This very question was recently posed in the BPI Group. Is there a conflict of interest when an energy auditor also offers contracting or weatherization services to their clients? At first glance, many would say that the easy answer is "yes". The common reasoning is that people will steer their clients towards the products they sell in order to make as much money as possible. After all, that's what we are all in business for, isn't it? The other answer was "it's just human…Continue
Don’t you just hate it when you have to wake up because of the blasted sunshine on your face? Not everyone is a morning person. Shutting out the light when you need a few more minutes of snoozing doesn’t have to be such a pain. Enter the ultimate lazy gizmo, radio controlled blinds.What’s that I hear? You don’t have the money to have these radio controlled blinds installed? Don’t be…Continue
Added by Andy Jones on January 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Meritage homes, a big national production home builder, has announced its intention to only offer ultra energy efficient homes. They will document this by using the HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System), which is currently used for ENERGY STAR qualified homes, and is a standard of the U. S. mortgage industry. A home built to the current 2006 IECC energy code has a HERS Index of 100, and is considered the "reference" home for a given design. To meet ENERGY STAR requirements in our climate…Continue
On Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Home Energy Consultants attended a marketing training seminar in Fayetteville sponsored by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and presented by CLEAResults Consulting, which is implementing the SWEPCO Residential Solutions incentive program. The training session was intended for any participating contractor of the SWEPCO program, including contractors for heating and air conditioning, insulation, duct sealing, air sealing and energy…Continue
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Thanks to all those who have contacted us!
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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,…
Boston-Cambridge, MA – H.O. Electric today announced the launch of…
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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…Continue
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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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…Continue
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…
Added by Ed Voytovich on December 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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...[…Continue
Added by John Poole on December 19, 2010 at 5:56pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Allison A. Bailes III on December 17, 2010 at 1:10pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Nathan Christensen on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue