…

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Added by Tom White on December 12, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

The EPA and MIT Conclude that we should Stop all Activity!

According to the U.S.E.P.A., 

  • Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil), solid waste, trees and wood products, and also as a result of certain chemical reactions (e.g., manufacture of cement). Carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere (or "sequestered") when it is absorbed by plants as part of the biological carbon cycle.
  • Methane is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and…
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Added by Tom DelConte on December 12, 2013 at 5:32am — No Comments

Welcome to my blog

My idea of a blog isn't so much writing knowledgeably on a topic for other people to benefit from, but a personal journal of my professional experiences.  I've been an Energy Auditor for almost two years and so I plan to blog about all the things I do wrong and don't know.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Yeah, and my blog is SO not public.  :-)

Added by Teresa Coffman on December 9, 2013 at 4:45pm — No Comments

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

by Tara Taffera

December 3rd, 2013

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

I don’t know about you but I am sick of hearing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and am glad these are over. What I am more interested in is how companies contributed to recent events such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday.

I wrote my …

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Added by Tony Ramirez on December 3, 2013 at 8:25pm — 1 Comment

How to Safely Handle CFLs

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are one of the most popular energy-saving options because they emit as much light as a traditional bulb but use less energy. As simple as it may be to change a light bulb, there are some safety precautions that must be adhered to in order for the CFL to be an effective, safe, environmentally friendly option. Here are a few things you need to know when…

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Added by Everblue Training on December 2, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments

Does Aeroseal work? An auditors review

Aeroseal is a product that seals small leaks in the ductwork. No attic work is required by the crew to work the equipment. It is monitored by a computer program that tells when the pressure of the ductwork is low enough that most of the leakage has been sealed.



The plus side to Aeroseal is that:



1. It is able to reach inaccessible parts if the attic such as flat roofs.



2. No attic work has to be done.



3. Unlike…

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Added by David Byrnes on November 30, 2013 at 1:00am — 9 Comments

"There can be no Economy where there is no Efficiency", Benjamin Disraeli

  For those who do not know, not that I would expect any of us should, Benjamin was a British Statesman and two-time…

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Added by Christopher Morin on November 25, 2013 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

What Affects Energy Prices in Texas?

Every homeowner and business owner needs to pay their electric bills but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily enjoy doing so. This is especially true when it seems as if the rates keep rising at certain times of the year. Some people look for ways to reduce their bills, whether by limiting their use of electricity or by switching companies but before doing either of these things, it is important to understand what affects the energy prices in the first place. Prices will vary slightly…

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Added by David Adam on November 21, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Over-sized Equipment No More!

4 or 5 ton systems should be multi-stage...

Despite the passing of…

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Added by Christopher Morin on November 19, 2013 at 7:36am — 4 Comments

Important Tips to Reduce Electricity Cost

Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either.  Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.

 

Get a Smart…

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Added by David Adam on November 18, 2013 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Why Are There Hybrid Water Heater 'Studies,' Mommy?

The old MBA technique: make the man go fetch the data, huh? It would be unconscionable to install a piece of equipment in a customer's home that is known by everyone to not be durable: http://www.amazon.com/GE-GeoSpring-Hybrid-Heater-GEH50DNSRSA/produc...  One poor…

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Added by Tom DelConte on November 16, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Air Leakage Testing a New Off-Grid High Performance House

We had the great pleasure of air leakage testing a new off-grid, high performance house last week. It was the most air tight building we’d ever tested!

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Situated on a hill overlooking the sweep of the Saugeen River below.

Builder Steven…

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Added by Greg Labbe on November 12, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Will California AB 327 work?

So I met a man from SDG&E the other day. It was a chance meeting as he was explaining to a customer how he was being charged for electricity. He was very informed and I picked his brain with a few question trying not to be to intrusive.  He explained some of the new changes in charges that will be forth coming. Flat rates for electricity in California

A little background.

 The great Enron Crisis of 2000 caused sweeping changes in rates and how we as consumers we are charged…

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Added by Glen Gallo on November 11, 2013 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Perception: The Service Technician

It was not too long ago that the HVAC Service Technician took great pride in representing the company he or she worked for. They would be at work early, enthusiastic for the day ahead; helping the elderly without heat first after the big snow storm. They would answer their emergency calls within minutes after the noise of the dreadful beeper, and later cell phone. It only took about five minutes, but shining their boots before heading out the door felt like an eternity. Removing them when… Continue

Added by Christopher Morin on November 10, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

The Cult of the Blower Door

A homeowner was referred to me as someone who might be able to help him solve a serious moisture problem in his home here in Central New York.  The caller’s home started out in the 1950s as what we near the Adirondacks refer to as a “camp,” but it had been greatly expanded and improved over the years, and such places are often really lovely.

 

He mentioned that the moisture problem is so severe that he has a commercial dehumidifier going 24/7/365 (366 in leap year), and he…

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Added by Ed Voytovich on November 8, 2013 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

The Importance Of Furnace Cleaning and Maintenance

As the trees start to lose their leaves and the temperatures begin to drop, we tend to turn our home heating system on for comfort. However, what most people don’t realize is that, like any other appliance, our furnace also needs regular care in order to perform at its highest as well as to last longer.

First: Clean up your Furnace

Regardless of what type of furnace you have, …

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Added by Matthew Zajechowski on November 6, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments

We're Too Serious

While preparing for Home Energy’s 30th anniversary, we leafed through some of the earliest issues. Today’s issues are slick compared to those early years. It was amateur hour then because an untrained staff researched and wrote articles, prepared artwork, edited, typeset, proofed, and much more. Still, the topics have not changed much and—sadly—some of the editorials from the 1980s…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 5, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Capturing the Value of Green - Step by Step

Don't miss this FREE Event open to the public that includes the step by step process for gaining more value for homes with green and energy efficient features.  December 2, 5:30 - 7:30, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, 836 E University, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Featured Speakers - Sandra Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Service, Punta Gorda, Florida; Chriss Wass, Firefly Living; & Matt Thorne, Nova Home Loans.  

Food & Drinks will be served. 

To…

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Added by Jan Green on November 5, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

2 Day Green Certified Course for Appraisers in Phoenix

First 25 will be refunded the $75 Fee for this 2 day course, includes:

Introduction to Green Building & Case Studies in Green Residential Buildings.  

12/3 - 4, 8 - 5, Phoenix Business & Workforce Development Center, 302 N First Ave, 6th Floor, Phoenix, 85003.

Courses will be taught by Sandy Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Service, Punta Gorda, Florida; Vice Chair for Education for the Appraisal Institute. 

To Register:  …

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Added by Jan Green on November 5, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

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