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When You Help the Environment, Make Sure You're Helping Yourself!

Being environmentally conscious is important, but watching your personal health at the same time should go hand in hand. I often see people partaking in forms of environmental activism (public demonstrations, certain diets, abstaining from brands or products that harm the environment) without properly making an effort to take care of themselves in the process. Some of the things they sacrifice do provide things that are good for you, and when cutting out certain habits or…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on December 17, 2015 at 2:58pm — No Comments

How to lower your electricity bill with power tools?

As you may know that the power tools are very necessary for every family in order to do house work. However, sometimes, it costs us a lot of money to pay for energy bill every month. Based on my experiences, one of the most important factor to save power cost is choosing the right units which fits to our…

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Added by Eric Johnson on December 17, 2015 at 7:03am — No Comments

‘Upstate Under Construction’ Profiles Zero Energy Ready Home with Healthy Indoor Air

Addison Homes made the Winter edition of “Upstate Under Construction,” a GSA Business feature that spotlights development across the Upstate South Carolina region.

This brick-and-stone traditional…

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Added by Diane Jackson on December 16, 2015 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Energy Management System: Strategies and Benefits

Reducing and managing energy consumption saves money, and at the same time helps in checking climate change and strengthen corporate reputation. The main aim of an energy management system is to maintain optimum energy utilization throughout the organisation. This helps in lowering energy costs and mitigating the effects on the environment. In order to reduce power consumption, you can hire companies that provide energy management…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 16, 2015 at 1:14am — 1 Comment

The Real Women of Home Performance: Marge Anderson

Marge Anderson is the Executive Vice President of Seventhwave, a non-profit that advances environmental and economic sustainability. Her passions include empowering practitioners through education, scaling energy efficiency, and making sustainability real for the under-served.

Macie Melendez: How did you get started in the home performance industry?

Marge…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 8, 2015 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

The Future of Sustainable Business is Transparent

The idea of business transparency might seem antithetical to success and may frighten some companies. But collaborative efforts across businesses and sectors have shown that the triple-bottom-line benefits of transparency far outweigh the perceived risks. In fact, as more consumers demand proof that the products they buy fulfill the promise of the label, transparency is becoming a key differentiator that sets…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 8, 2015 at 7:42am — 1 Comment

Certified HERS Raters Needed in NC

The North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) worked with the Energy and Environmental Assistance Office of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) to collect and analyze data on the impact of energy-efficient, high-performance home and building projects across NC.

Ryan Miller, the NCBPA founder and executive director, indicated that he wanted to collect this data to back up NC’s reputation as a top five state for energy efficiency and home…

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Added by Everblue Training on December 8, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Constructive Air Cooled Heat Exchanger Fans

To reduce the hot air circulation, air cooled heat exchanger devices are ideal. Air cooled heat exchanger fans are also called Fin Fan Heat Exchangers and are mostly used where the desired outlet temperature is attained by giving the maximum ambient temperature. This device is essential for reusing heat from a fluid or gas in a straight line to ambient air. The ongoing cost of the air cooled heat exchangers is relatively very low. These are very useful in cases where…

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Added by miguel pace on December 8, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Consider the Environment Before Building a New Home

In today’s society, a key concern is clean, renewable energy and being energy efficient. This expands to many facets of life as we learn the dangerous effects of greenhouse gases and harmful emissions. Although it’s common to think of emissions via vehicles and factories, your home is no different. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of these same energy considerations when you’re ready to build your new home.

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Added by Tim Cohen on December 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

No Solar Panels only a Solar Roof

Modular Lifestyles is innovating Factory Built Modular homes to be Net Zero reducing the on site contractors to promote sustainability. We are perfecting to achieve Net Zero operation using a controlled factory environment to build affordable green homes for less money than site built. It is a proven way to duplicate zero operating cost homes using proven results in a consistent building envelope manner in most climates.…

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Added by Steven Lefler on December 4, 2015 at 10:48am — 5 Comments

A Green Home for the Holidays

The holidays are here, which means house parties and guests galore, not to mention the aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, grandchildren, and hosts of cousins who flock across the country to visit their respective relatives. If you are lucky enough to have a houseful of guests then there are steps you should take to make sure your home is in tip-top shape aesthetically, functionally, and most of all, environmentally. With more companies…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on November 30, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

9 Tips To Get Your Furnace Winter Ready

A well heated, cozy home is what makes the day better when the winter comes in full fledged. So, it is absolutely essential that you make sure that your furnace is working well and working strong when winter rolls in.

Here are the 9 tips that will ensure that your furnace is working…

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Added by Dan McKee on November 27, 2015 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.

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This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Personal Review on SEI Contemporary Wall Mount Gel Fuel Fireplace

This is such a contemporary piece. It is very amazing indeed. For me this is my newest and greatest ever mood-setter for a wonderful conversation with family and friends. Countless are the times I have just sat around it with my friends to pass time over red wine. I am really grateful to my best friend for having found out about this spectacular…

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Added by Ajmain Azraf on November 23, 2015 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Top 6 things to watch out for when building a new home and how builders are still cutting corners with energy efficiency

Even though it seems like all the new home builders are touting how energy efficient their homes are, there are still major problems and misleading information given in terms of the energy efficiency of the homes.  Here are ways a home builder can make it seem like you are getting a good deal but in reality you are simply being mislead.



1. A low HERS Score touted.

A HERS Score standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured.…

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Added by David Byrnes on November 23, 2015 at 7:07am — 3 Comments

All that You Need to Know About Carbon Air Filters

Furnace filters work to expel cruel polluting influences from your indoor air supply. These substances incorporate outside particulates and undesirable airborne pathogens. While there is an extensive variety of air filters with different scopes of filtration limit, generally these filters just uproot contaminants at a particulate level.

This implies undesirable…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 19, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

My Fall Into The Smart Home, Lazy Life

Last year I moved into a house that needed some work. So far I’ve replaced the foundation, installed seismic upgrades, added central heat, repainted, and much more. (Anybody know a good fireplace guy?)

Along the way, I’ve been slowly upgrading to smart home technology. I ripped out my old, broken doorbell and added Ring, which detects when people are at my door and sends a video notification to my phone.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 18, 2015 at 8:51am — 2 Comments

How to Get Started Working as a Full-Time Energy Auditor

It is not often clear the path a BPI-certified energy auditor should take, or where exactly the opportunities lie… to buffer existing business, as side work, to work as a full-time energy auditor, or to go out on your own, the opportunities are vast and diverse. Oftentimes we get our energy auditor certification as a kind of back-up plan or to aid a struggling business. Or maybe you attended BPI training as…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 18, 2015 at 8:50am — No Comments

Green Real Estate Agents Help "Power" Veterans Through Solar in Habitat for Humanity Homes

Andy Nelson is the CEO and president of San Diego-based Willis Allen Real Estate. Joining the firm in 1977 as the youngest team member, Nelson drew on his leadership experience and training as a former naval officer to implement his innovative ideas and became CEO four years later. Nelson continues to grow the business by researching new high-end…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 11, 2015 at 9:35am — No Comments

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

Mina Agarabi is the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Agarabi Engineering PLLC, a consulting firm focused on operations and maintenance and energy efficiency. Prior to establishing her firm, she conducted light commercial and residential energy assessments and oversaw the installation of numerous energy-efficiency projects at Association for Energy Affordability and Steven Winter Associates. Agarabi has several…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 11, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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