Most people don't truly consider money spent on their home a real investment unless they are planning on flipping or selling the home quickly. Upgrades to energy efficiency can be a great way to improve the comfort of your home while also saving a decent amount of money every month on your utility bills. Variable speed pool pumps, insulation upgrades, sealing your leaky ductwork can all provide a strong ROI that is virtually guaranteed. Not something that you would be able to match…Continue
Added by Joshua Fletcher on December 2, 2014 at 7:05am — No Comments
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” - Thomas Alva Edison.
We’ve all learnt about the importance of renewable energy, especially solar energy, back in school days. However, it was only when we discovered that levels of our non-renewable energy sources are going down that we realized the importance of utilizing the benefits of renewable sources. That…
A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted…Continue
As many know, by the end of this year all HERS Raters & Field Inspectors (RFI’s) in good standing must complete a three prong CAZ training & testing requirement (assuming it was not part of their original training). While one can debate should they or shouldn’t they have done this, the die has been cast and the mandate has been made. In case this is news to you,…Continue
Added by Sean Lintow Sr on November 19, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments
An important deadline is looming for existing HERS Raters. By January 1, 2015, all existing Raters must have passed both the combustion safety written and simulation exams to maintain their certification. If existing Raters do not successfully complete these tasks, they will lose their certification and will not be able to perform home energy ratings as part of their business. This also applies to existing RESNET Rating Field Inspectors.
If you earned your HERS certification prior to…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on November 18, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments
Mechanical strain gauge installed to measure the growth of foundation cracks…Continue
Added by Crawl Space Repair Company on November 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
I’m very excited to share my very first blog post on Home Energy Pros. I'm looking forward to sharing information about health, wellness and clean air technology and meet others who are as passionate about these subjects as I am. For years, I suffered from…Continue
Added by Tom Lozano on November 14, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments
Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.
“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…Continue
You have probably seen those amazing images of the world at night as observed from space—hundreds of times. Below is one photo, but many others show expanded views of smaller areas. I still marvel at how those necklaces of light show the shapes of our cities. The lights tell stories, too. For example, the Korean peninsula appears surgically sliced at the Demilitarized Zone,…Continue
From January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, several areas saw significant solar home sales when compared to the other areas of the Phoenix area. The top five zip codes were:
During this time, there were a total of 809…Continue
In October 2014, there were a total of 102 solar home sales, 44 solar homes had a solar lease while the other 58 homes had an owned solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. October returned to the…Continue
Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on November 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
With winter right around the corner, many of us start looking at various ways to reduce heat loss and improve energy savings. One of the most common practices of improving energy savings is by installing or improving our homes insulation. This is especially true for those of us who have the luxury of living above a crawl space. Installing or improving crawl space insulation can be very beneficial. But it can also have expensive, negative effects if not done correctly. Here is a list of a few…Continue
Phoenix solar home sales were up during the third quarter of 2014, including the resale of homes with a solar lease and solar owned systems on the roofs, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS). For the months of July, August, and September, there were a total of 289 Phoenix area homes that had either a leased or owned solar system, up 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014.
Solar leases made a large gain during the quarter as they accounted for 48…Continue
One of the most expensive aspects of being a homeowner, other than a mortgage, is money spent toward heating and cooling your home. It becomes a balancing act of sorts, trying to find that perfect comfort level in your home. As many homeowners know, finding that comfort level proves even more difficult with the more people living in your home.
As homeowners we look for every advantage to achieve this comfort level while at the same time trying to save money on our energy cost. This…Continue
Added by Adam Swain on October 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
It seems that our public schools are constantly in panic mode, looking for ways to save money and allocate limited resources. So it’s particularly exciting to tell you about a project where aerosealing just a single elementary school building is saving one school district about $45,000 a year. That’s a lot of…Continue
Added by Brad Brenner on October 14, 2014 at 12:15pm — No Comments
While hard-surface flooring is on every list for improving indoor air quality, the type of hard-surface flooring may be problematic, especially if your clients' health is already compromised.
This article on formaldehyde levels in laminate flooring emphatically waves the health flag. The article is based on testing of Chinese-made laminate…Continue
Added by Shawna Henderson on October 10, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments
Three people who together helped increase the energy efficiency of lighting systems across the world have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday.…Continue
Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 9, 2014 at 7:32am — No Comments
In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on October 8, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
"It’s a strong move for both companies and it’s a stronger mover for the industry as a whole.”
That coming from the EPA’s Chandler von Shrader after he got the news of the merger between these two leaders in Home Performance.
Aeroseal’s acquisition of Comfort…Continue
Added by Brad Brenner on October 7, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments