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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

Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on October 6, 2015 at 5:11am — No Comments

5 Appliances that will Save You Money and Energy

In today’s day and age, it is not enough to simply talk about renewable energy or praise the initiatives that have been stemming up to establish solar power or wind power as suitable alternatives. We must help by coming up with ways to encourage energy conservation in buildings and energy efficient buildings in India.

We can do this by identifying several areas in which we can reduce our energy…

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Added by Daina Martin on October 5, 2015 at 5:58am — 1 Comment

Providers, Start Counting Your Quarters!

There has been much deliberation over RESNET’s Quality Assurance (QA) requirements over the last few years, specifically the frequency of QA on raters. In 2014, RESNET announced a big change that went into effect on June 1st, 2015.

1% and 10% QA are still required for each rater based on annual volume – no changes here. What has changed involves... 

Read more of this story on the EnergyLogic…

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Added by EnergyLogic Academy on October 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Top 6 Energy Efficient Brands for Gas Furnace and Boiler

Everyone wants to install the best brands of HVAC. Following are the top 6 energy efficient brands you may want to know about, before you contact a heating contractor.

  1. Amana

Gas furnaces can be termed as efficient, only if their annual utilization is a minimum of 78 rating. But modern furnaces like…

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Added by SmithWatson on October 1, 2015 at 12:01am — 4 Comments

Broad stakeholder engagement enriches complex energy planning in Minnesota

From Megan Hoye, CEE engagement coordinator:

Across CEE’s programs, services, and policy work is an ongoing commitment to enrich the energy community through direct knowledge-sharing, tool development, and innovative engagement. In addition to sharing our own program learning and research findings, we engage energy and community development experts to ensure our region continues to put its best energy foot forward. In turn, two weeks ago, CEE facilitated a…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on September 29, 2015 at 1:13pm — No Comments

It's not rocket science... Or is it?

From Helen Booth-Tobin, CEE policy and communications specialist:

Of course intelligence comes in many forms and no single field holds the market. Still, there is a certain positive association between rocket science and smarts — and as a research-driven organization, we took the opportunity to explore that association a bit, with a couple willing test subjects in our own staff. (Originally posted at…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on September 24, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

The NASCSP Landscape

That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held it’s annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs through training and advocacy in Washington D.C.

I’ve been to several of these conferences over the 15 years I have worked at Home Energy. There are always changes, but this year I noticed a big change. A lot of the leadership that shepherded WAP through the ARRA…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Air Sealing and Insulation Joins the Cost Versus Value Study

It’s really nice when hard work pays off.

As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

What is a Green Building Rating System?

As the demands for Green Buildings increase, so does the demand for comprehensive rating systems that define exactly what a Green Building is. While it may seem like having a rating system for Green Buildings would confine Green Building and discourage innovation, this is not the case. Many different Green Building rating systems that are currently in place encourage innovation and builders who incorporate particularly innovative aspects into their Green Building can earn extra points and…

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Added by GBRI on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

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