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Converting A South Facing Window Into A Solar Space Heating Panel

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 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…

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Added by Dannie Jackson on December 14, 2018 at 11:30am — No 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 two, 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,…

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

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

When my fifteen-year-old son returned with a concert ticket in one hand and cash in the other, that’s when I knew he would probably be ok in this world. He had decided last minute to tag along to go see Jason Isbell in concert. He didn’t have a ticket, but we knew the show wasn’t sold out. But we also knew that being a teenager without a job, he didn’t…

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Added by Pearl Certification on December 13, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Comprehensive Content Strategy: Creating Content That Supports a New Service Launch

With so much product innovation happening in HVAC and solar, many companies are adding new services like battery storage or ductless heat pumps. With all the coordination and planning it takes to purchase the correct equipment, polish off your certifications, and nail down pricing, it is easy to forget that your website should reflect your new…

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Added by Energy Circle on December 6, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Appraisal Study to Determine Impact of Energy Efficient Features on Home Values

One Home, One Community,

One City at a Time! 

Pearl Certification is excited to announce a new chapter in its partnership with HomeSmart International to help Phoenix homeowners capture incremental value of their energy efficient, solar and other performance upgrades when they…

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Added by Pearl Certification on November 29, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Are You Speaking the Same Language As Your Customers?

Jargon and technical terms are a part of everyday life in the home performance, solar and HVAC industries.

See? I’ve already used an acronym that my own mother didn’t know when I brought it up at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If you’re a heating and air conditioning contractor, “HVAC” may be how you describe the scope of your services; but we…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 29, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line—By RMI's Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 27, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line

By Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this way?

A recent Rocky Mountain Institute report,…

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Added by Rebecca Cole on November 27, 2018 at 3:11pm — No Comments

The Home Depot Rebate Program

As part of an ongoing effort to bring you value beyond our work in industry education, advocacy, and publication, we have partnered with The Home Depot and Building Performance…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 27, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

5 Essential Tips on How to Maintain Your Wood Burning Fireplace

A wood burning fireplace is one of the most gorgeous, elegant and potentially least expensive fireplaces on the market. The basic idea of maintaining your fireplace is to keep the fireplace clean and in good condition. Here are 5 essential tips on how to maintain your wood burning fireplace and increases its durability. (Information Credit –…

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Added by Alfie Davis on November 27, 2018 at 9:18am — No Comments

In Memory of Ken Tohinaka

Lately, I've been writing occasional articles for our Home Performance contractors.  For this post, I'm skipping the usual technical advice and focusing instead on an industry leader who recently left us.

This is the sixth edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave Keefe. It is intended for building science…

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Added by David Keefe on November 26, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Role of Digital Marketing Tactics in Your Sales Funnel

Whether you’re launching a new service within your HVAC, home performance or solar company, or you’re looking to revitalize your company’s overall marketing strategy, it’s important to understand the purpose of every tactic in your digital marketing arsenal.

You may have been surprised to learn in…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 21, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient, by Sandra Wood

Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to reduce pollution and conserve energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recognized the ones making the largest strides in this area.

Based on their scores on the…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why Are Images Important for SEO? Optimizing Your Website’s Images for GKP and SERP

If you caught our webinar a couple weeks back, then you probably heard us hinting at how the images on your website and in your Google Knowledge Panel can have a major impact on how potential customers view you as a business. If you want to…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:31pm — No Comments

The Role of Facebook (& other social media) for HVAC, Home Performance, and Solar

If you are a business owner, no matter the industry, you’ve likely heard armchair marketing advice akin to “Oh, you’ve got to be active on social media these days.” And while this isn’t entirely false for HVAC, home performance and solar companies (we still strongly recommend it and manage social media campaigns for our clients), it’s time to “put…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

7 Tips to Make Your Heating System Well-Equipped for Winter Comfort

During the winter, your heating system works overtime, so you should hire a professional HVAC contactor to get a preventive checkup of your heating system, before this. Yearly HVAC maintenance will also help you to avoid heating repair bills. Make sure your heating system is working…

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Added by John White on November 8, 2018 at 12:56am — 1 Comment

The AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why

All the solar in the world won't keep you comfortable.

Written because "insulation" and "airtightness" won't officially be mandated by code until the 2015 IECC is adopted here in Hawaii in March 2019, so we have a good…

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Added by Blake Reid on November 5, 2018 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Announcing ComEd and Franklin Energy To Host 2019 HPC National Conference

HPC is honored to announce ComEd Energy Efficiency Program and …

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on October 30, 2018 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Comments by HPC to Support the New Jersey 2019 Energy Master Plan

As leaders in the residential energy efficiency industry, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) responded to the September 2018 request by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) to provide feedback that supports the state's development of its 2019 Energy Master Plan.

Topics include:

  • weatherization
  • key non-energy benefits
  • demand response…
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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 26, 2018 at 2:37pm — No Comments

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