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City Pages: What They Are & How to Use Them Right

Recently, we have been talking a lot about Google's bias towards searcher proximity and the various digital marketing, content and SEO…


Added by Emily Ambrose on February 19, 2019 at 11:51am — No Comments

Technology and Customer Service

I read this line in a Forbes article … "Time and technology wait for no one, and customer loyalty seems to matter less every year. .."  I agree and disagree with that statement.  I do believe that technology does not wait – which is why we continuously improve and upgrade our systems.  I can’t agree with the customer loyalty because I see it every day with repeat customers and the specialized service we provide for each student.   When you have both – updated technology and fantastic…

Added by Kelly Caplenas on February 19, 2019 at 9:48am — No Comments

Furnace Maintenance: Things You Should Know

A properly maintained furnace system offers maximum energy efficiency, prevents harmful emissions and provides long-lasting performance. Here are the answers to the frequently asked …


Added by John White on February 18, 2019 at 1:12am — No Comments

Plastic Bottles: The Biggest Headache to the Environment

In an era of global warming and ozone depletion, plastic pollution is another catastrophic element which is affecting the well being of the environment.

The biggest problem of using plastic is that they are non-biodegradable in nature. And far more alarming news is that only 1 out of every 6 water bottles used…


Added by Olivia Taylor on February 14, 2019 at 7:49am — No Comments

100,000 Home Energy Scores So Far And Counting!

This post originally appeared on the Better Buildings Beat Blog, and was posted by DOE's Home Energy Score.

DOE’s Home Energy Score™ is a tool for homeowners, homebuyers, and renters…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 12, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Signs of AC Refrigerant Leaks You Should Not Ignore this Winter

Even during the winter months, your heating system uses the refrigerant in your air conditioning system to generate heat. In most cases, these leaks are often associated with air conditioner issues, but when the leak occurs in the winter, it can have devastating consequences for your system and the people who live in your home. Regular HVAC maintenance…


Added by John White on February 7, 2019 at 2:40am — 1 Comment

Air sealing and framing combined

Hello all,
Here is a link to the interview conducted by the North American Insulation Institute. 
To comply with new…

Added by Michael Schettine on January 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

4 Rules for Optimizing UX & UI for Lead Conversions on your Website

What is “UX / UI”?

User Experience: Quite literally, UX refers to how users experience your website. UX is made up of interactions and behavior — for example, the way that visitors on your site engage with its features and functionality, and how they find and consume the content they’re most interested in.

User Interface: The UI is an important component of UX and refers more pointedly to the look and feel or design of your website, as it is displayed to the target user (in…


Added by Chris Davis on January 24, 2019 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

What Are the Nation's Best Utility Energy Efficiency Programs?

(Post provided by ACEEE.)

Washington, D.C. ACEEE is proud to honor 53 of the United States’ leading energy efficiency programs with the Exemplary Program Award. In a national review, ACEEE selected these programs based on their innovation and effectiveness in helping customers increase energy efficiency in their homes and businesses. The awards accompany ACEEE’s publication,…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 16, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

New Study Measures Impact of Energy Efficient Features On Home Sale Prices in Phoenix

City of Phoenix, APS and RESNET Join Pearl Certification and HomeSmart In Launching Innovative Home Energy Efficiency Plan

Pearl Certification, the City of Phoenix, APS, RESNET and HomeSmart…


Added by Pearl Certification on January 15, 2019 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

New Video Explains the Super Stars of Energy Efficiency: Air Sealing and Insulation

Air sealing and insulation are the celebrities of the high-performance home world (high-performance homes being those using fewer energy and water resources and/or clean energy). These icons steal the show to provide the simplest, quickest, and least expensive method to decrease energy loss in a home. We created a…


Added by Amber Vignieri on January 15, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Looking Forward to the 116th Congress

By: Kara Saul-Rinaldi, Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy

On January 3, 2019, the members of the 116th Congress were officially sworn in. With many new members and a shift of power in the House of Representatives will come new opportunities, as well as new challenges.

Democrats will now hold the committee…


Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 14, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

HPC Works With Stakeholders To Improve New York State Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

By: Joe Cullen, Director of Policy & State Outreach

As part of a coalition of residential energy efficiency organizations including the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), …


Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 9, 2019 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Explaining Air Sealing and Ventilation to Homeowners

Your clients are likely to have misconceptions about tight houses. Some folks think that houses shouldn’t be tight, that they “need to breathe.” Certainly there have been cases where air-sealing a house has done more harm than good. But just because something has been done incorrectly in the past doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be done or that it can’t be done correctly. When air sealing produces undesirable results, it’s usually because we have either failed to identify and treat…


Added by David Keefe on January 7, 2019 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Chicago Exceeds Better Buildings Goal


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 3, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Adios and Fare-thee-well to Mike Rogers by Peter Troast

The cause of better homes and better contracting businesses lost its biggest champion this week. Our colleague and friend Mike Rogers succumbed to a horrible and rare form of cancer that appeared suddenly and acted swiftly. There is a hole in the universe today larger than the Grand Canyon that he loved so much.

An outsider looking in would say Mike was an enigma—a policy/industry visionary, incredibly exact person in business, and utter goofball. He didn’t care much what people…


Added by Chris Davis on December 20, 2018 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Why Power Home Solar Beats Fossil Fuels Hands Down

At this point, most sensible people can agree that there are just too many problems with fossil fuels. They pollute the environment, the expensive and they are also inefficient. There’s more than one reason why more and more people are turning to renewable energies. With recent technological innovations, the price of…


Added by Global Heating and AC on December 19, 2018 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Converting A South Facing Window Into A Solar Space Heating Panel

View 3D model !!

 A south facing window in any Passive Solar House design can be optimized by using a flat black metal shade to create a solar space heating panel…


Added by Dannie Jackson on December 14, 2018 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Still Modeling

  Here is a snap shot of my current 3D green home design project, this shows what I am working on.  It is incomplete at the moment however this is version 2, the first version is complete but lacks the fine details required for a to scale accurate model and so I am working on that in version 2.

   Been away awhile and busy,…


Added by Dannie Jackson on December 14, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

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