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What's Next for Weatherization: Pioneers in Community Energy Leadership

At the recent NCAF Energy Leveraging conference, one of the big questions on the minds of attendees was how do we keep over 1700 weatherization subgrantees alive after the ARRA stimulus funding runs out? As Bob Adams, Program Lead with the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, said,"We don't want [the unemployment of weatherization staff] to be our post-ARRA legacy. The crystal ball is really cloudy, but there are a lot of believers who are… Continue

Added by Tom White on November 21, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Let's Talk Preservation - Part 2

In my previous journal entry, “Let’s Talk Preservation: Part 1”, I briefly touched on why Energy Star certified homes, despite their high levels of efficiency, still inflict considerable damage to the

environment.



We know that Energy Star homes reach their certification by making use of high efficiency windows, appliances, insulation, and HVAC systems. However, regardless of how little energy a new home consumes,

it still requires exceptional levels of energy to…

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Added by Nathan Christensen on November 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Democrats More Prone to Guilt

In general Democrats are more sensitive to the negative effect of their actions on others. That is one conclusion of a study done by Cornell University researchers, who shared their findings at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference (BECC) now taking place in Sacramento. Cornell Economist Benjamin Ho explained that an extensive human behavior study showed that Democrats are more likely to respond to television commercials and… Continue

Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 18, 2010 at 10:46am — No Comments

Why I am optimistic about the future of Energy Efficiency industry.

As I sit here typing I am for the in a long time optimistic about our industry. The crash and burn of PACE and subsequently Homestar left many of us wondering if our industry would ever make it to prime time.



I have new found optimism. I am actually excited. In the last month I have seen the following.



Vice President Biden and the news conference regarding Home Score. Agree with it or not it got press. It also…

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Added by Glen Gallo on November 18, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Home Energy's associate editor gets published in the ASTM's "Standardization News"

In a shameless bit of self-promotion, I am excited to announce that me and my colleague-on-ground, Kevin Rowell were picked up by the ASTM's "Standardization News" in an article about the potential of re-introducing the vernacular building styles into Haiti's post-disaster housing crisis.



The article, entitled "Taking the Long View in… Continue

Added by Leslie Jackson on November 17, 2010 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Let's Talk Preservation - Part 1



Every day, while traveling to or coming home from work, I hear an advertisement for new Energy Star homes under construction or ready for purchase. While I have the utmost respect for what Energy Star

certification stands for and hopes to accomplish, I don’t believe I could ever own one myself. Energy Star and other similarly accredited homes offer quite a bit in terms of energy efficiency, but in terms of lessening the homes impact on the environment…I’m not entirely…

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Added by Nathan Christensen on November 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Fluke TiR Featured in new Home Energy Auditing Commercial

Our TiR Thermal Imager was featured in the new Baltimore Gas & Electric home energy inspection commercial! We couldn’t be happier about seeing our signature Fluke-yellow imager featured in this commercial,

which began airing around the greater Baltimore area in late September.



For nearly 200 years, Baltimore Gas & Electric has been meeting the energy needs of Central Maryland, serving more than 1.2 million business and residential electric customers and more…

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Added by Fluke Thermal Imaging on November 15, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

Taking the Home Energy Scoring Tool a Step Further

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) puts a great deal of focus and concern into the area of weatherization. An abundant amount of recovery act funding went towards weatherization and in return the reduction of energy consumption. In an attempt to make the auditing and assessing aspect of weatherization readily available and understood by both experts and consumers alike the DOE has created the Home Energy Scoring Tool.



This tool is available online for free and unlike similar…

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Added by Silas Inman on November 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

TopTenUSA: The most energy efficient products

TopTen USA is a new non-profit organization that makes it easy for consumers to find the most energy efficient products. World Wildlife Fund is a partner in TopTen USA and blogs about the new website:

Help…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 10, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

EERE/DOE Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Energy Efficiency Improvements

Hello All:

Perhaps I'm not looking closely enough, but I've not noticed mention of these daily updates from DOE. In the unlikely event any members are unaware of the service, here's the latest release and I believe there is also info on signing up:…

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Added by Steve Waclo on November 10, 2010 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Man’s Best (and Most Energy Efficient?) Friend



My cousin Mark is a pretty smart guy who reads widely. (All my cousins are above average.) Here is what Mark sent to me in an e-mail about dogs:…



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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Insulate Your !#@!$ Attic Hatch

My attic hatch insulation kit came in the mail this morning and I am very excited. Excited enough to go into a hot dusty attic to install it over the weekend.



I promised Michele that I will practice the Yoga of home improvement projects and keep the cursing down to a minimum. My home improvement projects usually involve some cursing. I worked part time as a janitor when I was in high school and that is where I…
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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Asset Rating with the Home Energy Scoring Tool

The White House announced this week a new initiative to boost home energy efficiency. This is the culmination of the Recovery Through Retrofit plan, funded through the…

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Added by Evan Mills on November 9, 2010 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

The Government and Retrofitting and my view on the need for third party audits

I just got done reading an article by Martin La Monica at the CNET green blog



http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20022184-54.html



What was of particular interest to me was the pdf attached at the bottom.

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Out of fifteen homes in the report below are some findings

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Twelve homes failed final… Continue

Added by Glen Gallo on November 9, 2010 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Ice Dams and How To Prevent Ice Damming

excessive ice dam



Ice dams in Massachusetts are an ongoing nuisance and are causing extensive damage to soffit cavities, fascia boards, roof sheathing, gutters, and to the most outer portion of living area walls. This ice build-up can absolutely be alleviated, but every house tends to have a different situation as to why this ice dam is there in the first place. First, I'd like to explain how this massive ice mound forms on the most outer edge of your…

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Added by David Valley on November 9, 2010 at 7:49am — 6 Comments

Energy efficiency: Real estate’s next granite counter top?

By Elisa Wood

A lot of good economic reasons exist to pursue energy efficiency. Still the average person tends not to. This is no surprise. If I cannot see, touch, buy, sell, trade or save efficiency, if it’s invisible, how can I pay it any real attention?

Often on the vanguard, Boston-based Conservation Services Group is working on an…

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Added by Elisa Wood on November 8, 2010 at 2:18pm — 4 Comments

Green Jobs - Do They Have to Have a Color?

In this economy does it really matter what color our jobs are? Seriously. There are dark agents afoot. Lurking. Obstructing the possible creation of new jobs based on "green" technology or "green" principals (i.e. "work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality...") at all costs. There is a green… Continue

Added by Mark Richardson on November 8, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

It's Not All About The "R"

A few months ago I had lunch with a friend of mine who recently bought

an older historic home in southern Ohio. The subject of insulation and

heating costs came up and we engaged in a bit of a debate over what kind

of insulation to use. Now, I don’t believe either of us won, primarily

because I don’t think an ultimately right answer exists for the topic

we were debating. The topic you ask? “How big of a role does the

R-Value really play in insulation on an… Continue

Added by Nathan Christensen on November 8, 2010 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment

WxTV - Blower Door Basics: Part III



Another episode of WxTV is ready to view!

Blower Door Basics: Part III - The Breakdown

http://www.weatherization.org/wxtv28





Well, we've produced another episode of WxTV.

Be sure to check out: Blower Door Basics: Part… Continue

Added by Ben Cichowski on November 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Infrared (Thermal) Imaging Detects Radiant Ice Melt Systems

radiant ice and snow melt pipe detection



Ice and snow melt systems are utilized in many applications throughout the state of Massachusetts. Business owners utilize snow and ice melt systems in outdoor malls, parking lots, car washes, walkways, and loading ramps to eliminate the expense of continuous snowplowing, to avoid skidding of vehicles and to prevent slip-and-fall accidents on their property.



As a…

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Added by David Valley on November 7, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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