Our first-ever scorecard of US utilities, released today, reveals striking regional differences and the best— and worst — performers on energy efficiency. The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard looks at the performance of the 51 largest electricutilities in the United States and highlights cutting-edge efforts. Topping the list are Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid…Continue
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Cynthia Adams is the CEO of Pearl, a national home certification company, which certifies home features that contribute to its comfort, energy performance, and indoor air quality. As a third-party certification company, Pearl provides independent documentation for refinance or resale (think Carfax for homes).
Macie Melendez: How did you get started in the home performance…Continue
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Thousands of homes waste energy every day. Energy is wasted because there are small cracks and leaks in walls, doors, windows, and ceilings, which make…Continue
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The first-ever comprehensive national guide for utility-funded energy efficiency programs is now available to help utilities, regulators and other interested stakeholders make the best possible energy efficiency decisions for their jurisdictions.
The National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) presents a comprehensive framework and key principles for costeffectiveness assessment of energy efficiency…Continue
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A new type of conversation between REALTORS® and their clients is changing the real estate industry before our eyes. As homebuyers browse Zillow listings and spend their Sundays visiting open houses, their agents are educating them to evaluate not just curb appeal and square footage, but also utility bill costs, comfort, and health. And homebuyers are listening.
In fact, 56 percent of REALTORS® say that…Continue
A project long in the making, we're happy to finally reveal some of our Legends of Home Performance videos. We've been working with videographer Debra Little for almost a year now, and she's had the pleasure of sitting down and hearing the stories of several home performance industry heavy hitters.
"I've been shooting these at various conferences I've attended and it's been a thrill for me to hear [their] stories and be able to help make them accessible for folks to enjoy," says…Continue
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Jamie Peters is the Director of Client Solutions at EnergySavvy, a software company that aims to transform the way utilities interact with and serve their customers. Peters brings seven years of energy efficiency program experience to EnergySavvy, including launching…
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Quality installation of insulation matters and if builders aren’t getting RESNET Grade I installation with fiberglass batts then they’re getting a HERS-score penalty, says new fact…Continue
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Did you know that the average shower lasts 7.8 minutes?
Did you know that showering uses a lot of water? Showering currently accounts for almost 20% of all indoor residential water demand!
There is no question that many people want to be environmentally responsible and use our natural resources—including water—more…Continue
Last week I attended the annual Home Performance Coalition (HPC) Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. (Along with 1,900 other people!)
One of my favorite sessions included Kara Saul-Rinaldi, the Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy at HPC. With over 20 years of experience in policy and communications strategy and legislative and regulatory experience, Kara has worked for members of Congress, testified before congressional committees, and appeared in a…Continue
Today's homeowner is more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before. A National Association of Home Builders September 2016 survey found that energy-saving appliances were at or near the top of the must-have feature list for 80 percent of new home buyers. In January, the association released the…Continue
When homeowners have an HVACR need, 80 to 90 percent begin their search for a provider on the Internet. Braving the wilds of the web, they’ll click and click, scroll and scroll, evaluating the appeal of you and your competition to find the best provider for their job.
But between the time they start searching, and the time they pick up the phone to call a provider, homeowners can engage in a complex set…Continue
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Please keep in mind that while the information presented here is valuable, it's important to remember that predictions can and often do change over time. This information was compiled from industry publications.
Exxon Mobile released a report earlier this year called, Exxon Mobile’s…Continue
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A new national survey finds good news for the environment: Nine out of 10 Americans believe the average person should be taking concrete steps to reduce his or her environmental impact. And two-thirds think that personal energy conservation habits can make a real difference in preventing climate change.
The only catch, according to the new survey conducted by…Continue
So you want to design an energy-efficient home? You’ll need to simulate the home’s energy use with a model. Art pioneered the computer-based building simulation model and the procedures for estimating energy savings. These same…Continue
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Demand response and energy efficiency programs are complementary: energy efficiency reduces both energy use and peak demand while demand response provides additional peak demand reductions. In this blog, we use data to illustrate the importance of each, including some new data on actual savings from demand response programs.
For more than 20 years, ACEEE has been taking a close look at the energy…Continue
Home Energy publisher Tom White recently spoke with Josh Notes, co-founder and managing partner of greeNEWit. Among many other accomplishments, greeNEWit was recognized by the EPA with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts to increase the adoption of energy-efficient products in homes.
greeNEWit, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2009, was honored for helping…Continue
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[This blog was reprinted with permission from the Solar Decathlon Blog.]
It’s no surprise that many of the top-notch students who have participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon go on to have successful careers in architecture and engineering. Some become…Continue
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Contractor of the Year is awarded to Home Performance with Energy Star participating contractors who exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to improve homes.