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Is there any truth to the utility companies being required by law to pay an annual increase dividend to stockholders

Is there any truth to the Utility companies being required by law to pay an annual increase of 10% in dividends to stockholders? 

I'd never heard of this being imposed on any company, however the grid is falling apart, rate increases are implemented in their ever increasing offerings, and there is no way to fight…

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Added by John Kaye on October 20, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

AB 1103 IS DEAD.......LONG LIVE AB 802

Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015), signed by Governor Brown on October 8, 2015, has mandated the transition to a new statewide building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program. This announcement…

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Added by Bijou Lulla on October 20, 2015 at 7:13am — No Comments

Addison Home’s Third Net Zero Energy Home Featured in ‘Upstate Under Construction’

Addison Homes’ third Net Zero Energy Home project made the pages of GSA Business Journal's “Upstate Under Construction,” a quarterly feature on architecture, engineering and construction that spotlights economic expansion across the region. …

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Added by Diane Jackson on October 13, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Addison Homes Wins Housing Innovation Award

Addison Homes traveled to the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo in Denver this week to pick up the 2015 HOUSING INNOVATION AWARD from the U.S. Department of Energy. This award recognizes the…

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Added by Diane Jackson on October 9, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on October 6, 2015 at 5:11am — No Comments

5 Appliances that will Save You Money and Energy

In today’s day and age, it is not enough to simply talk about renewable energy or praise the initiatives that have been stemming up to establish solar power or wind power as suitable alternatives. We must help by coming up with ways to encourage energy conservation in buildings and energy efficient buildings in India.

We can do this by identifying several areas in which we can reduce our energy…

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Added by Daina Martin on October 5, 2015 at 5:58am — 1 Comment

Providers, Start Counting Your Quarters!

There has been much deliberation over RESNET’s Quality Assurance (QA) requirements over the last few years, specifically the frequency of QA on raters. In 2014, RESNET announced a big change that went into effect on June 1st, 2015.

1% and 10% QA are still required for each rater based on annual volume – no changes here. What has changed involves... 

Read more of this story on the EnergyLogic…

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Added by EnergyLogic Academy on October 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Top 6 Energy Efficient Brands for Gas Furnace and Boiler

Everyone wants to install the best brands of HVAC. Following are the top 6 energy efficient brands you may want to know about, before you contact a heating contractor.

  1. Amana

Gas furnaces can be termed as efficient, only if their annual utilization is a minimum of 78 rating. But modern furnaces like…

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Added by SmithWatson on October 1, 2015 at 12:01am — 4 Comments

Broad stakeholder engagement enriches complex energy planning in Minnesota

From Megan Hoye, CEE engagement coordinator:

Across CEE’s programs, services, and policy work is an ongoing commitment to enrich the energy community through direct knowledge-sharing, tool development, and innovative engagement. In addition to sharing our own program learning and research findings, we engage energy and community development experts to ensure our region continues to put its best energy foot forward. In turn, two weeks ago, CEE facilitated a…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on September 29, 2015 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Winter Time Energy Saving Tips

Five Action Steps to Cut Natural Gas and Propane Use

You can take some steps to reduce the amount of energy that you're using and lower your utility bills http://www.serviceprosinc.net/ :

  1. Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68…
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Added by MCX on September 24, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

Heating tips

Discover smart ways to use energy that are helping people throughout the Northwest save record levels of energy and lower their energy bills. The more of these tips you follow, the more you'll save http://www.airprofs.com/ .

  • Turn down the thermostat. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower to heat your home. Each…
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Added by MCX on September 24, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

It's not rocket science... Or is it?

From Helen Booth-Tobin, CEE policy and communications specialist:

Of course intelligence comes in many forms and no single field holds the market. Still, there is a certain positive association between rocket science and smarts — and as a research-driven organization, we took the opportunity to explore that association a bit, with a couple willing test subjects in our own staff. (Originally posted at…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on September 24, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

The NASCSP Landscape

That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held it’s annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs through training and advocacy in Washington D.C.

I’ve been to several of these conferences over the 15 years I have worked at Home Energy. There are always changes, but this year I noticed a big change. A lot of the leadership that shepherded WAP through the ARRA…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Air Sealing and Insulation Joins the Cost Versus Value Study

It’s really nice when hard work pays off.

As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

What is a Green Building Rating System?

As the demands for Green Buildings increase, so does the demand for comprehensive rating systems that define exactly what a Green Building is. While it may seem like having a rating system for Green Buildings would confine Green Building and discourage innovation, this is not the case. Many different Green Building rating systems that are currently in place encourage innovation and builders who incorporate particularly innovative aspects into their Green Building can earn extra points and…

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Added by GBRI on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Common acronyms and definitions

The building science and home performance industry is full of confusing acronyms. These acronyms are used a lot in articles, blog posts. social media posts, webinars, conference sessions, etc. To help you, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular acronyms you’re likely to hear or read.

ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…

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Added by Kim Tanner on September 14, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

At PlugFest, Energy Efficiency Plays Well With Real Estate

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening right now at the intersection of home energy performance and real estate.

Let’s set the scene first. As you may have experienced, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort,…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 8, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Four factors you need to know about measurement and calibration

On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar called “Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements. Learn from the Experts,” hosted by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).



While preparing for this webinar, we started thinking about the most important issues related to measurement and calibration. To ensure our gauge users are getting the most accurate readings, we have listed four factors every building tester should know about…
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Added by Kim Tanner on September 8, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FREE Home Efficiency & Safety Assessments in the Los Angeles County area.

Since last June I have been qualifying homeowners in the Los Angeles County for the Home Upgrade "Energy Upgrade California" program sponsored by the State Of California, funded in part by the Federal Government, and YOU the Customer of the Utility Companies. 

We test your home and give you the results all at no cost to YOU! What's the catch you ask? Two appointments need to be made and kept by the homeowner(s). The program provides assistance and incentives up to $6500 for home…

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Added by John Kaye on September 4, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

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