“I don’t know” or “probably not” are the most common responses I hear to the question, “is your home efficient?” As Chris Mooney recently wrote in the Washington Post, “few of us have a clue how much electricity we’re using in our homes.” Most of us don’t know if our energy use is high or low, and as a result, we…Continue
Added by Keith Burrows on September 22, 2016 at 8:03am — No Comments
As global concern about energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of non-renewable resources continues to rise, more and more consumers are exploring ways to reduce their home’s energy usage. At the forefront of this conversation is the zero energy home movement.
As early adopters of energy efficiency policies and the zero energy movement, Connecticut developed the …Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 19, 2016 at 4:10pm — No Comments
Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Making it Super Air Tight!
The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is....
At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we have found the ventilated attic to be THE most effective.…Continue
As with other client businesses, when it comes to making it as a contractor, professionalism is everything. Rightly or wrongly, as a contractor, clients will judge you not just on the quality of your work but on the overall impression you leave with them.
Fortunately, some simple changes can make a big difference in how clients view you and improve your bottom line.
Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 13, 2016 at 8:13pm — No Comments
After receiving a tip from a West Pullman neighbor, Diana Story enrolled in the energy efficiency program made available through the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP). Elevate Energy conducted an assessment of her 55 year-old home and found the typical efficiency needs—airsealing and insulation in the attic, basement, and perimeter walls. The assessment also…Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on September 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Yesterday I showed a home that was a complete remodel with added square footage. The original house was 775 sq ft., stick built in 1946, with maybe a 6" crawl space. The owner added 1000 sq ft to the main house and built a separate finished "workshop" on a separate HVAC system.
Walking around the side of the house, I saw an HVAC system twice the normal width with a faded sticker. It was a Goodman but that's all I could tell from the outside. No idea how old it was but the…Continue
First off, I am not an Energy Auditor and don't hold those certifications or experience. I am a realtor with 2 green designations that assist my clients, both buyers and sellers, with energy efficient upgrades. It is my job to be able to convey my unique knowlege to help them lower their energy bills, improve indoor…Continue
We love talking Zero Energy Ready Homes -- with clients AND industry colleagues! So we were happy to oblige when the National Association of Home Builders asked us to outline lessons we've learned whilst building ultra-efficient homes, so fellow builders could learn from our experience. Our guest blog on NAHB Now, “…Continue
Added by Diane Jackson on September 2, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments
I think our universities need to offer a new degree: Bachelor of Science in Homebuilding.
Employment and education in America has changed a lot in the last generation. A high school education used to…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 7, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments
Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems: An in depth look into their effectiveness, installation & added benefits.
Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado
Everyone knows that heating a pool can be a very expensive operation. That is why so many have moved towards sustainable technologies like solar energy. For most, when thinking of solar energy an image of large solar…Continue
Added by Max DesMarais on August 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation…Continue
I just played the recent Game of Homes scenario, "Budget Constraints". Check it out and let me know what you think?
Added by Sarah Holloway on August 10, 2016 at 3:09pm — No Comments
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 …Continue
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…Continue
Added by Linda Lidov on August 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Until Aug. 13, many prospective home buyers in Utah were touring new homes during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and pondering which might be best for them. One important question many were asking is, “What would my energy bills be in this new home versus that one?”
Luckily, when shopping for a new home, Utah consumers can now check energy ratings…Continue
I think yes.
During the past 6-7 years, I have investigated on-demand pumps (IAPMO certified). I gathered large amounts of wasted water, energy and time data—with these pumps installed (and without) from homeowners all over the USA. I have written…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 15, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments
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…Continue
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.…Continue
Since 1995, Building America Program experts have developed more than 100 innovations that…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 18, 2016 at 2:35pm — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments