Rick and Joann Sandoval live in a green Ferrari – a souped-up, high-performance home loaded with energy-sipping systems and green-home features. But when it came time to refinance their house and capture value from those items, the Sandovals were going nowhere…Continue
Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.
One result is that energy…Continue
Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.
Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…Continue
Here are some warnings about portable air conditioners to help you to be aware of their low energy efficiency rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. If you already have a portable air conditioner or if a portable air conditioners your only option to get some cooling,…Continue
We hope you can join EnergyLogic for the one of the best conferences available for home energy professionals - RaterFest! This year's retreat includes a great lineup of presenters, including Mark LaLiberte and Sam Rashkin (along with 12 other industry leaders). In addition to some truly incredible presentations, you will get to network with fellow energy professionals, enjoy delicious meals made from organic/local ingredients, and have one-on-one time with industry experts...all in the…Continue
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The LED light bulbs are versatile lights gadgets made to offer a more extended and cost efficient lighting answer. An LED gentle bulb is made for outside in addition to indoor spaces. it's possible to retailer a lot of LED light bulbs to achieve a top depth lights solution. LED light bulbs are frequently obtainable via online companies' in addition to native retail retail outlets. the very best LED mild bulbs are white in color and designed specifically for houses and places of work. The…Continue
Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,…Continue
Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by …Continue
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My friends in energy efficiency have been patiently waiting for granite to fall out of favor as the sexiest way to improve your home, and add value when you…Continue
It's State of the Union time, and another union worth looking at is the state of value for high performance homes (HPH). The image below shows how value comes…Continue
A group of industry visionaries has set out to make the home-buying process as simple as buying a latte! It's an inspired vision of simplicity and data-sharing all built around the consumer. Latte Vision Video
According to their website, Inman News is the leading source of independent real estate news, information, advice,…Continue
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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