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Controlling Heating and Cooling Costs in Vacation Rentals

Vacation rental properties account for 22% of the domestic lodging market.  Properties range from condominiums to detached homes and are predominantly located in coastal and mountainous regions.  While significant research and trade press…


Added by Charlie Hewitt on June 17, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Earn 9 BPI CEUs at RaterFest! 2015

CEUs + Rocky Mountains + Amazing People = One Wonderful Weekend

You may have heard a while ago that RaterFest was accredited for 12 Rater, Trainer and QAD CEUs from RESNET. 


We are proud to announce that…


Added by Hannah Finch on June 16, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Upgrade Heating and Cooling Systems

People have been buying heating and cooling systems since years. The best use of these systems could only be understood as the seasons change. The heating and cooling systems have now become a very necessary part of our daily life. With such amenities, we are getting more and more dependent on the modern technology. These systems are very delicate and need regular maintenance and care. However, most of the people overlook the importance of regular maintenance of their heating and cooling… Continue

Added by Nevada Heating on June 16, 2015 at 12:05am — No Comments

Examining Laser Measure Devices


Measuring tools have come a long way ever since they were first developed. Distance measuring tools such as tape measure have in particular been improved over the years with the sole aim of improving on their accuracy and ease of use. Latest measuring tools…


Added by Lars olsen on June 12, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Building a New Pool - Should I Install a Solar Pool Heater?

While few people will swim in the bad month or two we have where night temperatures approach freezing, many people expect to swim in their new pool year-round. When building a new pool your pool builder will inevitably as you how you want to heat it. Even here in Southwest Florida, pool heating is necessary to maximize your swimming…


Added by Jason Szumlanski on June 12, 2015 at 5:59am — No Comments

Revisiting Heat Pump Water Heaters

Most of the recent trade press seems focused on tankless water heaters.  Whether used in whole-home or point-of-use configurations, tankless water heaters solve some of the efficiency problems associated with storage tank heaters.  While these systems are worthy of discussion,…


Added by Charlie Hewitt on June 10, 2015 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

Five Types of Solar Solutions for Homes in Tampa

Smart home owners know solar energy offers an economical power source with obvious environmental benefits, but the upfront cost of buying and installing a system keep many away from adopting this new technology. Tampa, however, is a city that has whole-heartedly adopted solar power and is doing everything to realize its full potential. Solar companies in Tampa are therefore offering a number of solutions for not just big commercial houses but also individual to fit every budget, thus…


Added by Olivia Taylor on June 10, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Why Does India Need an Integrated Energy Policy?

For a country to have sustainable development that neither compromises on environmental values nor economic progress, it is necessary for it to have policies that make the best use of renewable energy sources available to it. Putting down an integrated policy is important so that investment and technological innovation is directed towards sustainable growth patterns. The article looks at what makes such a policy important for a country like India.

A recent article in the Economic…


Added by Daina Martin on June 4, 2015 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Participate in a study on Healthy, Efficient new homes

Healthy Efficient New California Homes – Pilot Study
Study participants wanted. Receive up to $560.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks volunteers who will make their home available for a three-week research study. The pilot study will occur in July…


Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on June 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

Look at this link. we all know that few systems can tolerate any more resistance created by smart vents or even partial closing of registers. LBL's paper on closing off vents to save energy, roundly…


Added by Colin Genge on June 3, 2015 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Energy bills up? There may be humans in your building

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog --

As you read this blog post, what room are you in? How’s the lighting? How’s the temperature? Do you control their levels — or is someone else, somewhere else, running the show? 

About 40% of energy use in the U.S. is consumed in…


Added by Lester Shen on June 3, 2015 at 7:04am — 6 Comments

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a research study on new homes in California. We invite you to participate in this survey if you live in a: 

  • House or townhouse or duplex,
  • AND if your home was built in 2002 or…

Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on May 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Options for Energy Efficient Carports and Garages

Your garage can be one of the biggest energy drains in your home. Even though you may only spend a few minutes a day there, the amount of energy consumed at certain times of the day can be much higher than other rooms inside your home. Car ports use much less energy than a conventional garage for several reasons, some of which may surprise…


Added by Tim Cohen on May 28, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 27, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


A duct cleaning in kanata is one of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality. When your furnace pushes heat through your ducts, many contaminants, including: dirt, hair, fur, dander, and mold spores are pushed into your ducts and then into your air. duct…


Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 27, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

How Homeowners Can Keep Electricity Costs Down in Summer Months

For many people, as summer temps begin to rise, so does the cost of their monthly electricity bill.

Unfortunately, while there is nothing that can be done to keep the warm summer temperatures at bay, there are several tips and tricks to consider in order to keep your electric costs low. Keep…


Added by Shawn Weeks on May 26, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

5 Home Energy Savings for Homeowners

Home energy savings are very important when you have a new year’s resolution which is saving your money because you do not have to look far to spend less. Meanwhile, the parties, travel and presents of the holiday season can spend you a lot of money. You have to consider that, after your mortgage, the biggest expense of homeowner is utilities. You can save your money by making small enhancements to your home and of course you will be helped to conserve home energy and beyond. These are the…


Added by Deman PT on May 26, 2015 at 4:52am — No Comments

Energy-Saving Features Now Commonplace in Most New Homes

As a modern homebuyer, you have more opportunities than ever to lower your carbon footprint and to get a home that is energy-efficient and less expensive to run. Today's homebuilders have numerous tools at their disposal for creating sustainable, green homes without adding significantly to the cost. "Look for a homebuilder that prominently displays the homes’ energy-saving features so that you can be sure they are committed to building in such a way," warns Darren Patton of…


Added by Tim Cohen on May 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Some Useful Information about Furnace Air Filters

There is not much we can do about the air pollution outside of a house in Ottawa, Canada, but we can do something about the air pollution in your home, emanating from your furnace and air conditioning systems. It does not matter if you live in Montreal, Gatineau Canada, Mississauga or the GTA, has you covered to help you breathe clean air, wild paying less at wholesale prices.

If you are looking for…


Added by Ottawa Furnace Filters on May 21, 2015 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

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