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What's Wrong with This Garage Door Insulation?

by Don Ames

If you don't want to read the whole article, at least go to the bottom of the page and watch the screen cast. Take a look at some real effective garage door insulation. No, I didn't make this up.…

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Added by Don Ames on November 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Weatherization works: Recent reports are way off base

By Guest Blogger Stephen L. Cowell

A recent article in Newsweek, “Obama’s Big Green Mess,”describes what can happen when contractors are “unfamiliar with the nuances of specialized weatherization work.”  The fact is, installing furnaces that exhaust poisonous fumes, putting in…

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Added by Elisa Wood on November 11, 2011 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

Jumping the Hurdles to a Green MLS

Sean Smith was the man in the middle. – a key figure with a foot in both worlds of business and “green.” 

 

A high-end general contractor, he built two LEED-certified homes in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver in 2009.  At an educational session he hosted there, the U.S. Green Building Council approached him to serve on a committee.  “If you’re doing big-picture things, I’m all over it,” he told them.

 

At a subsequent meeting at the Governor’s Energy…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on November 10, 2011 at 8:49am — 6 Comments

Efficiency - What's missing, maybe?

What can we learn and use from world class organizations, and how they got there? How does this apply to energy efficiency rating and auditing?

The bottom line: They produced and sold what the customer actually wanted and was willing to pay for. There are a lot of other things they did, but all complexities funneled back into the purpose of delivering something…

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Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 9, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

High Efficiency Fireplace

How to Raise the Efficiency of Your Fireplace

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Whoops

Story tells of a gentleman that came home from work…

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Added by Don Ames on November 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest

note: I published this article today on daily5REMODEL, and remodelers and home performance pros are weighing in with some excellent responses. Feel free to post your response here, but please also post it on d5R if you want to be eligible for the prize, a signed and inscribed copy of the forthcoming book…

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Added by Leah Thayer on November 8, 2011 at 3:46pm — 6 Comments

Your Wood Burning Fireplace is a Loser

Wood Burning Fireplace: Energy Efficiency Loser.

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com, and the eNewsletter, the Energy Spy Insider

People can have a Love-hate relationship with their wood burning fireplace. There is a lot of loving and hating going on right about now, because cooler weather has come and there are about 35 million fireplaces in the U.S. Whether we are hanging the Christmas stockings with care or trying…

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Added by Don Ames on November 6, 2011 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

Zero touch energy audit: Will it change the game?

What new energy efficiency technologies will change the game? I’d like to use this space on occasion to explore that question and get your feedback on companies that I profile.

This week’s company is FirstFuel Software, which it appears could make the conventional energy building audit go the way of the buggy whip.

FirstFuel…

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Added by Elisa Wood on November 4, 2011 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Inexpensive / Air Proof Electrical Attic Junction Box Cover

CAD Design-Weatherize-Insulate-Fire Block-Electrical Junction Box

CAD Diagram explains how to Build and Air Tight Electrical Junction Box located in most…

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Added by scottscontracting on November 4, 2011 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Maryland Home Performance Shines

My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!)

"The Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star website is friendly, functional, and full of great information.  I was first introduced to MDHomePerfromance.org by my brother who is editor of Home Energy Magazine.   He…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Recycling is not just for Cans

Earlier this year I was asked to replace a leaking roof on a Patio of an Investment Property. The job consisted of removing the existing Mound City Clay Roof Tiles from the Porch Roof and replacing with Certain Teed 3 Tab-Shingles (…

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Added by scottscontracting on November 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Winterize Your Home and Get Ready for Winter

By Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com & the Energy Spy Insider Free eNewsletter

attic insulation…
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Added by Don Ames on November 1, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Home Energy Pros turns one!



When my first kid turned one, he was barely walking.

When Home Energy Pros turned one it was galloping.

We’re off to a wildly…

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Added by Evan Mills on November 1, 2011 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Take Your Average Utility Bill and Learn Where to Save Energy

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Dollars and Cents

At the beginning of a home energy audit, I make it a habit to ask the homeowner if I can see their…

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Added by Don Ames on October 30, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

All I Know About Home Performance I Learned from a Happy Meal

There's one thing that keeps me from my favorite fast-food indulgence, the Junior Whopper with Cheese.  It's called the Happy Meal.  My kids insist on them.  And our meals are indeed happier if I forgo my trip to Burger King so we can snag Happy Meals at McDonald's instead.

How does this relate to Home Performance?

A big focus among home performance professionals at the moment is driving demand.  To do that…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Information about German technologies for home construction

Das Haus is a traveling pavilion, a North American tour and an ongoing international dialogue about advanced technologies for home construction and solar energy use. The purpose – to share German innovations that have achieved sustainable construction and operational energy…

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Added by Guido Schuler on October 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Is Occupy Wall Street occupying the wrong street?

My Dad and I have a running joke when we’re in the car together. “Look,” he’ll say. “Gas is cheap. It’s down to $3.39.” Cheap, he means, compared with the month before when it was $3.79 per gallon.

The joke illustrates a good point. A few years ago we were flabbergasted by gasoline prices that exceeded $3 per gallon. Now we’re really happy when it doesn’t hit $4 per gallon.

When it comes to energy, we’re like frogs in water coming to a slow boil. We’ve gotten so accustomed to…

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Added by Elisa Wood on October 28, 2011 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Need information

What is a radiant-barrier roof insulated with open-cell foam and what is a cooling-tower-enhanced airconditioning

Added by Teddy Mitchell on October 28, 2011 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Retrofit Job

I love to hear from homeowners on the internet, although it's not always a homeowner from a publication that had work done on the subject of their publication. I always learn something about the homeowners expectations, grievances and the message they want to send about the company. People who share ideas are genius, people who share accomplishments are smart, and people who talk about people are ignorant.

Because this is relatively a new field for a lot of people I'm prone to remind…

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Added by Chris J Folse on October 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Should I be using triple pane windows for my retrofit project?

If a double pane window is better than a single pane window, should I use triple pane windows?

By Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

retrofit…
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Added by Don Ames on October 26, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

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