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ENERGY STAR V3 Class - Day 1

So are you curious about what is going to be covered in this class for Raters? This blog post was pulled from my original article done back in February. This class was taught by Allison A Bailes III of Energy Vanguard, and was tweeted live with the hash tag –…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 4, 2011 at 5:42am — No Comments

Energy Tax Credits for 2011: What's Available

Thanks to the federal tax bill signed into law in December, there are still energy tax credits available for 2011. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the amounts available in 2011 have been reduced for certain improvements. From 2009 through 2010, homeowners were rewarded with a 30% tax credit for making their homes more energy efficient ($1500 maximum credit). For 2011, homeowners will receive only a 10% tax credit for home energy efficiency improvements ($500 maximum credit).… Continue

Added by Dennis Cheslik on March 3, 2011 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

The Making of an Industry at ACI





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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Letter to Governor Brown

CHEERS and The CEC

 

While I feel this will fall on deaf ears I felt it worth a try. I am (or was) a HERS Rater here in California. The CEC and CHEERS have “locked” many of us raters out of conducting business here in California. I have personally passed on jobs due to this squabble.

This lockout began in early October. It was thought that this would be resolved quickly. After a five month moratorium this obviously is not the case. As far as I know the problem is data…

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Added by Glen Gallo on March 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

How to Become a Solar PV Installer

A 448-kilowatt commercial solar system was powered up last Tuesday at the San Bernardino Corporate Center near Mill Street and Toppecanoe Avenue. The project came out of a partnership of the Novato-based SPG Solar Inc., the nonprofit for Sustainable Communities Reinvestment Partnership, known as SCRIP Inc, and the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA), the regional joint powers authority overseeing redevelopment in and around the former Norton Air Force Base.



The commercial…

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Added by Fida Hossain on February 27, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile.

It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission last week claiming that new metering technology not only makes people sick, but also violates…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 25, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

RESNET Conference

Anyone attending the RESNET conference in Orlando next week and who are currently providing IR inspections as either a BPI or HERS Rater inspector, might want to sit in on the presentation of the new IR Standard Interium Guidlines currently being approved. Rogge Miller from GWSSI, John Snell from Snell Group and myself will be going over the IR portion of the Chapter 8 Performance Testing and are hoping for some solid discussions and feedback from those interested in how this is going to…

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Added by Bret Monroe on February 23, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments

A Little Green Goes A Long Way

Yesterday I received an email forwarded to me from a co-worker. The email itself was a request from a journalist seeking information on a variety of topics related to eco-friendly housing from both an owner and builder perspective. Some of the questions of interest to me included “Does a small budget limit going green or can a little go a long way?” and “Where is… Continue

Added by Nathan Christensen on February 22, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

Building Science Proven by the Bug Man



A buddy of mine, Dennis, that’s an exterminator called me the other day while I was standing in Home Depot.  “Jon, I’ve got a problem and I need some of your building science expertise.” The problem he was having was being caused by some granules he had put down to repel some flying squirrels.  The granules…

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Added by Jon LaMonte on February 21, 2011 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Weatherization Helps Homeowners Keep in the Heat and Save Money

A weatherization program in South Carolina that has made area homes more energy efficient could impact the local economy for decades to come. The Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency program is funded by federal stimulus dollars and has improved 179 houses for low- to moderate-income homeowners over the past year.



The work has cut utility bills and made older homes energy efficient. OCAB Community Action Agency Executive Director Calvin Wright says 12…

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Added by Fida Hossain on February 20, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Forget the Groundhog . . .

 

     Here's a real harbinger of spring in Syracuse:

 

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Added by Ed Voytovich on February 18, 2011 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

Why President Obama's better buildings initiative doesn't work for multifamily

Guest blog By Michael Miller

You might think by this headline that I’m about to rant about the news regarding energy efficiency policy that was circulating last week. President Obama outlined a plan called the Better Buildings Initiative to…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 18, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Arizona Corporation Commission Approves SolarReserve's Crossroads Solar Energy Project

SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of utility-scale solar power projects, announced today that it has received its final Certificates of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) by unanimous decision (5-0) from the Arizona Corporation Commission for its 150 megawatt (MW) Crossroads Solar Energy Project. The approval includes the associated transmission line connecting the project to Arizona Public Service's transmission grid. This final approval follows this past December's unanimous decision (11-0) from… Continue

Added by Fida Hossain on February 15, 2011 at 1:31am — No Comments

How the Heck Does a Heat Pump Get Heat from Cold?!

It's been cold out this winter, so I've been talking a lot about heat. Invariably when I talk to people about how heat pumps can keep your home warm in winter, they get a look of bewilderment on their faces and ask how that's possible. No one ever tells me that they're confused about how a…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on February 13, 2011 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Icing on the . . . Cake??



 

     R-49 attic insulation is recommended for this climate, and I spec R-60 for most attic floors because…

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Added by Ed Voytovich on February 12, 2011 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

ACI's Energy Upgrade California

ACI's Energy Upgrade California, held January 10-11 in Los Angeles, presented a pretty good picture of how the Energy Upgrade California program will roll out across California. Currently an investor-owned utility (IOU) pilot program, it offers modest rebates for whole house improvements. There are a variety of rules and regulations, and paperwork, and processes that were all laid out pretty clearly at the conference. In addition, the local municipalities talked about their related programs and… Continue

Added by Steve Mann on February 11, 2011 at 5:21pm — 3 Comments

Obama, better buildings and the innovators

When Obama unveiled his “Better Building Initiative” last week, it wasn’t just the usual architects, builders, and energy efficiency service companies that perked up with interest. A whole new segment of energy efficiency companies saw opportunity: the innovators.

Emissaries from the high tech world, the innovators are a growing force in energy efficiency. They bring web and wireless to what was once a field more about windows and weatherization.

Obama’s plan would create new…

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

Staging and Phasing Efficiency

A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the“Green, Better, Best” radio show. I was asked in advance to provide a "top ten” list of energy saving tips for the home. I've been asked this many times before, and I always feel like I’m being asked to discover the “easy” button. When it comes to energy generation and efficiency, there are no silver bullets that will take down the beast, but with good planning…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on February 11, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

I am composing this blog post on a computer that was likely assembled in a factory that runs on electricity made from coal. The aluminum for the case and other parts of the computer probably came from a smelter powered by natural gas. The electricity powering the computer here in California could come from a combination… Continue

Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 10, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Where to find energy efficiency business opportunities

No one would disagree that this is a good time to be in the energy efficiency business. Another report, this one out last week, signals just how good.

Conducted by Comverge, the survey of more than 100 US utilities found that 92% plan to increase their efficiency budgets by at least 10% in 2011. Comverge also found that 22% plan to boost their EE budgets by more than 20%.…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 8, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

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