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Added by Hannah Finch on August 11, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

The latest Game of Homes scenario.

I just played the recent Game of Homes scenario, "Budget Constraints". Check it out and let me know what you think? 

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Added by Sarah Holloway on August 10, 2016 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on August 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — 1 Comment

Decoupling pairs top-notch utility service with energy savings

From Mike Bull, Director of Policy and Communications:

For some time, energy utilities in Minnesota and elsewhere have been evolving to keep pace with customer expectations and increased targets for energy savings and renewable energy. And as utilities continue to seek the right balance between energy efficiency and a robust infrastructure, traditional business models for cost recovery are increasingly challenging and may no longer fit…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on August 9, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

4 Factors that determine selection of energy service provider!

In today’s commercialized market, there are umpteen numbers of service providers who are there to lure customers on the basis of tariffs, schemes, discounts and services. But, it is totally up to the customer to choose and get the best deal out of everyone.

Amidst so many service providers, it becomes tough for the customers to make a decision while choosing a specific service provider. Usually, price to be paid for the services is only considered the sole reason that can determine…

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Added by Daina Martin on August 9, 2016 at 2:13am — No Comments

Chicago Winter No Match for Retrofitted Logan Square Building

In 2013, building owner Josh Miller worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of utility bills in his two-story building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the overall comfort of the units.

After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on August 5, 2016 at 8:44am — 2 Comments

Game of Homes, EnergyLogic's edutainment-based training alternative, gets a boost from Owens Corning

EnergyLogic has teamed up with Owens Corning as a flagship sponsor of Game of Homes, EnergyLogic’s new, free training platform for home performance professionals. In case you haven't heard about it yet... pros involved in making homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy can play Game of Homes to earn CEUs, which they can apply toward…

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Added by Linda Lidov on August 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Industry and Efficiency Proponents Agree on Big Efficiency Gains for Pool Pumps

Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved July 29 by a U.S.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 2, 2016 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

Zonal Pressure Puzzle

I have a wonderful little (16 x 14 x 8) test cabin at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.  There are 3 'rooms', one of which stands in as the bathroom.  It has a bath fan in the ceiling and a small, hopper window.  When I depressurize the house to 50 Pascals, the pressure between the bathroom and the main body of the cabin is just 4.3 Pascals.  When I stand in the bathroom with the door closed, air is pouring in through the bathroom fan, there is enough flow to make the fan rotate…

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Added by Paul Raymer on July 28, 2016 at 2:05pm — 8 Comments

Play Game of Homes, by EnergyLogic, Inc.

I'd like to introduce everyone to Game of Homes, our cutting edge scenario based training tool targeted to Home Energy Professionals Nationally. It's free to play and it's a great way to acquire additional RESNET/BPI CEU’s.

 

Check it out and let me know what you think?  …

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Added by Sarah Holloway on July 28, 2016 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Innovations for Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling of indoor spaces is one of the major operations of modern households and business premises. While traditional systems are still very much in use, technology has brought new and more efficient approaches.

All conventional systems need occasional maintenance. Tune-ups include the manual checking of functionality and fixing of worn out wiring and dysfunctional components. However, automatic sensors can now be employed to do the job, making your work a lot…

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Added by Dan McKee on July 28, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Home Energy Pros at 5 and 5000

Over the past five years, the Home Energy Pros social network has grown from a twinkle in our eyes to a vibrant community of 5000 doers and shakers in the home performance world. The membership represents a rich cross-section of participants in the home energy performance movement, including:

  • Energy auditors
  • Building contractors
  • Insulation contractors
  • HVAC contractors
  • Home inspectors
  • Appraisers
  • Real Estate…
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Added by Evan Mills on July 25, 2016 at 10:34am — No Comments

Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

Wrong question. The right question is what can we do to help builders design and construct more perfect walls without losing their shirts? At Building America, we have an idea for a tool to do this.

Since 1995, Building America Program experts have developed more than 100 innovations that…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 18, 2016 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

Those of us working within the building industry or energy efficiency space in existing homes know that boosting insulation levels can reduce energy use, cut consumer costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, there’s been a modest amount of data to quantify the extent of the benefits—particularly at the state level. Until now.

New …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 18, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Keep Energy Consumption at Minimum Level through Mazda CX9 Interior

Mazda produces CX9 to fill the gap between crossover and SUV segment. Today, people pick crossover for their vehicle because it is lighter and has many benefits than full-size SUV. However, there are some SUV capabilities that can be obtained in crossover. For that reason, manufacturer combines benefits of both sides then put them into one car. In Mazda CX9 interior, several upgrades make this car digital and more effective to handle.

Mazda CX9 Interior and Engine

Before…

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Added by Deman PT on July 15, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

Time is Running Out to Register for EEBA Local in Phoenix!

Tomorrow is the last day to register at the Early Bird rate for the EEBA Local mini-conference event in Phoenix. This event will feature a full day "Water Efficiency for Designers & Builders" session with Gary Klein on July 28th, and a mini-conference July 29th focused on building science for hot, dry climates (I understand the weather will be cooperative).

Come for one day or both...lots of excellent information and in depth building science mysteries will be solved....earn CEUs…

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Added by Susan E. Buchan on July 14, 2016 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

Low-Flow Shower Heads Save Water

Just about everyone enjoys a nice long hot shower. It does come with some cost for the water and don’t forget the associated cost to heat the water. The ideal situation is to apply the water only toward the person and avoid as much as waste as possible. Current federal standards require that shower heads deliver no more than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute). Except for older homes that have not been renovated, most homes are already equipped with shower…

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Added by Helen Best on July 1, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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Seeking Innovation in Roofing Systems

Posted by Sarah OConnell on May 12, 2017 at 9:47am 0 Comments

Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with GAF to host a technology challenge on roofing systems.  The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, JUMP, and aims to identify innovation solutions for ensuring energy efficient and durable…

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Top tips for maintaining an evaporative cooler

Posted by Kobus Niemand on May 4, 2017 at 3:30am 0 Comments

Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers have become a top choice for anyone looking for an alternative cooling solution from their home or office. In the past, evap cooler technology was limited for use in large operations that have easy…

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Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

Posted by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:56am 0 Comments

The Ryerson University and University of Toronto team topped the …

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Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

Posted by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:50am 5 Comments

A new type of conversation between REALTORS® and their clients is changing the real estate industry before our eyes. As homebuyers browse Zillow listings and spend…

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