Denver, Nov. 1, 2012: GreenSpot Real Estate recently launched its “GreenSpot” eco-makeover program for existing-home listings, including a “window sticker” showing the property’s…Continue
"Ma'am, we've just tested your house and found your infiltration rate to be 16.7 ACH50, your R-values to be only 26% of the IECC…Continue
It was my first weatherization conference since becoming the editor of Home Energy. I remember sitting in the crowd listening to the opening speaker and being very inspired. We’re soldiers, I thought. Some of us are on the front lines—the weatherization workers—and some of us, like the staff at Home Energy, offer support from the safety of our offices in Berkeley. We are fighting for our nation’s energy security, and for the health of children and adults, and for the survival…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 17, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Working with my customers and friends that are home performance contractors we always seem to be seeking answers to questions such as:
What will make my business survive in the short term?
What does it mean to run a successful home performance business?
What can I do if my local utility rebates, tax credits, and programs change?
For the most part it is true that individuals and…Continue
Home maintenance helps systems operate at optimal efficiency and lower the chances of a problem. For most people their house is their most valuable investment. So why do we tend to forget home maintenance? It seems like even cars get more love despite the large price disparity compared to a house.
Playing a Game of Memory
There are so many events, tasks, and errands…Continue
Added by Tyler Golberg on September 17, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
There are excellent energy rebate programs going on all across the U.S. to make your home more energy efficient. No matter what state you live in, the majority of local electric utility distribution providers are offering financial incentives to homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home. What is available in your area is totally dependent upon which specific local distribution supplier that you have. Not everyone lives in an area where incentive programs are…Continue
Added by Dennis Cheslik on August 6, 2012 at 1:19pm — No Comments
Let's take a closer look at the Green Button and see if it is more than just an adult toy. According to Obama and other government supporters, the Green button is going viral. Ya, right, I don't believe it.
There has been several efforts in previous years to get power companies to "sign on" to programs that allow electric and gas customers to see how much energy they are using right there and then. The theory is that households that have energy usage data readily available will use…Continue
A lot of home builders and homeowners are getting certified home energy ratings to find out how efficient their homes are. There's also a lot of buzz about HERS ratings, with builders looking at them…Continue
DETROIT (WWJ) - Just ahead of the official start of summer (June 20), Metro Detroit is expecting a couple of days with near record-high temperatures.
“By dinner time Tuesday, 6 p.m., we’re still looking at 91 degrees in Metro Detroit with high humidity levels,” he said.
We have record heat coming for the next couple days around Metro Detroit. Air conditioners will be on full blast and people will be roasting in their 2nd story bedrooms at night.…Continue
Added by Adam Duke on June 21, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments
This year ACI held its largest ever national home performance conference in Baltimore, Md. It was the largest in the number of workshop sessions: over 195 sessions, in 25 thematic tracks; with the largest number of exhibitors (115) and sponsors (48).
The three themes stood out: a) keep it simple (from the homeowners perspective); b) there is no silver bullet; and c) HVAC is jumping into home performance, maybe not head first, but at least with both feet in a measured…Continue
Added by Tom White on April 18, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments
9 Steps to a More Energy Efficient Home and Lower Power Bills
How to reduce energy at home has gradually become a household desire as a result of high definition T.V.'s and homes the size of a castle. Throw in a struggling economy and the melt down of a nuclear plant and becoming more energy efficient seems like a great idea.
Our power bills rise as a result of increasing power costs and the need for more and more power to operate are power hungry homes and…Continue
In years past, the idea of the “passive house” was only a dream. In concept form, the passive house was one that minimized energy losses and operated at maximum energy efficiency. The result would be a home with little to no monthly energy expenses and a fraction of the environmental impact of most homes. Amazingly, the passive house is no longer just a dream; in fact, it’s become a reality. Several companies are able to build passive homes for everyday consumers, creating a huge shift in…Continue
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
I have been enjoying the advertisement on the radio that goes something like this, "If your home was built in the 1950's, why would you expect it to perform better than a T.V. built in the 1950's?"
The point is well taken if you are interested in energy conservation. Homes built in the 1950's do not perform…Continue
Added by Don Ames on March 10, 2012 at 8:15pm — No Comments
Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP) is currently sponsoring a building science training series. The most recent training took place in Normal, Illinois at Heartland Community College on Infrared technologies such as infrared cameras and images used to detect problem areas in buildings. Brian Kumer, owner of Thermal Imaging Services, was the instructor for this 8-hour course which consisted of both a classroom portion and a field portion.…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on February 24, 2012 at 8:36am — No Comments
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
Right now, it's more of a joke than a reality. For some reason, even with an iPhone or Tablet in our hands, we fail to realize the fact that someday, in the near future, we will all be living in a Smart Home. Yes, for a while, it will probably be like coming to terms with our first…Continue
Added by Don Ames on February 18, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
I have been spreading the news about a home energy monitoring system called FIDO by EcoDog Energy Monitoring. This is part three of a three article series. You may be interested in backtracking a little and checking out part one, 13 strong points to …Continue
Added by Don Ames on February 10, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments
I've made my living solely as a home energy pro since 2004, and I was building a high performance home for two years before that. For six of the past eight…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I interviewed architect Chris Laumer-Giddens, of Energy Vanguard, on the company's new integrated design-build / home-performance model last week. I'm reposting the interview here, with Chris's permission. -- Leah Thayer, daily5Remodel…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 31, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments