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    Building Resilient to Withstand Hurricanes

“Concrete homes and safe rooms are a proven way to keep people safe during a high wind storm,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. “These resilient buildings not only provide safety, but peace of mind when the next…

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Added by Karen Eppright on April 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Increasing Home Value Through Energy Upgrades

It turns out that one of the most valuable remodeling options is one you can’t see. That’s the conclusion of the recent Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, which compares the average cost for popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale value in 100 different U.S. markets. For…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Energy Fit: Engaging Consumer Experiences That Lead to Better Energy Habits

Fitness wearables inspire people to change; to exercise more in order to meet their daily goals. These sophisticated gadgets gather previously untapped data about our everyday lives to give us a better understanding of ourselves – otherwise known as the “quantified self.”

Like fitness wearables, exposing how we’re using energy can unlock our collective potential to reduce our electricity bills and our…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Your Garage is Worth At Least $55,000: Burgeoning Possibilities to Add Valuable Space to Your Home

Originally published on March 30, 2016 on RMI Outlet.

By Douglas Miller & Jon Walker of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)…

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Added by Douglas Miller on March 30, 2016 at 1:17pm — No Comments

The HOLE TRUTH about U.S. Buildings

A new survey conducted by the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) revealed a long hidden secret about commercial buildings in the U.S. today - they leak. And not…

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Added by Brad Brenner on March 29, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments

Best HVAC Equipment for an Energy Efficient Homes

Most consumers have no idea that up to 50% of the energy used in a typical home is used for heating and cooling.



So it goes without saying that choosing energy efficient HVAC equipment can have a significant impact on yearly energy costs, as well as your comfort level.



If your home has 10 - 15 year old HVAC system, you may want to consider replacing it with an energy efficient system rated by Energy Star. You can save hundreds of dollars per year.



There are many…

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Added by Simply Better Air on March 28, 2016 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Living in the Age of Jetsons (minus flying cars)

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/

In the early 1960s, "The Jetsons" treated TV audiences to a cartoon future filled with jetpacks, flying cars, and helpful robot maids named Rosie... Swap Rosie for Alexa, and 50 years later we're edging closer and closer to realizing that colorful vision…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 28, 2016 at 8:45am — No Comments

How to Make a Flood Damage Recovery Check List

In any emergency like water damage if occurs in your home then what should be your first step towards that damage and that would be the most difficult to remember what to do next.…

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Added by Anna on March 25, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Building Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Rainwater harvesting is a system which requires a two-step process. The two major events in rainwater harvesting are catchment and storage. The first hurdle is developing an adequate method of collection. Once the rain is collected, a proper and large storage system is required. The complexity and size can vary dramatically. The simplest methods involve the rerouting of gutters into an above ground rain barrel up to a complex system of catchment dishes, filters, pumps, ponds and…

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Added by GBRI on March 24, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Addison Homes Wins Bridge Award for Green Building

Addison Homes won the Southern Home & Garden Bridge Award for Green Building for the third consecutive year.

Produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville and the Sales & Marketing…

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Added by Michelle Usher on March 23, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Better Buildings Accelerators: Driving Uptake of Home Energy Information and Upgrade Programs Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program and Home Energy Information Accelerators work with partners across the nation and are making important progress in lowering the costs of energy upgrade programs, while improving overall program effectiveness and enhancing access to information on home energy performance for consumers. These efforts help…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 17, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

Best 10 Solar Companies In India

It is completely and cheerfully sunny in India this year. Much to the delight of the Energy Developers in the country, large costs are cut down and are instead replaced with life-enhancing profit rates. By 2022, a predicted US$100 billion of investment and 100 GW of will have been clearly set out in the most-awaited ranks.

Thanks to India’s geographical setting, the blooms out like magnificent rows of sunflowers plotted along India’s country roads. Since curiosities get to be awakened…

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Added by Vivek Malhotra on March 17, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments

Free Electricity

A curious situation has recently arisen in electricity grids around the world: The wholesale price of electricity has occasionally gone negative. This means that the market will pay customers to use electricity. The grid in Texas experienced negative prices last September. Soon afterward, a Texan retail electricity provider—not to be confused with a utility—began offering residential…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 10, 2016 at 8:29pm — No Comments

SEI Copper Wall-mountable Gel Fuel Fireplace

After thinking so much about a Christmas gift for a friend of mine, I remembered he had just moved to a colder city and had…

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Added by Ajmain Azraf on March 10, 2016 at 1:54am — No Comments

Join us in Supporting Energy Costs Transparency!

 

FHFA is seeking our advice now through March 17.  

Please participate by submitting your comments!

 

GOAL:  That disclosure of home energy costs (at time of sale or rent) be federally mandated.

 

The “Duty to Serve” rule is a new opportunity, A NEW WAY IN, an alternate route separate from the SAVE Act (still being considered in the senate) to accomplish energy cost transparency. It’s new but we have a short window of…

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Added by Debra Little on March 9, 2016 at 9:21pm — No Comments

How to save energy when we use embroidery machine

Adding an embroidery machine makes your home or business lovelier and provides the user with limitless opportunity of making very many designs on clothes, covers, and other fabrics. However, it is important to learn crucial tips for faster, easier, efficient and fun use of the machine. Besides, you choose a best embroidery machine. Here are some useful tips on saving energy when using embroidery machine.…

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Added by Eric Johnson on March 9, 2016 at 4:59am — No Comments

I have a lightly used FLIR i5 Infra Red Camera For Sale.  Asking $695.  Just like the one selling in link below for $1585.  Email easyenergysavings@gmail.com for pictures or call Andy Courts at 336-4…

I have a lightly used FLIR i5 Infra Red Camera For Sale.  Asking $695.  Just like the one selling in link below for $1585.  Email easyenergysavings@gmail.com for pictures or call Andy Courts at 336-402-4118 for more information.

  • Temperature range: -4°F to 482°F (-20°C to 250°C)

  • 100 x 100 IR…

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Added by Andrew J. Courts, Jr. on March 3, 2016 at 7:06pm — No Comments

The Benefits of Micro Inverters

In the solar world, one of the big debates is the whole string inverter vs. micro inverter issue. Solar inverters are the devices that convert DC power being produced by the solar panel into AC power. The debate lies in which type of inverter is better, string or micro, which both have unique functions and compatibility.



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The Types of Inverters



Inverters are the element of the solar system that converts DC power into AC power to be sent to the grid. There… Continue

Added by Brooks Venters on March 1, 2016 at 10:05am — No Comments

Who among us tracks the accuracy of Manual J?

Who among us tracks the accuracy of Manual J?

I have hour meters on maybe 20 systems now.    I like to see the run time when it's "4" degrees in Kansas City.  99% rate in KC is +4' degrees.  My goal at 4' is 100% run time.   I have a super sealed home 2,100 square feet  with a 2 ton ground type heat pump R-30 walls, R-60 attic, R-8 windows & doors with 98% run time @ "+ 4' ".  When the strip heat turned on, it smelled up the home with the dirt  off the 5 KW strip, heat…

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Added by Eric Kjelshus on February 27, 2016 at 8:06pm — 4 Comments

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