Attending a week long class where veteran trainer Rick Chitwood is moderator has been entertaining and joyful. In the class which is inside a house that is being retrofit completely we are now designing and installing a super efficient HVAC system.…
If you don't want to read the whole article, at least go to the bottom of the page and watch the screen cast. Take a look at some real effective garage door insulation. No, I didn't make this up.…
By Guest Blogger Stephen L. Cowell
A recent article in Newsweek, “Obama’s Big Green Mess,”describes what can happen when contractors are “unfamiliar with the nuances of specialized weatherization work.” The fact is, installing furnaces that exhaust poisonous fumes, putting in…Continue
Sean Smith was the man in the middle. – a key figure with a foot in both worlds of business and “green.”
A high-end general contractor, he built two LEED-certified homes in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver in 2009. At an educational session he hosted there, the U.S. Green Building Council approached him to serve on a committee. “If you’re doing big-picture things, I’m all over it,” he told them.
At a subsequent meeting at the Governor’s Energy…Continue
The bottom line: They produced and sold what the customer actually wanted and was willing to pay for. There are a lot of other things they did, but all complexities funneled back into the purpose of delivering something…Continue
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
Story tells of a gentleman that came home from work…Continue
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com, and the eNewsletter, the Energy Spy Insider
People can have a Love-hate relationship with their wood burning fireplace. There is a lot of loving and hating going on right about now, because cooler weather has come and there are about 35 million fireplaces in the U.S. Whether we are hanging the Christmas stockings with care or trying…Continue
What new energy efficiency technologies will change the game? I’d like to use this space on occasion to explore that question and get your feedback on companies that I profile.
Added by Elisa Wood on November 4, 2011 at 2:39pm — No Comments
My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!)
"The Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star website is friendly, functional, and full of great information. I was first introduced to MDHomePerfromance.org by my brother who is editor of Home Energy Magazine. He…Continue
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When Home Energy Pros turned one it was galloping.
We’re off to a wildly…Continue
At the beginning of a home energy audit, I make it a habit to ask the homeowner if I can see their…Continue
There's one thing that keeps me from my favorite fast-food indulgence, the Junior Whopper with Cheese. It's called the Happy Meal. My kids insist on them. And our meals are indeed happier if I forgo my trip to Burger King so we can snag Happy Meals at McDonald's instead.
How does this relate to Home Performance?
A big focus among home performance professionals at the moment is driving demand. To do that…Continue
Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Das Haus is a traveling pavilion, a North American tour and an ongoing international dialogue about advanced technologies for home construction and solar energy use. The purpose – to share German innovations that have achieved sustainable construction and operational energy…Continue
My Dad and I have a running joke when we’re in the car together. “Look,” he’ll say. “Gas is cheap. It’s down to $3.39.” Cheap, he means, compared with the month before when it was $3.79 per gallon.
The joke illustrates a good point. A few years ago we were flabbergasted by gasoline prices that exceeded $3 per gallon. Now we’re really happy when it doesn’t hit $4 per gallon.
When it comes to energy, we’re like frogs in water coming to a slow boil. We’ve gotten so accustomed to…Continue
I love to hear from homeowners on the internet, although it's not always a homeowner from a publication that had work done on the subject of their publication. I always learn something about the homeowners expectations, grievances and the message they want to send about the company. People who share ideas are genius, people who share accomplishments are smart, and people who talk about people are ignorant.
Because this is relatively a new field for a lot of people I'm prone to remind…Continue
If a double pane window is better than a single pane window, should I use triple pane windows?
By Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com