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Tax Time Blues
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There is a tax credit available to homeowners who have walls insulated. The credits were continued last year in a budget deal to cover tax year 2014 and the amount is 10% of the cost of materials up…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Mar 6.

When your shower is in your kitchen...
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Interesting question by Leanne Maxwell, former colleague at Home Energy:"Aside from all of the obvious logistical issues of having a shower in your kitchen, what kind of IAQ nightmare does it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stan Kuhn Mar 5.

Should Homeowners with PV Get Paid Retail or Wholesale Prices for their Excess Electricity?
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I've been doing some research, trying to get my arms around the problem of the longterm sustainability of renewable energy in the Unites States. Here's one big challenge as I see it.Many customers…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Nov 23, 2013.

How Do We Make Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting?
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I was reading my local newspaper…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Aug 29, 2013.

 

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Nate Adams commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life
"Nice! As a bunch of nerds, we suck at storytelling. The health stories have a lot of power. Thanks for sharing."
Jun 26
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Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The Universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility Affordability…See More
Jun 23
Jim Gunshinan posted a blog post

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The Universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility Affordability…See More
Jun 23
William H Nickerson commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Unexpected Blessing
"Congrats Jim. with in an industry that still seeks any compass its rewarding to hear from one with a strong moral one."
Jun 23
Todd Collins commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Unexpected Blessing
"Your humility is an example to us all... and also likely supports the degree to which you deserve the recognition as much as anyone.  Congrats.  And perhaps you are already retired ... or I assume too much.... I assume you are doing what…"
Jun 23
tedkidd commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Unexpected Blessing
"Nicely done! Congrats!"
Jun 23
Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Unexpected Blessing
"Thanks Tom and Debra. Yes, I have much too much to learn to retire now!"
Jun 5
Tom Conlon commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Unexpected Blessing
"Congrats Jim! And no, you can't retire yet. We need you, way too much left to learn and teach and do!"
Jun 5
Jim Gunshinan's blog post was featured

Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by myself. I don’t do home…See More
Jun 1
Debra Little commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Sudden, Surprising Blessing
"A blessing that's also an awesome surprise is even more fun! Congrats Jim!  Your positive difference is essential to our HP community."
May 28
Jim Gunshinan posted a blog post

Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by myself. I don’t do home…See More
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Sean Lintow Sr replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Tax Time Blues
"Well if I had to guess your credit will be 0 as it used to be up to $1500 & wasn't as hard to get back then - http://thehtrc.com/2009/october-national-energy-awareness-month which quite a lot of people took - new windows, HVAC, etc... I…"
Mar 6
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion

Tax Time Blues

There is a tax credit available to homeowners who have walls insulated. The credits were continued last year in a budget deal to cover tax year 2014 and the amount is 10% of the cost of materials up to $500. Only the material costs count, not the labor. There are other credits for residential solar electric, solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps, a small wind energy system, and fuel cells, but I can’t find anything more for improving the homes building envelope. You can find out the details by…See More
Mar 5
Stan Kuhn replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion When your shower is in your kitchen...
"I think this is in the wrong Forum, it belongs in Hall of Shame.  One the dumbest ones I've seen, and I've seen a bunch.  Assuming the range exhaust is 100 cfm or better (right!), it may not present a huge moisture issue if the…"
Mar 5
Jim Gunshinan replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion When your shower is in your kitchen...
"With more and more builders in crowded, expensive-to-rent-in cities like New York creating mini-apartments in a factory and stacking them to make multifamily buildings; there will be a strong temptation to minimize space. The min-apartments…"
Mar 3

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Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life



The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The Universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility…

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Posted on June 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by…

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Posted on May 27, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Highlights from the NASCSP Annual Training Conference, 2014

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) met in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its annual training conference. Here are some personal highlights:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, is a beautiful town but hard to take in from the 6th floor of my hotel room. All I saw…
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Posted on September 23, 2014 at 2:03pm

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

Here are the final numbers for my Energy Upgrade California home retrofit.

Table 1. Air…

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Posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 26 Comments

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At 9:03am on June 14, 2013, Dan Antonioli said…

Jim. Yes, I still want to friend you and learn more about your work.

Dan

At 7:35pm on April 4, 2011, David Eggleton said…
Jim, where/how do you discuss "the interface between science and religion/spirituality?"  I'd like to drop in.
 
 
 

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