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Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems

Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems: An in depth look into their effectiveness, installation & added benefits.

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Everyone knows that heating a pool can be a very expensive operation. That is why so many have moved towards sustainable technologies like solar energy. For most, when thinking of solar energy an image of large solar…

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Added by Max DesMarais on August 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Ecological Mortar For Masonry With Blocks And Bricks

Ready mortar GRUDA-BLOCK is an evolution of polymer mortar, contemplating high-tech innovation and performance, while increasing economic and sustainable benefits in masonry.

Designed to increase productivity and quality of constructions, the ready-mix mortar GRUDA-BLOCK offers…

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Added by José De Menezes Filho on August 15, 2016 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage

Is it fair to say, “We take residential plumbing for granted? Do we use our plumbing system on a daily basis more than we do our stove or refrigerator?”

I think yes.

During the past 6-7 years, I have investigated on-demand pumps (IAPMO certified). I gathered large amounts of wasted water, energy and time data—with these pumps installed (and without) from homeowners all over the USA. I have written…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 15, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards program recognizes nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes

Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation…

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Added by Michelle Usher on August 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The Cabin: A Friend of the Environment and a Sustainable Home

When most people think of the cabin, they think of that classic log home.  They think of the wood stove and fireplace, the rustic décor, and the uncertainty of indoor plumbing.  All reasonable and expected thoughts.  Visually, the cabin hasn’t changed much over the years, depending, of course, on what you consider a cabin.  Most people consider the cabin to be a structure made from timber surrounding it, or at least made to look like it was made from that timber.  In any case, while the…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on August 15, 2016 at 6:03am — No Comments

5 Prerequisites To Get Your Home Solar-Ready

Alternative energy is a rage across the US, especially in the southern cities like Tampa and Miami, where hundreds and thousands of homeowners are making good use of the natural resource they receive in abundance as mother nature's gift – the sunlight. Walk the alleyways in residential neighborhoods in these cities, and the solar-roofed houses will keep on greeting you. If you happen to live in one of these sun-bathed cities, you must have…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on August 12, 2016 at 1:35am — No Comments

RaterFest! is Looking for its Perfect +1

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Added by Hannah Finch on August 11, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

The latest Game of Homes scenario.

I just played the recent Game of Homes scenario, "Budget Constraints". Check it out and let me know what you think? 

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Added by Sarah Holloway on August 10, 2016 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on August 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — 1 Comment

Decoupling pairs top-notch utility service with energy savings

From Mike Bull, Director of Policy and Communications:

For some time, energy utilities in Minnesota and elsewhere have been evolving to keep pace with customer expectations and increased targets for energy savings and renewable energy. And as utilities continue to seek the right balance between energy efficiency and a robust infrastructure, traditional business models for cost recovery are increasingly challenging and may no longer fit…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on August 9, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

4 Factors that determine selection of energy service provider!

In today’s commercialized market, there are umpteen numbers of service providers who are there to lure customers on the basis of tariffs, schemes, discounts and services. But, it is totally up to the customer to choose and get the best deal out of everyone.

Amidst so many service providers, it becomes tough for the customers to make a decision while choosing a specific service provider. Usually, price to be paid for the services is only considered the sole reason that can determine…

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Added by Daina Martin on August 9, 2016 at 2:13am — No Comments

Chicago Winter No Match for Retrofitted Logan Square Building

In 2013, building owner Josh Miller worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of utility bills in his two-story building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the overall comfort of the units.

After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on August 5, 2016 at 8:44am — 2 Comments

Game of Homes, EnergyLogic's edutainment-based training alternative, gets a boost from Owens Corning

EnergyLogic has teamed up with Owens Corning as a flagship sponsor of Game of Homes, EnergyLogic’s new, free training platform for home performance professionals. In case you haven't heard about it yet... pros involved in making homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy can play Game of Homes to earn CEUs, which they can apply toward…

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Added by Linda Lidov on August 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Industry and Efficiency Proponents Agree on Big Efficiency Gains for Pool Pumps

Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved July 29 by a U.S.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 2, 2016 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

Zonal Pressure Puzzle

I have a wonderful little (16 x 14 x 8) test cabin at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.  There are 3 'rooms', one of which stands in as the bathroom.  It has a bath fan in the ceiling and a small, hopper window.  When I depressurize the house to 50 Pascals, the pressure between the bathroom and the main body of the cabin is just 4.3 Pascals.  When I stand in the bathroom with the door closed, air is pouring in through the bathroom fan, there is enough flow to make the fan rotate…

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Added by Paul Raymer on July 28, 2016 at 2:05pm — 8 Comments

Play Game of Homes, by EnergyLogic, Inc.

I'd like to introduce everyone to Game of Homes, our cutting edge scenario based training tool targeted to Home Energy Professionals Nationally. It's free to play and it's a great way to acquire additional RESNET/BPI CEU’s.

 

Check it out and let me know what you think?  …

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Added by Sarah Holloway on July 28, 2016 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Innovations for Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling of indoor spaces is one of the major operations of modern households and business premises. While traditional systems are still very much in use, technology has brought new and more efficient approaches.

All conventional systems need occasional maintenance. Tune-ups include the manual checking of functionality and fixing of worn out wiring and dysfunctional components. However, automatic sensors can now be employed to do the job, making your work a lot…

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Added by Dan McKee on July 28, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Home Energy Pros at 5 and 5000

Over the past five years, the Home Energy Pros social network has grown from a twinkle in our eyes to a vibrant community of 5000 doers and shakers in the home performance world. The membership represents a rich cross-section of participants in the home energy performance movement, including:

  • Energy auditors
  • Building contractors
  • Insulation contractors
  • HVAC contractors
  • Home inspectors
  • Appraisers
  • Real Estate…
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Added by Evan Mills on July 25, 2016 at 10:34am — No Comments

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