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It’s Time to Stop Using Fire in Our Homes

At some point in time man gained control over fire. Fire was very useful: it could be used to cook food, provide light, and its heat allowed us to survive in hostile environments.

Thousands of years later, some things haven’t changed much. Whether we have a natural gas or propane furnace or (in some parts of…

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Added by Efficiency First California on July 18, 2017 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Energy loss through fireplace

There are a lot of different kinds of fireplaces out there.  We all know the old wood burning type, but the newer gas fireplaces are more convenient and cleaner burning.  

I have customers that are complaining about the cold air coming in from the gas fireplace.  I have done a lot of research for my business, with some confusing information about the construction of gas fireplaces.  There seems to be a trend of venting the gas fireplace, directly outside, behind the fireplace.  I have…

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Added by Beverly Lerch on July 13, 2017 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Good Intentions, Poor Results

The energy efficiency industry in California is tangled with regulation.

Without a doubt, there are many policies that have been successful. California’s strict building codes have reduced energy use per capita and are responsible for eliminating the need to build 15-20 new power plants over the last 30 years. This is a great result and job well done.

But there are also plenty of cases where…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 12, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Angry Air!

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor.  It always seeks the path of least resistance.”  He didn’t say that Angry air is Noisy air.   Air doesn’t like being forced through corrugated, flexible ducting, pushed around corners, and made to force open dampers.  It resists being made to perform in a way that it doesn’t want to.  It takes more and more force as the resistance increases.  Air is just fine when you just let it move at will.  It can…

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Added by Paul Raymer on July 7, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

EPCs - Do You Know The Law?

Whether you are a property owner, landlord, tenant, contractor, or otherwise, it is essential to know the current and proposed laws surrounding energy performance certificates, or EPCs.

An EPC is essentially a guide to how efficiently a property uses energy, the cost of running the property, and recommendations on how to potentially improve the energy efficiency of the property.

An EPC is…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 5, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Report Shows Big Jump in Net-Zero Energy Homes

Net-zero energy homes seem to be growing their way out of a purely niche market. The number of zero energy residential units—homes that produce as much energy as they consume—in the United States and Canada grew 33% over the previous year, according to a new report by the Net Zero Energy…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 28, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Seeking Novel Applications of Thermal Storage

Through its JUMP platform, Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with Trane to host a technology challenge on thermal storage.  It is crucial that innovative techniques and materials be developed that efficiently condition occupied spaces, contribute to improved occupant comfort, and have low product and installation costs.  Such energy, comfort and cost considerations will best enable…

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Added by Sarah OConnell on June 27, 2017 at 6:13am — No Comments

Spray Foam Insulation In a Cement Block Home?

So you’ve heard about spray foam insulation, but you live in a block home. This makes you wonder, is it even possible to have spray foam in a cement block home? What about in an older home?



The answer is YES!



The ideal way to install spray foam insulation in a cement block home is during construction. This allows professional installers direct access to the empty concrete block cells that will be filled with the spray foam…

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Added by Green ID on June 21, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Results Are In: These Are The Most Energy-Efficient Utilities in the US

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 20, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Women in Building Performance: Cynthia Adams

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 13, 2017 at 10:37am — 3 Comments

The Climate Accord

 

So first I would like to point out that our leaving the Climate Accord was foolish. It was a non binding agreement to begin with. We could chose or chose not to contribute as we saw fit. It was based on self policing. Leaving it does not really make sense and simply diminishes our leadership role globally in an arena we are quite capable of leading.

 Neither Kyoto nor Paris ever had a chance of being ratified by the…

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Added by Glen Gallo on June 9, 2017 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Chicago's Micro Market Recovery Program

micro market recovery program target areas Elevate Energy has helped hundreds of homeowners improve their buildings and reduce high utility bills through energy efficiency upgrades, with the important added benefits of strengthening communities and keeping housing affordable. One way that we do this is through the City of Chicago’s…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Help Home Energy Magazine Go Digital

This morning we launched an Indiegogo campaign to help us reach our goal of becoming a digital-only magazine. Anything you can donate to our nonprofit magazine is greatly appreciated!

More information below.

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 30, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

First-Ever Comprehensive National Standard Practice Manual is Updated Guidebook for Energy Efficiency Cost-Benefit Analysis

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 23, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Video and Course on Solar PV in Real Estate

Real estate professionals who understand the basics of solar and know how to market the benefits of an installation will have a market edge. For most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new frontier. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Elevate Energy is creating two online Continuing Education courses. Both classes will be…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 16, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

What Happen to Energy Upgrade California?

Energy Upgrade California offers rebates up to $6,500.00 in SDGE territory.  Up to $4,500 in other territories.  Unfortunately they don't/won't promote it.  I can't get straight candid answers from the contractors supporting the program.  Only that there has been cutbacks. 

The program has struggled since the beginning.  Costly overhead only returns cents on the dollar to the homeowner. From the contractors perspective bureaucratic administration has discouraged…

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Added by Will johnson on May 15, 2017 at 11:43am — No Comments

Seeking Innovation in Roofing Systems

Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with GAF to host a technology challenge on roofing systems.  The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, JUMP, and aims to identify innovation solutions for ensuring energy efficient and durable low-slope roofing systems employing concrete decks.

The National Roofing Contractors Association’s 2014-2015 Market Survey indicates that concrete decks represent about 14 percent of the new and retrofit low-slope construction market. In recent…

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Added by Sarah OConnell on May 12, 2017 at 9:47am — No Comments

Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

The Ryerson University and University of Toronto team topped the …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:56am — No Comments

Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:50am — 5 Comments

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