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Energy efficiency is so in right now part II: The delight factor (and more energy puns)

Guest blog by Cara Miale

Last week, we looked at how the energy efficiency industry is working on its cool factor (Dare I say sex appeal?), to make clean energy more accessible to the masses.

Perhaps a bikini charger doesn’t make much difference when the grid is under great strain as it was this summer; but it does get people thinking about alternatives that…

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Added by Elisa Wood on September 9, 2011 at 4:03am — No Comments

Energy Star Bay Window- Designed, Built, and Installed

Final Bay Window Build Pictures

Energy Star Bay Window Build Photos by Scotts Contracting…






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Added by scottscontracting on September 7, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Celebrating Early Adopters of Energy Efficiency

Andrew Rudin's article in the latest issue of Home Energy describes his experiences with a PV and a solar thermal system. The results are not encouraging because the energy savings were modest at best and financial benefits possibly non-existent. The real-world performance described by Rudin is a depressing reminder that good intentions alone can't wring energy savings from an expensive, imperfect…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 6, 2011 at 1:41pm — 2 Comments

The Cost of doing Nothing

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In these tough economic times everybody is looking to save where they can. In our quest to reduce our costs often times we decide to do nothing at all. It seems like sound economic policy because doing nothing cost nothing right….…

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Added by Glen Gallo on September 4, 2011 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

Are there green premium "Hot Spots"?

There is much talk and some progress towards an elusive premium for green homes.UCLA economics professor Matthew Kahn breaks it down. He uses three criteria to predict areas more likely to have a green premium:

  • High electricity prices.
  • More environmentally-minded citizens.
  • MPG-type labels that certify energy…
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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on September 3, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Energy efficiency is so in right now

Guest blog by Cara Miale

In the movie The Social Network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want ads on an early version of his social network; he understands that first and foremost, his site has to be cool. And ads, he says, aren’t cool.

Unlike Zuckerberg (well, at least in the beginning), the energy efficiency industry hasn’t quite grasped the value of being cool. It’s an industry that hopes to be popular because it’s right, and it uses…

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Added by Elisa Wood on September 2, 2011 at 9:13am — 6 Comments

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

For 11 years people at Home Energy have bugged me to write a "home performance poem" because they know I am a poet as well as an editor. Well, it finally happened. I participate in a writing group and the last time we got together we decided as an exercise to write about something we have never written about before. Hope you like it!

 

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

 

My name is House. I stood before you empty

and foreclosed upon.…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 1, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments

Energy Efficiency Program for Grocers Offers Fresh Ideas – and Produce



DTE Energy helped Detroit’s grocers keep their broccoli – and their billfolds – a little greener this year with its energy-saving Grocer’s Incentive Program. The initiative won the 2011 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Inspiring Efficiency Innovation…

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Added by Andrew Navolio on August 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

What's Happening in the Industry, 101

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Here's hoping this slide show might assist those of you who administer programs.  It can be confusing!

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on August 30, 2011 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Attic Fans Can Cause Headaches for Technicians

Attic fans can suck air down flues causing spillage.  Spillage can cause CO poisoning.  Attic fans can't always be easily accessed or controlled.  Read on:

 

While doing a comprehensive quality control visit last week, our Pure Energy Final Inspector noted that both the atmospheric draft water heater and atmospheric draft boiler failed these safety tests:

  • Both spilled fumes for longer than one minute (the spillage tests failed)
  • Both had inadequate draft…
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Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on August 30, 2011 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

Wash Post reports on Green is Good for Resale!

Hopefully you caught this article over the weekend. It has been picked up and repeated like crazy!  

 

Kenneth Harney of the Washington Post wrote a column entitled Is green good for home resale?  The article highlights studies from Seattle, Portland and California.  It offers nice perspective on why these…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on August 29, 2011 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Efficient + Disaster Resilient = Sustainable

Picture a so-called “green” building in a floodplain.  Now picture a storm-hardened home guzzling gas like there is no tomorrow.

For me, neither of these conjures up an image of true sustainability.

By virtue of being built unconsciously (or defiantly) in harm’s way, a building is not durable and thus not (in my book) sustainable.  Similarly, a disaster-resilient building belching out greenhouse gases that any scientist worth their salt will tell you is contributing to present…

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Added by Evan Mills on August 28, 2011 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Part 2 Home Weatherization Series



Example of How a Box Sill is Constructed using Standard Building Techniques

Box Sill-What is it? And How to Insulate the Area 

In this Article I'm going to explain how to Seal and…
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Added by scottscontracting on August 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Part 1 on Home Weatherization Series

Weatherization Tips- Home-re-posted 

Attic Insulation-Energy Solutions- 
  • Part 1 on Home Weatherization Series

Attic Insulation-I've…

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Added by scottscontracting on August 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

USDOE ORISE/ NYSWDA Train the trainer workshop, Sept 12-16

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Added by Matthew Redmond on August 26, 2011 at 9:35am — No Comments

How much money can new lighting save your business?

Am I average?

That’s the question that often hits me when someone quotes an ‘average’ statistic. The ‘average’ business or household seems almost mythological. Few of us fall right on that point on the line.

The same is true when it comes to often quoted energy efficiency savings statistics. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency says that replacing one old-fashion incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light will save on average $69 over the product’s…

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Added by Elisa Wood on August 26, 2011 at 8:23am — No Comments

HOME ENERGY SCORE PROGRAM Pilot Summit Update to Stakeholders

Thank you for your continued interest in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score pilots. The pilots wrapped up their scoring efforts last month, with more than 1,000 homes assessed and scored in total.  We are now in the process of analyzing the pilot data as well as the wealth of information our pilot partners provided to us last week at a pilot wrap-up meeting in Washington,…

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Added by Home Energy Score pilots on August 22, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Our Remodel In a Minor Key

We got tired of sharing a bathroom, we were afraid as we grow older that we would trip and break our hips on the stairs leading from the kitchen into the garage and to our backyard; and since the only route from inside the house to our back yard was through the garage, we decided to remodel our 1,200 square foot cottage in Walnut Creek. It seems so long ago.

 

We did it right. We interviewed several architects and design/build companies, had an architect work with us to draw up…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 19, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Desert Year: Robust Economy and Lessons of the Sonoran Agave

by Skip Laitner

Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets

Reposted from Real Climate Economics

John ‘Skip” Laitner is an economist, enjoying a desert year while on research sabbatical  from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Skip is discovering some surprising insights from his time in the desert that can…

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Added by Elisa Wood on August 19, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

First Energy Management is Proactive

First Energy has always been a leader in educating employees on field issues. An example of how First Energy's energy efficiency program managers support their contractors and administrative staff: They have hired Pure Energy Coach to teach Building Science to their program managers. The benefits include a better understanding of their contractor's decision-making. In addition, they benefit from a better understanding of their QA Contractor's comments about job quality.…

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Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on August 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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