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Added by David Allen on January 6, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Looking for Air Leakage Data

 

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Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on January 5, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Next Big Leap

“So what can we do to keep homes improving from an energy efficiency standpoint?”

For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines,…

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Added by Nathan Christensen on January 5, 2011 at 7:03am — 3 Comments

Boston-Cambridge Electrician Launches Information Resources On Electrical Home Safety.

Boston-Cambridge, MA – H.O. Electric today announced the launch of…

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Added by H.O. Electric on January 3, 2011 at 6:17am — No Comments

Indoor Air Quality and Energy Audits

Can you improve indoor air quality with an energy audit?  You bet.  Recently our company was asked to do some troubleshooting on a 50 year old home in Northwest Arkansas.  The occupant has environmental sensitivity and respiratory issues, and was having difficulties staying in her home due to her physical reactions and symptoms.  The homeowner suspected the culprit was cellulose fibers from attic insulation added several years previously.

 

We showed up with our diagnostic…

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Added by Gary Kahanak on January 3, 2011 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Energy Audits--A Radio Interview

KUAF Radio of Fayetteville, AR interviewed Home Energy Consultants about energy audits in December 2010.  Listen.

Gary Kahanak, President of Home Energy Consultants, Inc., and a RESNET-certified Home Energy Rater, talks with Christina Thomas of KUAF

91.3 FM about the basics of a home energy audit.  Thomas did a fine job

with the interview, condensing a lot of material into a cohesive,

informative 7-minute audio…

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Added by Gary Kahanak on January 2, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Friend the Smart Meter

I am an unabashed supporter of smart meters. While testifying about energy efficiency at the European parliament, I logged into my home’s smart meter (in California) and showed them my current energy use. The members of Parliament were so impressed—none of them had ever seen output from a smart meter—that I may have influenced energy efficiency legislation in Europe. I teach a course about energy efficiency at the University of California, Davis, and I make every… Continue

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

Have a Listen: "The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town" from the Energy Circle Lounge

This past weekend Martin Holladay posted a series of "Christmas Carols from the Energy Nerd," classic Christmas songs hilariously rewritten for building energy nerds like us... and probably you, too.

So one of our team members, Greg -- a man of great talent and true genius -- decided to put one of them to a tune.

Special thanks to Martin Holladay for permission to sing his song. In…

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Added by Peter Troast on December 23, 2010 at 9:44am — 7 Comments

When the Prognosis is Bad

While browsing the daily news on Geology.com, I was first startled and then delighted to

see an article on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. As is the

general rule for government agencies, this one is known by its acronym: DNR.

Do Not Resucitate. After having been the caregiver to two parents--one of whom died

under conditions that were made bearable only by morphine provided by Hospice, and

the other of whom fought like Custer until the…

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Added by Ed Voytovich on December 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Getting Past the Cost Objection

It's amazing what excuses homeowners will come up with when it comes to avoiding spending money.  Even though I have found that most people in our field truly feel they are helping people, salesmanship (often uneasily) still comes into play based on homeowner perception of sales people (and based on all the BS that floats around out there do you blame them). Getting past objections can sometimes become an art form.

 

I recently performed a full energy audit on the home of a…

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Added by Jon LaMonte on December 20, 2010 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Building Best Practices: Bag Your Safety Gear!

That’s right: Bag your safety gear! No, I don’t mean discard it. A practice I’ve established for myself is using a gear bag for dedicated storage of all my personal safety gear. And nothing else. Keeping everything in a single, protected place means I know where things are when I need them, and nothing gets lost, crushed, scratched, or outright destroyed. Face it; personal safety equipment is vitally important. It deserves its own, dedicated, protective carrier...[…

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Added by John Poole on December 19, 2010 at 5:56pm — No Comments

5 Reasons House Wrap Is Not an Air Barrier

It took me a while to figure out that a building is basically just a structural framework with control layers. Yeah, there's also electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, and finishes, but the heart of a building is the stuff that holds it up and that moderates the flows of heat,…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on December 17, 2010 at 1:10pm — No Comments

The Many Shades Of One Color: Part 2

To continue on from our last conversation, I would first like to offer a definition as to what I personally believe a “green product” should strive to do.

A green product can generally be defined as a product that, from raw material extraction, to end-of-life disposal, lessens its impact on the environment as thoroughly as possible.

While being mindful of the previously stated definition, I would like to ask each of you to look around right now, where ever you location, and…

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Added by Nathan Christensen on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am — No Comments

Enhancing Your Infrared (Thermal) Imaging Scan

Wouldn't it be nice to have all your sites fully prepared for you before you arrive for an infrared scan? It can be possible if you politely ask your clients to have the home (or job site) prepared for you in order to alleviate any issues during the thermal scan. With the many unprepared infrared scans that I have completed, I have come up with a list in order for you to achieve the maximum benefit of your infrared inspections....

 

• Plan optimal times of day for your infrared…

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Added by David Valley on December 17, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Berkeley Lab Needs Your Air Leakage Data

Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on December 16, 2010 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and nowhere is this adage truer than with the assurance of a manufacturer’s compliance with energy efficiency standards and endorsement programs. If any link is broken in this process, then it is impossible to “haul up” those energy savings for the consumer. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are finally taking actions to repair some of the more fragile links in this chain, beginning with the actual…

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Added by Carol A. Markell on December 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Why We Save: When the Cost of Energy Hits Home

As we work to save energy, one of our goals is to save dollars for consumers. But there are other costs that energy professionals can minimize as well, for example, obtaining and transporting energy and building materials. Knowing that we are helping to minimize these 'external' costs will renew our motivation to save energy, and hopefully inspire home energy users to save…

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Added by Tom White on December 13, 2010 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Recovery through Retrofit: The Workforce Guidelines Public Comments

While I was originally planning to do a Cliff Notes version of the Workforce Guidelines, that idea was looking less & less likely after hitting two pages of notes. When I was less than 200 pages in & a computer problem destroyed over three pages of notes, the idea officially hit the scrap bin. As a reminder, the NRRG (National Residential Retrofit Guidelines) is part of the Recovery through Retrofit program and is open for Public Comment until January 7th as listed…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on December 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Energy Performance Does Add Value! Just look at the HERS Rating!

Trying to demonstrate to the unknowing that enhanced home energy performance translates into enhanced resale value is not an easy task. But actually it is right there in the HERS Rating!?



Even though most of us 'energy pros' understand that the increased comfort, health, durability, and lower energy bills means that the property should be more desirable and more valuable, it is hard to get this going due to the true way that properties are valued.



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Added by Jamie Kaye on December 11, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Persuading 5-Million Home Buyers to Invest in Energy Efficiency

Federal and state governments are deploying billions of dollars in an unprecedented push to weatherize America’s existing homes in order to save energy and create jobs. However, the programs piloted by the government during the past decade, and more recently by the utilities, do not yet come close to being able to meet these goals. America can no longer afford to measure program ramp-up time in terms of years, nor should the public have to spend thousands of…

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Added by Doris Ikle on December 10, 2010 at 10:44am — 5 Comments

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