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Energy (Oil, Natural Gas, Electricity, and Renewables) Outlook for Homes and Businesses in 2017

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.

Oil Forecasts

Exxon Mobile released a report earlier this year called, Exxon Mobile’s…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 6, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Survey: 9 of 10 Americans Want to Protect the Environment, But They're Focusing on the Wrong Things

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Art Rosenfeld's Legacy

Art Rosenfeld, the father of modern energy efficiency, recently passed away. You may not have heard of Art, but he transformed the way you save energy.

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 21, 2017 at 9:15am — No Comments

Demand Response Programs Can Reduce Utilities' Peak Demand by an Average of 10%, Complementing Savings From Energy Efficiency Programs

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 14, 2017 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

Energy Solutions for a Resilient Future: Q&A with Josh Notes of greeNEWit

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 8, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Five Former Solar Decathletes Who Became Entrepreneurs

[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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 30, 2017 at 9:41am — No Comments

Energy Star Contractor of the Year Award Q&A: AZ Energy Efficient Home

Each year, EPA honors a select group of organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

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.

We were…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 20, 2017 at 1:25pm — 3 Comments

New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program

For most American households, a 5-30% savings on energy bills is possible by making home energy upgrades typically identified in a home energy assessment. State and local governments, utilities, and nonprofits across the nation offer programs that allow home owners to upgrade their home to reduce energy use.  Through the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, DOE is working with partners that offer…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 10, 2017 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

A home is intimately tied to the health and wellbeing of its residents. It is where people go to take care of themselves and seek comfort. People in the United States spend approximately 70% of their time at home, which means that ensuring homes are a healthy refuge is vitally important.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment.

A federal…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 14, 2016 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Natural Gas is Becoming Less Attractive

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The United States and Canada have been fortunate to have access to natural gas for space heating, water heating, and other applications. Over the decades, gas supplies have been both reliable and affordable. We also believed that natural gas was clean and environmentally friendly, and was therefore reasonable as the fuel of choice. Sadly, this situation is changing; natural gas is becoming less attractive.

What has changed? First, research has shown that natural gas…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

California's Home Performance Data Drought

Every energy upgraded home has data. But it’s the story behind the data that gives it meaning.

Stories like Mark and Jane’s who sold their home in Carmel, California fixer upper with a couple acres in Grass Valley so they could pursue their micro-farm dream in their retirement. With extensive energy upgrades in the attic and to their crawl and mechanical systems, they reduced consumption by…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 16, 2016 at 8:07am — 1 Comment

The Real Women of Home Performance: Lauren Salz

Lauren Salz is the co-founder and COO of Sealed, a company with a simple purpose: to make home comfort improvements a no-brainer. Lauren manages the Sealed's software and patent-pending analytics, as well as the recently announced Sealed HomeAdvance fund.

Julie Caracino (Home Performance Coalition): How did you get started in the home…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

4 Traps to Avoid in Selling Home Performance

You want the sale. We all want the sale! Maybe you’re very hungry to post some numbers or push to hit the plan. That’s OK. But don’t let that get in the way of good approaches. It’s easier to stick with a good process when you’ve got ample leads, a solid pipeline, and you’re been hitting the numbers. So, try to stay ahead and…use effective lead generation, maintain your pipeline, and stay on top of your plan…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 25, 2016 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Zero Energy Homes: Economical and Eco-Friendly

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 …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 19, 2016 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

10 Ways for Contractors to Be More Professional

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.

1. Show Up On Time

It…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 13, 2016 at 8:13pm — No Comments

No B.S.

Homebuilders impress me. I know many; they’re great people. Honest, hardworking. They have a lot of good experience and they take pride in their work. They generally do not have a college education.

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 7, 2016 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Better Building Codes Empower Utah Homebuyers to Look for Energy Efficiency

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 22, 2016 at 10:24am — 3 Comments

How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage

Is it fair to say, “We take residential plumbing for granted? Do we use our plumbing system on a daily basis more than we do our stove or refrigerator?”

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 15, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

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