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Spot the Design Weakness - For Northern Climates

If we had a dime for each weak building assembly detail we saw, we’d be rich. In our 14 years of diagnosing comfort problems for clients; the exposed floor ranks as one of the most stark discomfort features of a home, new or old.

Walking home from the coffee shop Sunday and came across the feature below. Have a look at the photo and see how many design errors you can pick out:…

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Added by Greg Labbe on October 22, 2013 at 7:49pm — 11 Comments

Green Stamps - Real Estate Investor Sells "Green-and-Flips" for More

Real estate investor Kassi Pelley had bought and sold a number of “fix-and-flip” homes in metro Denver when she fell down the rabbit hole of green building and certifications.  She’s gotten a price bump – the “green premium” – on every home she’s upgraded and certified since, and she hasn’t…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on October 16, 2013 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Why I refuse to participate in Energy Upgrade California

When I first heard of Energy Upgrade California I was excited. Energy upgrade packages for existing homes with rebates sounded awesome. I attended the ACI conference in LA which was the kick off. The event was interesting as we heard from program developers of how the program would be initiated. I also attended some orientation sessions at the CCSE. I liked what I heard. As my business is primarily residential repairs and upgrades I thought this would be a perfect fit.

What I have…

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Added by Glen Gallo on October 10, 2013 at 11:59pm — 4 Comments

This is the Future

Last week an opening ceremony kicked off the Solar Decathlon in sunny Irvine, California. While the crowd listened to the major sponsors of the event welcome us, we heard excitement and anticipation in their voices. After all, this has been an event two years in the making.

Usually held in Washington, D.C., the mayor of Irvine, Steven Choi, was proud to welcome this international event to his home. “Even though the federal government is shut…

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Added by Macie Melendez on October 10, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Leading from Within

When I was still active as a minister in the Catholic Church, I did not enjoy very much presiding at weddings. I had an inkling of the reason at the time, but now I can admit clearly that I was jealous. I didn’t want to bless someone else’s sacramental union as much as I wanted to be in a sacramental union.

I had another, similar insight while participating in an Emerge workshop last weekend. Emerge is a leadership program…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 10, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

H.O. Electric, Best of Belmont 2013 - Air Conditioning

The Belmont Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses that serve their local market. Each year, we identify companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.…

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Added by H.O. Electric on October 8, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

Quickest way to Field-check you Model 3 Flow Sensor!

I think the question I get asked the most is, well I dunno know, it happens a lot, enough that I would remark on it – a lot of people come up to me and they say “How do I know if my flow sensor is positioned within spec?“

My answer’s always the same, I say: “Listen. Luckily we don’t have to go all the way back to the Civil War to answer this…” ¹

The truth is, most never check, but here’s a quick easy way to ensure your Minneapolis fan’s flow sensor’s positioned properly in the…

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Added by Greg Labbe on September 30, 2013 at 7:59am — No Comments

Check the Flue?

Seems pretty elementary doesn't it?  What should be a simple safety check on fossil fuel burning appliances, particularly for boilers with regards to ease of inspection, often is assumed with complacency or even goes unchecked.  I know everyone's maintenance schedule is packing up in the Northeast…

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Added by Christopher Morin on September 24, 2013 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

The little known check every auditor should be doing in every home.

HVAC guys (hopefully) know the importance of measuring static pressure, but what about energy auditors? All auditors should be measuring static pressure because it tells us how well the air is moving through the ductwork under operating conditions, not under 50 Pa of blower door pressure.  

A high static pressure means there are restrictions on your supply ducts (the ones pushing air out and cooling your home) or that there too many restrictions on…

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Added by David Byrnes on September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Do We Give People Energy or Help Them to Save It?

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was budgeted $2.5-billion by Congress in 2013. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was allowed $68-million. Does anyone see a contradiction here?

LIHEAP provides, primarily, emergency help for households who can’t afford to heat their homes in the winter or cool their homes in the summer. It saves the health and sometimes the lives of vulnerable people. It’s a great program. But it is designed to provide help during…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 23, 2013 at 3:28pm — 6 Comments

About Fry Bread and Hope for a Greener Planet

Last evening my wife Michele and I walked a few blocks from the hotel in Phoenix where the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is holding it’s Annual Training Conference, to an Open Market. There were a circle of food trucks and tables offering fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 12, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

Lesser Known Features of Dux Heat Pump

The utility of hot water systems has increased significantly in the recent times for heating water. Their energy efficient mechanism not only ensures reduced electricity consumption, but also puts a great relief on your monthly expenses.    





One of the most popular brands in the industry, DUX brings noticeable changes from time to time, so as to provide a top class heat pump hot water…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on September 12, 2013 at 12:16am — No Comments

BPI Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional vs. BPI Heating Professional

Luis,

There are many advantages of geothermal heat, but the main one is that there is no boiler or furnace needed to burn fuel.

As you are…

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Added by Bill Meehan on September 6, 2013 at 8:13am — No Comments

Smart gauges will change how we use Blower Doors, DucTesters and other diagnostic tools

The world’s first touchscreen WiFi gauge          

Webinar Sept 12/2013 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT

The DM32 controls all blower doors, duct testers, and some flow grids. We’ve even introduced advanced features that will not only modernize just the gauge but the older devices attached to them as well. For example, automatic corrections can be made in the gauge for system backpressure correction when using flow grids.  Control your gauge using any mobile…

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Added by Colin Genge on September 5, 2013 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

Lighting Controls and Zero Energy Homes

An article in the September/October issue of Home Energy, "Boosting Multifamily Energy Savings Through Lighting Control Settings" (page 38), has implications beyond dramatic savings in stairwells in apartment buildings. Ostensibly the article is about proper settings for motion sensors and the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 3, 2013 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Adding Up - Couple Finds Green Adds Value to Their Home

Rick and Joann Sandoval live in a green Ferrari – a souped-up, high-performance home loaded with energy-sipping systems and green-home features.  But when it came time to refinance their house and capture value from those items, the Sandovals were going nowhere…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on September 3, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Why Do You Need Wet Basement Waterproofing Before It Is Too Late?

The thought of establishment repair is sufficient to make most property holders alarm, however how would you know when you require it? Is that little stream of water in your basement truly an indication of a difficult issue? Shockingly, it more often than not is. A touch of water does not generally demonstrate an issue with the establishment, but rather in the event that it is, you must act rapidly to avoid exorbitant harm to your home. Time is of the embodiment in terms of establishment for…

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Added by Mary Desilva on September 3, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

RaterFest! 2013 is almost here...

...and spots are filling up quickly, so register today!  The deadline to sign up is Thursday, September 5th. 

If you haven't heard about RaterFest! before, or you need a refresher on all the exciting details, visit our website: http://energylogicacademy.com/e-pro/raterfest-2/. You can earn a variety of professional CEU's, engage in great networking and learning opportunities, eat delicious meals, and enjoy the…

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Added by EnergyLogic Academy on August 29, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Volunteer for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO!

Volunteer for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO!

Confluence Communications is pleased to be involved in managing the volunteer program for this exciting event, taking place Oct. 3-13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Volunteers are an important part of this exciting event. To register or find out more about volunteering, visit:…

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Added by Stacy Hunt on August 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Enthalpy Method

Imagine knowing the refrigerant charge was correct on a Central Heat Pump or A/C without attaching gauges!  No, I am not referring to the Lennox "Approach" calculation, which I have found to be very unreliable to predict refrigerant charge, but instead using the simple total capacity calculation with the correct tool.…

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Added by Christopher Morin on August 21, 2013 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

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