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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

Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Real Estate Transaction

Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.

One result is that energy…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on August 19, 2013 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

Pocket Door Insulation

My home has 3 pocket doors whose open track areas I have caulked well best as I can from the door jams without removing the track or framing around  it.  I believe I should attack the remainder of the leaks from the attic and from the basement.   Are there any folks out there who might share their thoughts on the recommended methodology for best doing this?  Thanks much in advance.  John Harper

Added by John Harper on August 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

When Buying Dux Airoheat Heat Pump for Homes

Installing heat pump at homes, for hot water needs is an effective medium of controlling electricity bills and adopting greener approach to save environment. These pumps take heat from atmospheric air and pass it onto the water tank with the help of refrigerants.



If studies are to be believed, Dux Airoheat pumps can save up to 25% of the energy consumption in an average home. However, before…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on August 14, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Not Yet Registered for RaterFest! 2013? Only a Few Weeks Left!

EnergyLogic is excited to invite you to the 5th annual RaterFest! event, one of the best conferences and values in the industry!  This year's retreat will take place on September 13th - 15th, 2013 near Black Hawk, CO.  This incredible 2.5 day conference is nestled amongst the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, and provides attendees with a focused opportunity to learn, network, and interact with fellow Energy…

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Added by EnergyLogic Academy on August 13, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

What Sustainability Is Really About

Just read a book about the work of an environmental mediator, Lucy Moore, Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator (Island Press). What I liked most about this book was that it was a series of ten stories. There…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Leveraging Human-Building Interaction (HBI)

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/

 

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.



-Archimedes

My colleague Jenny Edwards often describes the…

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Added by Lester Shen on August 8, 2013 at 8:34am — 9 Comments

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 — 13 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

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