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One Knob and the Pain That Inspired It

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Feb 5, 2015. 3 Replies

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Nate Adams replied to Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr.'s discussion Hero Pace Program?
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Nate Adams liked tedkidd's discussion Home Performance is Failing - let's turn that around?
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Nate Adams replied to tedkidd's discussion Home Performance is Failing - let's turn that around?
"Ira, you're not alone. Here in Cleveland the gas company uses their own auditors, it killed the market. There are a small handful of energy auditors left. The bad part is that the utility rebate program is basically an HVAC changeout program.…"
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Nate Adams replied to tedkidd's discussion Home Performance is Failing - let's turn that around?
"Website is finally up, albeit still imperfect. You can check out the very detailed case studies. The first 3 are all electric conversions on pre-1920 homes."
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Nate Adams commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Gas vs Induction Cooking Energy Comparison
"Great stuff Paul! I learned an interesting benefit of induction at the recent ASHRAE IAQ conference in DC. The plume off of pans is much less "energetic" for induction because less heat is applied. This makes range hoods capture more of…"
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Nate Adams replied to Rob Madden's discussion Indoor Air Quality Monitors and Meters
"Rob, I've bought, borrowed, or been given a number of different monitors. I had an Air Advice and just couldn't justify the price to re-up. It was annoying having to drop it off an pick it up. I spent $1400 for 2 years of service and…"
Jul 28, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Poll: How confident do you feel about the future of home performance?
"Matt Golden commented on a parody video "Single Pane" a few months back that the 9 year old video is funny again because almost none of the same people are here. THAT IS A MAJOR FREAKING PROBLEM! I starved to death trying to do good…"
Jul 23, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"So you're going to argue with actual measurement using AHRI certs?  On pollutants, I'm conflating, but my last post hopefully indicates that. PM 2.5 is getting a lot of press as the most important IAQ problem. A good filter helps…"
Feb 3, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Screen shot of Infinity Control John, take a look at that link. This is a Carrier GreenSpeed heat pump on a very moderate day, about 50 degrees outside. 70 indoors. 1820 cfm leakage in a 1600 sf house. I have the fan set to continuous low with an…"
Feb 3, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Agreed. We really need a like button. "
Feb 3, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"I ask because it's beneficial for a number of other reasons, IF the duct system isn't too connected to the outdoors: 1. Reduce temperature stratification/temp difference between rooms by mixing 2. Better filtration - constantly running…"
Feb 3, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Utterly fascinating. Thank you for taking the time to write all this! As I work on my Home Performance book, a link to this thread is going in the IAQ chapter. A follow up question. If a ceiling fan helps reduce exposure, how about turning the HVAC…"
Feb 3, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Indeed! I fell into it a few years back and keep falling. You take a side passage for a while, then end up back in the main hole, still falling!"
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Nate Adams replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"I need the like button too... Fascinating discussion. So many dots to connect. Just when I think I'm starting to get there another train of thought arrives and off I go again!"
Feb 1, 2016
Nate Adams replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Article about residential energy efficiency and why sales are low
"Very well said, David."
Jan 31, 2016
Nate Adams commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@David, I've been puzzling through how to write about the demand side. The ultimate solution needs to come from demand, not that we shouldn't pursue code enforcement. I think I have a decent argument figured out. Basically, rather than…"
Jan 26, 2016

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How an Energy Efficiency Program Killed My Business

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:30am 5 Comments

Tax Credits Flickr Cut Up Money

Note to Homeowners: This article is primarily aimed at the Home Performance industry. I strive for radical transparency, so I put this in the public sphere for you to read as well.

Energy efficiency rebate programs from gas and electric utilities have become pretty common nationwide. They give rebates for replacing your furnace or adding insulation to your home. While these programs seem like a good idea, they can actually…


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At 10:56am on March 12, 2015, Better Buildings Support said…

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At 7:03pm on April 15, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Nate,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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