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High Efficiency Fireplace

How to Raise the Efficiency of Your Fireplace

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

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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

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

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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

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

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

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…

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Added by Don Ames on October 26, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Selling AC Retrofits - Notes from the field.

First I talk of safety. I mention old furnaces and CO possibilities, etc. This will usually make them sour up a bit because it is slightly a sales pitch.

Then I usually talk to homeowners about the hot and cold rooms. This is a big button and an easy one to push and get them talking. This adds to the sourness but gains…
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Added by Christopher Cadwell on October 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Duke Speaks at Midwest Power Shift 2011 Conference

GGEC Co-Founder Adam Duke spoke this past weekend at the Midwest Power Shift 2011 conference in Cleveland, OH. He was featured on a panel discussing Energy Efficiency as the Building Base of the Green Economy. (The image below is taken from the event’s program.) 

“It was really great,” says Duke, “there were a ton of extremely passionate students from all over the country. By sharing my story and insights, I was hopefully able to convey that it’s possible to pursue their passions…

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Added by Adam Duke on October 25, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Energy Education and the Consumer

Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

behavior choices

Two homes…

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Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

How to Prevent Heat Loss with 4 Examples-Diagrams-Drawings for your Building Projects

In recent conversations with customers and peers about reducing energy loss in buildings & structures and how heat and cold are transferred into a building via conduction, I explained and made reference to using a metal cooking utensil to stir a pot of chili.

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Added by scottscontracting on October 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

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