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Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Used car salesmen get a bad rap, and there are good reasons for that. But I think the home performance community can learn from them in some important ways. I say that as someone who once had a serious case of buyer’s remorse, but got over it.

When I first moved to California I was working at an independent bookstore in Berkeley, and I liked the idea of not having a car. But after a year I realized that I couldn’t get everywhere I wanted to go in a timely manner on BART (Bay…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 31, 2013 at 5:18am — 11 Comments

Michigan GreenStar’s First Certified Remodel in Grand Rapids shows 50% energy reduction

Being the Executive Director at an organization that promotes and trains on residential green building, Brett Little decided  to put his money where his mouth was and commit to green remodeling in his first house purchase. Brett and his wife Laura wanted to commit to the up and coming city of Grand Rapids Michigan, which was easy to do with all the past few years of recognition and grow (Most sustainable mid sized city, beer city usa 12′ and 13′, top ten place to find a job, most LEED…

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Added by Brett Little on July 26, 2013 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Heat Pumps Brisbane: Factors to Be Considered Before Buying

Having an efficient water heating system in homes has become very important in today’s era. Because of rising inflation, it is more crucial to cut down electricity bills and look for more environment friendly products. Heat pump Brisbane works in similar fashion to refrigerator functioning and lessens the electricity costs effectively.…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on July 25, 2013 at 11:28pm — No Comments

PED's for an HVAC Technician?

An acronym for what is synonymous with all that is bad with the American Pastime, Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) have been proven to inflate a ballplayer's performance.  Most important in contract years, a player's performance is measured in specific statistics.  So, what if there was a pill, or cream, that an HVAC Technician or Salesperson could take to inflate their numbers.  Make them perform at the top of their field and get them the highest pay in the industry?  Would you take it?…

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Added by Christopher Morin on July 25, 2013 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Checklists—The Professional's Best Friend

Want to know why air travel is still, by far, the safest way to go? Do you want to know how hospitals around the world can cut the risk of post-surgical complications and death by more than half? Do you wonder why the greatest triumphs of engineering, buildings and infrastructure, are beautiful, as well as safe and functional? The answer is checklists. I was inspired by this simple and powerful tool after reading The Checklist…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on July 24, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Seeking Multifamily Building Operators, Quality Control Inspectors, and Retrofit Project Managers

Due to the need for additional responses, the Multifamily Housing Job Task Analyses Validation Study is being extended until Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).  In particular, we are seeking responses from Multifamily Building Operators, Multifamily Quality Control Inspectors, and…

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Added by Steve Lommele on July 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Integration of VRV / VRF Air- Conditioning Systems and Home Automation / BMS Controllers

Integration of VRV / VRF Air- Conditioning Systems and Home Automation / BMS Controllers   

The latest generation in Air-Conditioning Systems incorporates advanced VRV/VRF technology that saves energy and is extremely quiet in operation. These systems are no longer as rare as they were in the past and are now getting the attention they deserve together with increased market…

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Added by ofer ben -nathan on July 22, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Elder Star

All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population brings new needs across the whole spectrum of health, transportation, recreation, housing, and safety. And since the over-65 cohort is a growing…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 9, 2013 at 3:51pm — 3 Comments

Modernizing the Residential Utility Disclosure Ordinance in Chicago

Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.

Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 9, 2013 at 1:23pm — 3 Comments

Public Art to Promote Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…

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Added by Anna Jursik on July 9, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

L'isolation

Pensez à isoler par l'extérieur votre habitation avant que l'hiver et le froid reviennent.

Added by Isolation devis on July 8, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Besoin de conseils ou d'un devis pour la renovation de salle de bain de votre habitation ?

Besoin de conseils ou d'un devis pour la renovation de salle de bain de votre habitation ?

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Added by Isolation devis on July 8, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Thinshell

Remember the word "Plastic" in that famous movie I can't remember the name of, but Dustin Hoffman was the kid. My stroke last year is no help either.

Here's the next word for all of you:  THINSHELL, both with metal stud framing and without, is the single biggest development in the world of construction and the AEC industry, and I invented it about 35 years ago in Hawaii.

Tilt-up die hards bemoan the entry of the replacement for common, thick, heavy conventional tilt-up but…

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Added by Tony Ruiz on July 8, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments

A/C a Necessity in New England?

  I remember not all too long ago, yes I am still on what I hope to be the first half of my life, that Central Air-Conditioning was a luxury.  Like the radio, then the television; next the telephone, and now the cell phone, Air-conditioning has become a necessity.  What was before Air-Conditioning?  What did the weather people (yes, politically correct here on Excess Air) say to the elderly before they would recommend "staying inside, out of the heat"?

  I remember what I used to do…

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Added by Christopher Morin on July 7, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Not getting it

I live in New England, New Hampshire, to be specific, and I just don't get the lack of seriousness about weatherization and credentials here. I'm BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, have taken the Resnet Energy Smart Contractor test, have OSHA 10, lead certified renovator, the list goes on and on. Means nothing here. Area contractors insulate to be just good enough and nothing more. I can't tell you how many times that I have gone to a new construction job and have been…

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Added by Robert D York Jr on July 4, 2013 at 6:50am — 3 Comments

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warning About Portable Air Conditioners

Here are some warnings about portable air conditioners to help you to be aware of their low energy efficiency rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. If you already have a portable air conditioner or if a portable air conditioners your only option to get some cooling,…

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Added by Perry Ning on July 2, 2013 at 12:20pm — 8 Comments

Weatherization Program Brought Back to Stability for FY 2013 and 2014

I recently received the email below from a fellow supporter of the Weatherization Program regarding the current status of Federal funding for the Low Income Weatherization program.  

Relatively speaking, while I have done little in terms of personal lobbying in DC at the Federal level on Weatherization, Brad Penney deserves credit as one of the greatest leaders in personally convincing members of Congress to fund the Weatherization program during the FY2013 and 2014 - the two years…

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Added by Stan Harbuck on June 30, 2013 at 5:34pm — No Comments

SoCal Edison helps recycle old refrigerators

Taken from our blog at oc-repair.com:

 

Update 06/19/2013: New phone number for CA Edison Appliance pick up is 800-234-9722

This is a similar program to LADWP, but no refunds of $100 are available:

SCE Will Give You $50 and Haul Away Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer – Free!…

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Added by John Smith on June 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why the President's Climate Change Proposals Don't Matter!

1. Not many will listen to him, as 50% of the US population are right-wing  registered republicans(me too sorta, but a moderate!)

2. China can't be persuaded in any way shape or form to change their prodigious rate of economic growth & CO2 production. btw, we owe, we owe them! we are a debtor nation, to the enemy!

3. If you control coal-fired plants here, the coal interests will simply sell more U.S. coal to export!

4. We're past the global…

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Added by Tom DelConte on June 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

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