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Novel Building Envelope Design for Increased Thermal Performance

In 2014, more than 40% of US primary energy and 70% of electricity was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, resulting in annual energy costs of more than $430 billion. The envelope of the building, which refers to the external walls, windows, roof, and floor of a building, is the thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environment and one of the primary…

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Added by Sarah OConnell on March 24, 2017 at 7:48am — No Comments

Don MacOdrum receives BPI's 2017 Tony Woods Award!

BPI has honored Don MacOdrum, Executive Director at the Home Performance Guild of…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 23, 2017 at 6:17am — No Comments

Balancing Act: Solving Airflow Issues in HVAC Systems

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 14, 2017 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

Let’s Party! A New Way to Learn About Home Energy Use

We went to the best house party—no, not an all-night blow-out, but a small get-together hosted by real estate broker Dan Razowsky. This particular house party was to help Dan, his parents, and their friends become more educated about energy use and energy efficiency in their homes, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

At an Elevate Energy house…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on March 10, 2017 at 9:05am — No Comments

Why Do We Need Safety Valve in Boiler?

  • Safety valve is a fail-safe device that prevents failure under over pressure conditions.
  • A safety valve is designed to open and relieve excess pressure from boiler by releasing a volume of fluid from within the equipment, when predetermined excess pressure is reached.
  • If the operating pressure in the system goes above the safe limit of material of construction, it can cause ruinous failure.
  • To prevent such failure safety valves…
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Added by Thermodyne Boilers on March 8, 2017 at 9:23pm — No Comments

How to Hook Every Type of Homeowner

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

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

Real Flame Silverton Ventless Gel Fireplace - White

I was looking for a best fire pit for my new home and I found this best fire pit reviews on google. They are awesome reviewer and I convinced to purchase a gel fireplace instead of a fire pit.

I do not just like this fireplace, I absolutely love it! My house does not have an…

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Added by Ajmain Azraf on February 17, 2017 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Real Flame Porter Fireplace in White Finish

I decided to order this fireplace after seeing the many positive reviews from people who had made purchases. I really needed a fireplace and I felt like this one would serve my needs quite well. I must say that I was not disappointed. It is far much better that I expected and it actually looks better in my living room that in the picture. I would highly recommend this fireplace to anyone. It is just perfect.…

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Added by Ajmain Azraf on February 16, 2017 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Hiring BPI BA Professionals in Philadelphia Area

Please reach me if interested and we can plan a call to discuss this opportunity. This is a full time residential energy auditor position in the philly area with a national company. Email resume and contact info to: 1robertpost "at" gmail "dot" com.

Added by Robert Post on February 16, 2017 at 9:30am — 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

Top Safest Ways To Remove Crawl Space Mold

Living in a home with a crawl space can be an adventure some times. And those of us that do have a crawl space know all too well the costly problems that a crawl space can bring. One of the worst of all crawl space problems is mold growth. Crawl spaces can be a breeding ground for mold. The main reason for this is because of the fact that many crawl spaces are prone to moisture and water. Reducing or eliminating…

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Added by Adam Swain on January 30, 2017 at 1:20pm — 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

Fireplaces: The Different Types and Uses

The word “fireplace” conjures up images of an extension of the living room wall; one which houses a space where a stack of wooden logs slowly burn and crackle while giving out a steady stream of heat which is greedily soaked in by the inhabitants of that room. Quite naturally, the fireplace is a characteristic of homes which exist in colder climates, such as many parts of Canada. So naturally, images of a wood-burning fireplace is guaranteed to transport one back to childhood…

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Added by Alfie Davis on January 29, 2017 at 10:35pm — No Comments

CPV and PV combinated module





CPV module that insert PV cell in dead space out of focal point may be a perfect area to enhance module overall efficiency over 40% developed by Hanul Solar Energy in Seoul.

Applicable to a monsoon environmental condition that would generate either concentrated sun or…

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Added by EDDIE CHUNG on January 26, 2017 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

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

Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

VIDEO: Foundation and Floor Framing for High Performance Tiny House, Florida

In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 12, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

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