April 2017 Blog Posts (8)

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 10:27am — No Comments

Building a Clean Energy Future, Respect for the People Who Will Build It

What a dream job should look like

You don’t need to spend a great of time deal in the policy world before you hear a conversation about workforce development. In fact, the Energy Upgrade California incentive program was originally created as a workforce development solution. Flashback to 2008, the Great Recession: contractors were out of work and the economy was in a downward spiral. The incoming Obama administration designed a program to stimulate the economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment…

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Added by Efficiency First California on April 25, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments

First Rooftop Whole House Fan for Homes without Attics

Eichler was one of the most famous Mid Century Modern home builders in the 50s and 60s. His homes are all over California. Owners of his designs have not had a whole house fan to help cool their homes until now. 

I just invented the first rooftop to pull 8000 CFM at just 505 watts through a 20 inch throat. The top can be hidden by a chimney looking enclosure and the bottom inside the home by a faux cabinet.

See more at http://www,/ThorwaldsonRooftopWholeHouseFans.com 

Added by Kurt Shafer on April 24, 2017 at 11:07am — No Comments

Women in Building Performance: Jamie Peters

Jamie Peters is the Director of Client Solutions at EnergySavvy, a software company that aims to transform the way utilities interact with and serve their customers. Peters brings seven years of energy efficiency program experience to EnergySavvy, including launching…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 17, 2017 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Save energy with motion detectors and dimmers

Dimming the lights and adding motion detection lighting is another way to control energy costs and put savings back in your wallet.…

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Added by Dave on April 17, 2017 at 11:53am — No Comments

Why Builders Should Care About Grade I Installation

Quality installation of insulation matters and if builders aren’t getting RESNET Grade I installation with fiberglass batts then they’re getting a HERS-score penalty, says new fact…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 11, 2017 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Always Learning: Elevator Bill Expands His Building Science Toolbox with Passive House

passive house certification 1 We’re always looking to advance our skills and deepen our expertise in building science; it’s the foundation of our work! The knowledge our staff has of building science is essential when they’re out in the field looking for opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The more possible upgrades they can identify, the more money the people we serve can save. Since we never stop learning at Elevate Energy, Technical Project Lead Bill Lyons recently became one of 1,350…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 7, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Do Low Flow Showerheads Save Water?

Did you know that, on average, people take 0.69 showers per day?

Did you know that the average shower lasts 7.8 minutes?

Did you know that showering uses a lot of water? Showering currently accounts for almost 20% of all indoor residential water demand!

There is no question that many people want to be environmentally responsible and use our natural resources—including water—more…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 3, 2017 at 11:05am — 4 Comments

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