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Recovery through Retrofit: The Workforce Guidelines Public Comments

While I was originally planning to do a Cliff Notes version of the Workforce Guidelines, that idea was looking less & less likely after hitting two pages of notes. When I was less than 200 pages in & a computer problem destroyed over three pages of notes, the idea officially hit the scrap bin. As a reminder, the NRRG (National Residential Retrofit Guidelines) is part of the Recovery through Retrofit program and is open for Public Comment until January 7th as listed…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on December 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Energy Performance Does Add Value! Just look at the HERS Rating!

Trying to demonstrate to the unknowing that enhanced home energy performance translates into enhanced resale value is not an easy task. But actually it is right there in the HERS Rating!?



Even though most of us 'energy pros' understand that the increased comfort, health, durability, and lower energy bills means that the property should be more desirable and more valuable, it is hard to get this going due to the true way that properties are valued.



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Added by Jamie Kaye on December 11, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Persuading 5-Million Home Buyers to Invest in Energy Efficiency

Federal and state governments are deploying billions of dollars in an unprecedented push to weatherize America’s existing homes in order to save energy and create jobs. However, the programs piloted by the government during the past decade, and more recently by the utilities, do not yet come close to being able to meet these goals. America can no longer afford to measure program ramp-up time in terms of years, nor should the public have to spend thousands of…

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Added by Doris Ikle on December 10, 2010 at 10:44am — 5 Comments

Duct Testing Accuracy





Did you know you can test the accuracy of your equipment before you get on site? As a manufacturer, we often get tech support calls from auditors who are on site, and wondering if their equipment is providing an accurate reading. Thankfully, there is an easy way to test both your duct tester and gauge, regardless of manufacturer, before you get on site. There is, after all, nothing worse than showing up on site, and not being…

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Added by Silvie Votrubova on December 10, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Through prediction or performance, how do we meet our energy challenges?

Henry Gifford, a mechanical systems designer and principal at Gifford Fuel Saving, Inc. in New York City, is suing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for millions of dollars. Gifford, in the class action suit, claims that the USGBC has committed fraud in the selling of its Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) program, and has unfairly kept work away from people like him who are not involved in the program. (Photo of Henry Gifford by Travis Roozee.)…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 9, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Infrared Detects Piping Issues Behind Walls

pipe leaks

The problem faced by most property owners is that any moisture behind the walls, over ceilings, and under the floors are often impossible to detect until the problem is excessive and obviously visible. But, by then it’s too late and all damaged surfaces must now be replaced, along with the pipes that caused the damage. Small supply pipe leaks or waste line seepage's are common sources of water…

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Added by David Valley on December 9, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Home Trends Further Establish the Value of Consultants

In recent years, the residential design and construction industry has experienced a dramatic transformation. Simply, in the current environment, there are many more complex decisions to be made, even more constraints, and genuine economic, environmental, cultural, and social implications to consider. In addition to micro-level demands,…

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Added by Jed Peterson on December 8, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Smart Grid needs a Facebook

We think we know how smart grid technology will change the utility industry. But do we really? Take a look at this documentary made in 1969. It’s a view of how the world perceived the coming Internet (It’s also a pretty amusing look at how sexist our society still was at that point.)…



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Added by Elisa Wood on December 7, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Renewable Energy Discussion on Arts Alive, etc!

Here is the audio from a radio show I did on 98.5 FM The Cat in Catskill, NY.



I appologize in advance for the horribly lo-tech slideshow!



Enjoy!



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Added by Mark Richardson on December 7, 2010 at 5:53am — No Comments

Electric Cars - Are They Really the Answer?

Have you noticed that there have been a lot of commercials about electric cars lately? Do you think that electric cars are really the answer to our energy issues and reliance on fossil fuels? I started to think about the process associated with electric vehicles and did some simple research. Following are some simple points to consider.



First let’s look at the manufacturing process. Vehicle parts are manufactured all over the world in…

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Added by Jon LaMonte on December 3, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Preventing Huge Holiday Electric Bills

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us. With Thanksgiving already in the shadows many people either have already or will soon set up their Christmas or other holiday decorations. Decorations are a great way to get into the season and spread cheer but they can also be a great way to increase electric bills. As Christmas trees and decorative lighting get plugged in electric bills go up. The exact amount the bills will increase depends on the lighting being used and how the… Continue

Added by Silas Inman on December 2, 2010 at 12:24pm — 4 Comments

The Many Shades of One Color: Part 1

Green is almost undeniably one of the most marketed colors as it relates to the environment, sustainability, and energy. But what exactly does “green” mean in relation to environmental and energy issues?



More importantly, can a modern product or process really be considered green, and if so, by what benchmark? For example, we know that CFLs use less energy than incandescent lights, but does consuming less energy really make a product greener?



To begin, the word green has… Continue

Added by Nathan Christensen on November 29, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Archimedes, Einstein, and Home Energy: Searching for the Eureka Moment

These thoughts come from somewhere out in left field WRT home performance--from the perspective of a humanist intellectual who happens to have a fascination with applied building science. The subject is not solving a problem it is a philosophical consideration of The Problem. Some readers may find accordingly that the remarks below are interesting--others not so much.



Humanist intellectuals in general are people who are interested in a wide spectrum of subjects and who often study them… Continue

Added by Ed Voytovich on November 28, 2010 at 6:41am — 6 Comments

The Oldest Boiler in the UK

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Added by John Barba on November 27, 2010 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Are Energy Assessments a Commodity?

On the news today was the data showing the new Nissan Leaf will get 99 mpg. That is amazing! Is this a step in the right direction? Well maybe a little, but I think it is more a step laterally and not one that moves us closer toward energy independence. The way I am looking at this is that it gets the masses thinking about using less and getting more, which is the fundamental meaning of efficiency, but it is not without costs. If we don’t have a…
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Added by Jamie Kaye on November 27, 2010 at 5:31am — 2 Comments

Under Construction

Home Energy Pros is a great place for professionals in the home energy field to gather online. We need more communities where people committed to green homes can meet and network. This is why Green Making is building a new website that will facilitate community at the local level. We are expecting to have our site in beta testing early next year (2011). Isn’t that just around the corner?…



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Added by Rich Wingerter on November 24, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades

Hello All:



With so many HEP participants already being deluged with relevant (and sometimes irrelevant) information about the industry, it's difficult to decide when to add yet another layer by posting a press release such as this. For those who are top of this, forgive me. For those who aren't, and pretty much don't care, hope you'll forgive me too...



During my brief time with this group, I have come to very much respect the remarkable level of…
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Added by Steve Waclo on November 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Get Ready for a Lower HERS Index in ENERGY STAR Version 3!

ENERGY STAR Homes, Version 3

Last week I got the new version of REM/Rate, the accredited home energy rating software that we use here at Energy Vanguard Energy…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on November 23, 2010 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Time to change habits, as well as light bulbs?

We are bombarded daily by advertisements selling us soft drinks, pharmaceuticals, cars, insurance, junk food, teeth whitener, diet programs, and on and on. But when was the last time someone…

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Added by Elisa Wood on November 23, 2010 at 10:03am — 3 Comments

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Why do we go to doctors when we are sick? Isn’t it to find out what is wrong with us? Don’t we rely on our doctors’ education, expertise, and experiences to provide us with a proper diagnosis? Sometimes they are able to diagnose our problem and provide us with a plan of action or prescription to make us feel better. Sometimes, they refer us to a specialist that can better diagnose our problems. To 99% of the population, that…
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Added by Jon LaMonte on November 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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