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About J&M Services

J&M Services provides all aspects of Gas Plumbing and Ventilation. We specialize in Homeowner projects and take pride in our work. We enjoy our job and look forward to finding the most cost effective and cleanest installs possible for our customers. By specializing in Gas Pipe Installation in Portland and Ventilation, we have a high level of knowledge and expertise in our trade. We also gain significant purchasing power…

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Added by Steve Mckaye on May 20, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…

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Added by Jose Macho on May 18, 2015 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certific ation, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam. …

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Added by Paul Raymer on May 18, 2015 at 5:17am — No Comments

Contributions of BIM services on Structural Design Companies

There is an enormous contribution of the BIM services on the structural steel services. Most importantly the BIM services promote the overall productivity, integrity and the visualization of the projects. Today BIM services have become an integral part of the structural design companies providing the necessary software solutions for the business executions.

One can well understand the wide range of contributions of the BIM services on the structural design services. The BIM service is…

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Added by Alfie Davis on May 15, 2015 at 5:19am — No Comments

How to Choose the Right Solar Panels

Whether you've decided to live "off the grid" or simply work eco-friendly energy into your current lifestyle, using solar energy is an ideal way to accomplish the goal. Using photovoltaic technology, the heat and light from the sun are converted into electrical energy that you can use to power your…

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Added by Jamie Press on May 10, 2015 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

Tips For Drying Out A Water Damaged Building

No one likes to think that the worst may happen to them, but if you do not prepare for it, then you are going to be completely floored if it ever does. That is certainly the case when it comes to water damage. A water damaged building can be utterly wrecked, or it can have subtle problems that you do not discover until months later, just when you thought that the worst was over. That is why it is absolutely essential that you completely dry out your home after water damage, otherwise there…

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Added by Mary Desilva on May 6, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Points to Consider about the Best Furnace filter for indoor Air Quality





Amongst the top environmental health risks today, indoor air pollutants pose a major threat. Home insulation and air-tight structure add a lot to reduced indoor air quality. Many of the home improvements help save on energy costs, but they prevent fresh air from approaching into your home.… Continue

Added by Crosbey Archery on May 5, 2015 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Revisiting Electrification

I must admit that I am still having trouble getting my head around this idea. But the arithmetic is fairly simple: an 80% reduction in carbon emissions simply can’t be achieved without drastic cutbacks in residential natural gas use. In the residential sector, natural gas burned on site is responsible for about one quarter of carbon emissions. We can use carbon-free electricity generated…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 4, 2015 at 9:37am — 7 Comments

Solar Lights For Cabins and Camping

If you are a camping enthusiast, chances are you own or occasionally opt for a cabin. Obviously, due to the remote location, most of the cabins do not have the feature of electricity. Having your local utilities service run electricity to a remote location is often more expensive that what it is worth. For a small investment, you can opt for several solar panel fixtures that you can install anywhere and anytime you like.

The one and only concern you will be having is where you should…

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Added by Mary Desilva on May 2, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality

I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder.  He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday.  He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests.  The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!

I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 27, 2015 at 5:24am — 22 Comments

Tiles Flooring – A Better Choice than Concrete Flooring

This article can change one’s perception about flooring and can act as an excellent guide in helping one to go for the right kind of flooring. Flooring can be both concrete and tile flooring. However the question lies as to which kind of flooring can provide hassle free maintenance, belong lasting and will add to the necessary drama and beautification to one’s home or business place.

The answer to this can give rise to debate until one discovers the benefits of applying tiles for…

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Added by Alfie Davis on April 27, 2015 at 3:40am — No Comments

Residential Electric Load Disaggregation

“What gets measured gets managed” is a quote often attributed to the venerable management expert Peter Drucker.  The simple but powerful idea behind the statement is that without quantitative measurement, it is impossible to benchmark the current state and manage progress toward a desired state.  Variations of the quote abound but it is difficult to trace the quote to a specific book, paper, or speech.  As it turns out, an earlier incarnation of this idea predates Drucker.

Renowned…

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Added by Charlie Hewitt on April 26, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Say Good Bye to Toxic Emission with Rooftop Solar Panel Installation

In a machine-driven, machine dependent world, power is the basic need. Power outage can bring all the activities to a grinding halt. Solar energy can provide a solid power boost to the bustling cities like Tampa, while helping the households and commercial establishments to reduce their carbon footprints.…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on April 24, 2015 at 2:58am — No Comments

Ways to Go Green This Spring

Spring has sprung and now it’s time to open the windows and clean! But, while you are doing your spring cleaning and clearing out old things, it’s good to think about what you can do to go green in the process of cleaning. Whether it’s recycling, changing out your lightbulbs, or doing some minor repairs to your…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on April 23, 2015 at 9:20am — No Comments

Are You Safe Working in Your Laboratory?

If you’re working at a lab, then safety is most probably one of the main aspects that you are constantly looking out for.

In order to ensure your lab is working efficiently, you should be confident that you are actually safe while working. Otherwise, your lab operations might be negatively affected. Worse, that could lead to a myriad of many other problems, including but not limited to: inaccurate lab results, stress and many others.

So, how can we make our lab safe? Here are…

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Added by Alfie Davis on April 22, 2015 at 12:07am — No Comments

Can Open Architecture Raise Awareness of Home Energy Consumption?

The phrase “open architecture” probably elicits a beautiful picture of a roofless garden or a spacious home with many windows, few walls, and as little a barrier as possible between human and nature. But in reality, “open architecture” has to do with the unsexy steel of computers, the motherboards and software that gets run.…

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Added by Tim Cohen on April 20, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Which version of CAZ testing is used for BPI/QCI testing?

Combustion Safety Testing is one of the most important components of the HEP QCI exam.  Because it is linked to the safety of the occupants, it has been a fundamental element of BPI exams since the inception of the organization.  As we make homes tighter and more energy efficient, we cut back on the…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 20, 2015 at 4:13am — No Comments

What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am — No Comments

Working with Roofing Professionals

GAF has introduced training called the Home Energy Saver Certificate - Building Science for the Roofing Professional.  It's online, ondemand training narrated by Shane Monday of HUB Energy Group.  The professional roofing contractor sees a much larger number of existing homes than many other types of contractors. We're working to connect them with Home Energy Professionals.

You can check out the training we developed and register for free at:…

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Added by Martin Grohman on April 8, 2015 at 7:19am — No Comments

Home energy audit online tool!

In a partnership of Latvia scientistists has been developed a building energy efficiency evaluation program.

Energy audit is a procedure of building survey and analysis, which aims to identify incoming and outgoing flows of energy in the building. After energy audit, energy-saving features (energy efficiency measures) can be determined and evaluate from the technical and economic point of view. Energy audit role began to rise in the last few years, when heating…

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Added by Kalvis on April 6, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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