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Going Somewhere this Summer? Save Energy While You're Gone.

 

It's that time of year again. Beaches, barbecues, road trips, and more! If you're going on vacation this summer (or you're a snowbird), make sure you follow these 5 tips to save on energy while you're gone.…

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Added by Green ID on June 24, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Energy Usage in Your Home

Added by Green ID on June 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Comfort & Payback in Green Upgrades to a Home

Making green upgrades to a home can majorly increase comfort. Unfortunately, comfort and quick paybacks don’t always go hand in hand. Upgrades like window replacements, garage insulation and increasing insulation levels to assure they’re up to the R-38 standard, are all upgrades where the most cost effective solution may not align with the lifestyle conditions. For example, replacing single pane windows in good condition is not cost-effective but the price paid for one south or west-facing…

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Added by Green ID on June 22, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What is a Home Energy Audit?

Energy audits are done to identify energy saving opportunities for home owners who want to lower their monthly bills, who are unsure what energy saving upgrades would be best for their home, who want to improve their health by cutting down on allergens and pollutants coming from the outdoors, and home owners who want an unbiased energy analysis and recommendations.…

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Added by Green ID on June 22, 2017 at 9:13am — 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

Attic Fans and CAZ Pressure - Testing Fun!

Consider turning attic fans on when checking for the worst case CAZ depressurization. The fan may be changing the pressure dynamics of the home in dangerous ways.…

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Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on May 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Top tips for maintaining an evaporative cooler

Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers have become a top choice for anyone looking for an alternative cooling solution from their home or office. In the past, evap cooler technology was limited for use in large operations that have easy access to exterior air such as factories.

The…

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Added by Kobus Niemand on May 4, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Legends of Home Performance

A project long in the making, we're happy to finally reveal some of our Legends of Home Performance videos. We've been working with videographer Debra Little for almost a year now, and she's had the pleasure of sitting down and hearing the stories of several home performance industry heavy hitters.  

"I've been shooting these at various conferences I've attended and it's been a thrill for me to hear [their] stories and be able to help make them accessible for folks to enjoy," says…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 27, 2017 at 7:27am — No Comments

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