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HERS Rater Training Discount ($200) Ends August 20th!

Online: September 17-28th (Times TBA)

Classroom: October 1-5th in Manchester, NH

Full fee: $2595 Register by August 20th and save $200!

Final Registration Deadline September 4th. 

http://www.nehers.org/event?EventID=6300

Added by Laurie DiDonato on August 13, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

Top Reasons to Consider Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

You expect a lot out of your HVAC system throughout the seasons. You want cold air in the summer and warm air in the winter. To boost the functioning of your HVAC system all year long and to catch any potential problems at the onset, it is recommended to schedule…

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Added by John White on August 10, 2018 at 2:15am — 1 Comment

On-The-Job Experience: Why Electrification Is Better And Cheaper

Sean Armstrong is the Managing Principal of Redwood Energy, one of the nation’s leading ZNE design firms and an Efficiency First California board member. His argument for electrification is based on his extensive experience in multifamily housing. 

The conventional wisdom is that when it comes to home heating, gas is cheap. So why is the trend toward building all-electric homes accelerating?

It turns out…

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Added by Efficiency First California on August 10, 2018 at 1:50am — No Comments

She Cut Her Energy Bills by 69% & Got to Pearl Gold

When discussing cutting energy consumption, but still staying cool in the hot summer months in Arizona, Jan tells her clients to first get an energy audit. "That's going to be a whole system approach to looking at every facet of your home.” The energy audit will check "insulation,…

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Added by Pearl Home Certification on August 7, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Some "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study! PV Marries Heat Pump, by Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center



Reducing energy use for heating hot water remains a major challenge around the world. This paper describes a novel solar photovoltaic assisted heat pump water heater (PV-HPWH) which achieved an 83% reduction (COP 5.4) in water heating energy compared with electric resistance. This technology demonstrates…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 6, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to Reduce Indoor Allergens and Enhance Air Quality in Your Home

Indoor allergens can cause a variety of health problems. The presence of such contaminants often means your home needs air-duct cleaning. Over time, these passages collect dust, pollen, and other harmful particles. Read more to know how you can tackle the indoor allergens through in-depth air-duct…

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Added by John White on August 3, 2018 at 2:43am — 1 Comment

Venting a conditioned attic

Should we ventilate?

How much should we ventilate?

Should we use and HRV/ERV?

Should the ventilation be balanced, negative or positive?

Are there any research projects on venting a conditioned attic?

Thanks is advance for opinions and data

Added by Andy Wahl on August 2, 2018 at 12:40am — 1 Comment

Engineering for Energy Efficiency

CEE helps building owners and managers better understand and optimize their energy use to improve the operation of equipment and systems, reduce energy waste, and manage long-term sustainability…
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Added by CEE on July 31, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Something New (Solar) and Something Old (Wood Stoves) get Jim’s Home to Pearl Gold

Jim Pearl Gold home is so snug and energy efficient that in the winter he heats the home with wood and powers it entirely with solar panels.

Jim designed his new home in central Virginia with energy efficiency in mind. It’s very high performing with spray-in foam insulation, high-end windows and doors, excellent heating and cooling systems, an intentionally designed southwest orientation, and large overhangs on the…

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Added by Pearl Home Certification on July 26, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

CEE leads planning for electric vehicle readiness to drive a growing market

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Added by CEE on July 25, 2018 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Gas Line Installation In Portland OR Code Basics

When you're looking to undertake any kind of a remodel or repair in your home it's important to understand the scope of work to be done. Having at least a basic understanding of the local building codes is a good first step for every homeowner to make sure that the job is being done right. In the article below we try to cover some of the basics that would apply for a gas line installation.…

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Added by Matt Peterson on July 19, 2018 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Press Release: HomeSmart International Joins the Pearl Broker Advantage Program

Vienna, Virginia and Scottsdale, Arizona – July 19, 2018 – Pearl Certification and HomeSmart International are proud to announce that HomeSmart Arizona has been accepted into Pearl’s prestigious Broker Advantage Program. HomeSmart is the first broker in Arizona to receive this distinction.

“HomeSmart agents work relentlessly each day to help their clients get maximum value for their homes,” stated Carol Perry, chief business development officer…

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Added by Pearl Home Certification on July 19, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Our First Year with Solar Panels, by Chris Stratton

 A local solar company putting supports for PV panels on our roof. No that's not a tiny man on the ladder.

A local solar company…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on July 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Top 5 Ways to Conserve Energy and Save on Your Air Conditioner Bill

Air conditioners are the essential bastions of cool breezes when the mercury skyrockets and the hot summer sun begins to bake down on…

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Added by John White on July 16, 2018 at 1:34am — 1 Comment

Making a Difference in DC: First Annual Contractor Lobby Day

In April 2018, members from across the home performance industry traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the first annual Contractor Lobby Day. The lobby day, which was sponsored by E4TheFuture, consisted of meetings with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for residential energy efficiency/home performance policy. The event was free to attend and provided an…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on July 10, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Consortium for Energy Efficiency Report – High Stakes for Energy Efficiency

Given the critical role that state and local energy policy and regulations play in the development of energy efficiency marketplaces, HPC focuses on removing state and local barriers to the growth of small businesses seeking to thrive in the residential energy efficiency marketplace. HPC's policy efforts are focused on state-based cost-effectiveness testing.

Why this focus?

Virtually every state uses some version of the five cost…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on July 6, 2018 at 9:38am — No Comments

Sustainability in what we do, and how we do it

Read the original post at https://www.mncee.org/blog/september-2017/sustainability-in-the-work-we-do,-and-how-we-do-it/

CEE provides practical…

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Added by CEE on July 6, 2018 at 9:38am — No Comments

2018 MN Legislature: Session Wrap-Up

On May 22, the Minnesota Legislature concluded its 2018 regular session. During this session CEE collaborated with other organizations in support of policies to advance energy efficiency.



Most of this session’s energy initiatives were passed to Governor Dayton in a massive omnibus bill. But…

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Added by CEE on July 2, 2018 at 10:37am — No Comments

Tips to Detect and Repair Problems with Your Residential AC Unit

Even with proper maintenance, your A/C unit can still have issues from time to time. Some of the most common problems are easily solvable through troubleshooting if you have the proper awareness of your AC unit. Additionally, you can hire the right residential AC repair services for regular maintenance of your HVAC unit. They have the training and the…

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Added by John White on June 29, 2018 at 12:57am — 1 Comment

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1950s Home Retrofit to Super Efficient Passive House - Urban Green Building

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