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Are Realtors doing enough for “Future Generations?”

This time two weeks ago I was in Anaheim, California, at the National Association of Realtors’ Annual Conference, themed “Seize the Day“.

I am still struck by the bigness of it all. Not just the sheer numbers (over 20,000 of us!), but by the strength of the passion and the vision.  Yet I am still wondering, are we delivering what future generations of home owners need…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on November 28, 2011 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Solar Power Panel and the Pergola

Getting the Most out of Your Pergola, Think Solar Power Panel

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Sitting in a meeting the other day, I was listening to a discussion on where to put half-a-million dollars worth of solar power panels. The discussion considered placing panels on roofs, on picnic shelters, and carports - it's not easy trying to find a place for a bunch of solar panels. After all, there are things to keep…

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Added by Don Ames on November 27, 2011 at 10:20am — 2 Comments

Another Week of Awesome AC Training

Another week ahead with the master HVAC installer and trainer - Rick Chitwood.

This is no ordinary course room.* This is the house about to be retrofitted. We just got through the day of reasoning on the background as to why we install AC in…

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Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 22, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Why free energy perpetual motion devices don't work

The following appeared on my blog Mapawatt and is in response to the "free energy plans" that have infiltrated Google and Facebook advertisements. I'm afraid a large number of people get suckered into buying these and are left with junk.

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It still amazes me that with all our posts dedicated to trying to help homeowners save energy, our most popular posts are on free energy scams (mainly…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on November 25, 2011 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Homeowners Becoming More Aware of Pending Lighting Changes

Consumers will soon face new decisions when purchasing light bulbs, and many don't even know it yet. Beginning January 1, 2012, lighting manufacturers will no longer be producing the popular 100-watt incandescent light bulb. For professionals in the energy efficiency industry, this has been common knowledge since the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Although many consumers have been slow to understand the pending changes, awareness is trending upward, according to…

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Added by Adam Flowers on November 22, 2011 at 5:59pm — No Comments

NAR Study: Homebuyers Consistently Seek Efficiency

The National Association of Realtors’ annual Profile of Home Buyers/Sellers is out.  The 2011 results are impressive not because of anything new, but because of consistent results about homebuyer interest in…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on November 21, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Super Efficient HVAC is Easy

Attending a week long class where veteran trainer Rick Chitwood is moderator has been entertaining and joyful. In the class which is inside a house that is being retrofit completely we are now designing and installing a super efficient HVAC system.…



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Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 17, 2011 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

What's Wrong with This Garage Door Insulation?

by Don Ames

If you don't want to read the whole article, at least go to the bottom of the page and watch the screen cast. Take a look at some real effective garage door insulation. No, I didn't make this up.…

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Added by Don Ames on November 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Energy Myths

 

I am NOT a blogger and this is my first post (could be my last).

A very good friemd mine who lives in Chicago has an "urban Rehabber program" wher he teaches newbies and thse with little experience on how to become more profitable in the Rehab sector. As an Energy advocate archiect, I get his posts.

Here is one about MYTHS I thought some of you may be interested in (Just the messenger not the author)



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Added by Barry NewDelman on November 19, 2011 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Weatherization works: Recent reports are way off base

By Guest Blogger Stephen L. Cowell

A recent article in Newsweek, “Obama’s Big Green Mess,”describes what can happen when contractors are “unfamiliar with the nuances of specialized weatherization work.”  The fact is, installing furnaces that exhaust poisonous fumes, putting in…

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Added by Elisa Wood on November 11, 2011 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

Jumping the Hurdles to a Green MLS

Sean Smith was the man in the middle. – a key figure with a foot in both worlds of business and “green.” 

 

A high-end general contractor, he built two LEED-certified homes in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver in 2009.  At an educational session he hosted there, the U.S. Green Building Council approached him to serve on a committee.  “If you’re doing big-picture things, I’m all over it,” he told them.

 

At a subsequent meeting at the Governor’s Energy…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on November 10, 2011 at 8:49am — 6 Comments

Efficiency - What's missing, maybe?

What can we learn and use from world class organizations, and how they got there? How does this apply to energy efficiency rating and auditing?

The bottom line: They produced and sold what the customer actually wanted and was willing to pay for. There are a lot of other things they did, but all complexities funneled back into the purpose of delivering something…

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Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 9, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Recycling is not just for Cans

Earlier this year I was asked to replace a leaking roof on a Patio of an Investment Property. The job consisted of removing the existing Mound City Clay Roof Tiles from the Porch Roof and replacing with Certain Teed 3 Tab-Shingles (…

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Added by scottscontracting on November 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Information about German technologies for home construction

Das Haus is a traveling pavilion, a North American tour and an ongoing international dialogue about advanced technologies for home construction and solar energy use. The purpose – to share German innovations that have achieved sustainable construction and operational energy…

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Added by Guido Schuler on October 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Maryland Home Performance Shines

My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!)

"The Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star website is friendly, functional, and full of great information.  I was first introduced to MDHomePerfromance.org by my brother who is editor of Home Energy Magazine.   He…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

All I Know About Home Performance I Learned from a Happy Meal

There's one thing that keeps me from my favorite fast-food indulgence, the Junior Whopper with Cheese.  It's called the Happy Meal.  My kids insist on them.  And our meals are indeed happier if I forgo my trip to Burger King so we can snag Happy Meals at McDonald's instead.

How does this relate to Home Performance?

A big focus among home performance professionals at the moment is driving demand.  To do that…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Retrofit Job

I love to hear from homeowners on the internet, although it's not always a homeowner from a publication that had work done on the subject of their publication. I always learn something about the homeowners expectations, grievances and the message they want to send about the company. People who share ideas are genius, people who share accomplishments are smart, and people who talk about people are ignorant.

Because this is relatively a new field for a lot of people I'm prone to remind…

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Added by Chris J Folse on October 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Energy Education and the Consumer

Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

behavior choices

Two homes…

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Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Home Energy Pros turns one!



When my first kid turned one, he was barely walking.

When Home Energy Pros turned one it was galloping.

We’re off to a wildly…

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Added by Evan Mills on November 1, 2011 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Advice from a Homeowner

Working at Home Energy would seem to have prepared me for having an energy efficiency retrofit done on my own home, at least to ask all the right questions.  But Murphy’s Law intruded nevertheless, and you may learn from my experience.  We live in the SF Bay Area in a 970-sq ft wood-framed stucco single-family home on one floor over a basement and garage, no air conditioning, with central heat.  Our goal for the audit was to improve comfort, as hot days were hotter inside the house,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 20, 2011 at 11:37am — 10 Comments

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