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My Fall Into The Smart Home, Lazy Life

Last year I moved into a house that needed some work. So far I’ve replaced the foundation, installed seismic upgrades, added central heat, repainted, and much more. (Anybody know a good fireplace guy?)

Along the way, I’ve been slowly upgrading to smart home technology. I ripped out my old, broken doorbell and added Ring, which detects when people are at my door and sends a video notification to my phone.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 18, 2015 at 8:51am — 2 Comments

How to Get Started Working as a Full-Time Energy Auditor

It is not often clear the path a BPI-certified energy auditor should take, or where exactly the opportunities lie… to buffer existing business, as side work, to work as a full-time energy auditor, or to go out on your own, the opportunities are vast and diverse. Oftentimes we get our energy auditor certification as a kind of back-up plan or to aid a struggling business. Or maybe you attended BPI training as…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 18, 2015 at 8:50am — No Comments

Green Real Estate Agents Help "Power" Veterans Through Solar in Habitat for Humanity Homes

Andy Nelson is the CEO and president of San Diego-based Willis Allen Real Estate. Joining the firm in 1977 as the youngest team member, Nelson drew on his leadership experience and training as a former naval officer to implement his innovative ideas and became CEO four years later. Nelson continues to grow the business by researching new high-end…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 11, 2015 at 9:35am — No Comments

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

Mina Agarabi is the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Agarabi Engineering PLLC, a consulting firm focused on operations and maintenance and energy efficiency. Prior to establishing her firm, she conducted light commercial and residential energy assessments and oversaw the installation of numerous energy-efficiency projects at Association for Energy Affordability and Steven Winter Associates. Agarabi has several…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 11, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to improve the air quality in your home ?

There are top 5 Steps to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality



1. Keep Air Circulating





Even when the weather is cool, open the windows to let in fresh air. If it's simply too cold, run ceiling fans to keep air circulating. And don't…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 6, 2015 at 7:57pm — No Comments

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Added by Kelly Longthorne on November 4, 2015 at 7:26am — No Comments

Setting up Your HVAC for Fall Maintenance

Summer is slowing down, you feel the first chill noticeable all around. It helps us to remember a great deal of things: leaves, the occasions/events, all things pumpkin, yet what you ought to likewise put on that rundown is your fall upkeep on your warmer! After a long summer, your HVAC(Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System) needs the majority of its parts looked at! An inspection guarantees your system is running at…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 3, 2015 at 10:09pm — No Comments

VW Isn't the Only One That Circumvents

The outrage against Volkswagen (VW) is justified, but let’s not forget that other manufacturers—a lot of manufacturers—have been circumventing energy and emissions tests for decades. Here are a few of my own experiences.

Cadillac was circumventing emissions test procedures 20 years before VW. Cadillac’s engineers faced the same dilemma: How do they comply with emissions control requirements without sacrificing performance? Not surprisingly, they solved…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 2, 2015 at 10:04am — 5 Comments

Enter HeatSpring's Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway!

This winter, we’re celebrating innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings with a course giveaway! If you’ve helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building, enter our Leaders in High Performance Building…

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Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Everblue Training LLC Named a Veteran Owned Small Business

Gains Exclusive Opportunity to Participate in Federal Government Contracts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation has verified Everblue Training LLC, a leading training provider for solar energy and green job skills, as a Veteran Owned Small Business and has added Everblue to its veteran business database.

Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) logo Everblue is now eligible to participate in Veterans First Contracting Program opportunities. To…

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Added by Everblue Training on October 29, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

7 Safety Tips for Home Heating Systems

It's quite impossible to survive during those chilly winter nights without a proper home heating system. After all, this is what keeps you comfortable during those days when the temperature takes a dip. Quite unfortunately, most of the home fires occur due to malfunctioning of the heating systems. At times, this also occurs due to a fire triggered by a heating system that hasn’t been maintained properly. This is why it's advisable to keep the home heating system in a sound condition, in…

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Added by SmithWatson on October 29, 2015 at 5:12am — No Comments

Retrofit of steam heating systems: new alternative.

Since 1850th steam heating system was system of choice in US. In 1920th hot water circulator introduction into market shifted preferences towards hot water heating thanks to drastic reduction of installation cost. In 1960th forced air systems became popular for the same reason.

Today millions of steam heating systems still deliver heat in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. After decades of poor or no…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on October 22, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments

The Homeowner's Guide to Saving Money on Your Heating Bill

Keeping your home warm throughout a long winter can be a major expense. If you rely on oil or propane for heat, you likely know from experience that prices are rarely consistent.

Unlike natural gas or electricity, heating oil and propane aren't automatically sent to your home via the grid. While this means you have to arrange delivery yourself, it also gives you the freedom to shop around and potentially save money by paying attention to heating oil price projections in your…

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Added by Brian Reilly on October 22, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

‘Tour of Zero’ Offers Virtual Look at Zero Energy Ready Home

Consumers are eager for homes that live better, work better and last better -- and the US Department of Energy's “Tour of Zero” gives them a virtual look at some innovative projects that provide exactly…

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Added by Diane Jackson on October 21, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Stevens Institute of Technology Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

Stevens Institute of Technology won top honors overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar powered house.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 21, 2015 at 10:29am — No Comments

Seaming with Industrial Tape: Q&A with Risa Edelstein

Recently we got the opportunity to speak with Risa Edelstein, an expert on barrier seaming with adhesive tape. Edelstein is one of the executives at ECHOtape, a worldwide provider of pressure sensitive industrial tape.

Tape works with insulation systems as a complement for energy efficiency. It is an accessory product…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 21, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

Is there any truth to the utility companies being required by law to pay an annual increase dividend to stockholders

Is there any truth to the Utility companies being required by law to pay an annual increase of 10% in dividends to stockholders? 

I'd never heard of this being imposed on any company, however the grid is falling apart, rate increases are implemented in their ever increasing offerings, and there is no way to fight…

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Added by John Kaye on October 20, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

AB 1103 IS DEAD.......LONG LIVE AB 802

Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015), signed by Governor Brown on October 8, 2015, has mandated the transition to a new statewide building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program. This announcement…

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Added by Bijou Lulla on October 20, 2015 at 7:13am — No Comments

Addison Home’s Third Net Zero Energy Home Featured in ‘Upstate Under Construction’

Addison Homes’ third Net Zero Energy Home project made the pages of GSA Business Journal's “Upstate Under Construction,” a quarterly feature on architecture, engineering and construction that spotlights economic expansion across the region. …

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Added by Diane Jackson on October 13, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Addison Homes Wins Housing Innovation Award

Addison Homes traveled to the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo in Denver this week to pick up the 2015 HOUSING INNOVATION AWARD from the U.S. Department of Energy. This award recognizes the…

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Added by Diane Jackson on October 9, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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