May 2018 Blog Posts (21)

HPC 2018 Spring State Outreach Highlights

Since the HPC National Conference in Philadelphia in April 2018 we have been following up with contractors and state allies in three critical areas:

Partnering with State Contractor Organizations:

  • Supporting Conrad Metcalfe and the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State on implementation of practical, contractor friendly programs related to the Governor’s New Efficiency, New York White Paper
  • Supporting Ryan Miller and NC…
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Added by Home Performance Coalition on May 31, 2018 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Summer Checklist of HVAC systems

These points can help anyone to gear up their HVAC unit for chilling summer. Here are some more checklists points are followings:

Here are some more checklists points are followings:

  • First you should check the thermostat settings to ensure that the heating and cooling system keeps you comfortable and also saving your energy.…

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Added by John White on May 28, 2018 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

How Does a Duct System Work, and Why is it So Important?

The channel or distribution of air used to cool and heat your home is a collection tube that distributes heated or cooled air to the different rooms. This branch of rectangular or rectangular tubes, usually made of metal plates, fiberglass sheet or flexible plastic and the composite yarn is found in your home. The pipeline system is designed to provide "conditioned" air conditioning - it is heated or cooled by heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) devices - and to…

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Added by John White on May 28, 2018 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

Reasons Behind Air Condition System Failure

There are several reasons behind your air conditioning is not working or fail to provide proper cooling, such as the presence of faulty compressor. Apart from that, there are several other reasons too that might affect the proper functioning of your residential AC Unit;

  • Your AC unit air filter might be clogged or dirty.

  • It might be due to improper working of fan or fan motor of your AC.

  • Dirty condenser…

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Added by John White on May 28, 2018 at 12:20am — 1 Comment

Four Major Differences Between Commercial and Residential HVAC Systems

Many of the HVAC contractors are highly trained professionals in commercial and residential HVAC systems. While these systems have many similarities but there are also certain differences that you should know. Here are the four major differences between Commercial and Residential HVAC systems are followings.

  • Commercial systems are more powerful – As you may know that the commercial spaces are much larger than residential space and often serve a…

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Added by John White on May 28, 2018 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

Market characterization study finds new savings opportunities for Focus on Energy

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Added by CEE on May 25, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

What to Expect from a New HVAC Unit Installation Cost

The cost of installing an HVAC unit, such as an air conditioner installation in Laguna Hills, will vary from location to location and system to system. While a ballpark estimate can be provided, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration that will vary dramatically with each situation.

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The cost of installing an HVAC unit, such as an air conditioner installation in Laguna Hills, will…

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Added by John White on May 22, 2018 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

How Cities Can Ensure Better Rentals for Everyone

By Alisa Petersen

While much of RMI’s research and analysis on home energy performance has focused on real estate transactions to stimulate the market for home energy upgrades, existing rental housing upgrades remain a critical yet unaddressed issue in reducing the overall footprint of the residential sector in a particular city and nationally—given that …

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on May 21, 2018 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Make 2018 The Year You Fear No Power Outage

Get A Back-Up Generator For Your Home’s “Mission Critical” Power Needs

A power outage can wreak havoc around the house.

The juice goes out, and suddenly you’re left without…

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Added by John Oxford on May 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ten Tips for Controlling Moisture Levels in Your Home

By Jeffrey C. May —

Mold can pose serious health risks – especially for people with allergies and asthma. The key to controlling mold growth is reducing moisture, whether from leaks, high humidity or variations in temperature in your home.

Below are ten tips to help you…

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Added by Bob Krell on May 19, 2018 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Fire Alarm Maintenance London – Are You Up To Date?

Commercial building owners should be aware of changes to the standards for fire detection and fire alarm systems that came into force last year (2017). 

The BSI (business standards company) revised its standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems last year. The new changes apply to the standard, BS 5839-1:2017, which covers the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm…

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Added by Leona Zoey on May 18, 2018 at 9:39am — No Comments

Kilauea, vog, and IAQ

Been fielding a few questions about vog lately:

http://www.terrawatthome.com/news/2018/05/16/what-you-can-do-about-vog

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"Vog is a form of air pollution that results when…

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Added by Blake Reid on May 17, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

House and Home: the New Pattern Language

For years now, many of the most connected North American housing professionals have derived inspiration and guidance from A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, the seminal handbook to community and housing design that was authored by Christopher Alexander…

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Added by Chris Dorsi on May 16, 2018 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Clarity begins at home: CEE turns microscope on itself for plug load study

Read the original post at https://www.mncee.org/blog/september-2016/clarity-begins-at-home-cee-turns-microscope-on-it/

CEE’s research team explores and identifies cost-effective…

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Added by CEE on May 14, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pearl’s CEO Receives the Industry’s Highest Award

On April 24, 2018, Pearl CEO Cynthia Adams received the prestigious Linda Wigington Leadership Award at the 2018 National Home Performance Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Cynthia was introduced to the audience as a change agent, community advocate and industry mentor.

“Cynthia, the impressive work you did at LEAP and now with Pearl Certification stood out to us as truly worthy of our highest honor. The work being done at Pearl is changing the relationship between…

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Added by Pearl Certification on May 10, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

#HPC18 - The 2018 National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show In Review

At this year's national conference and trade show we networked, learned, laughed and grew! Thank you for sharing your week with us.

To recap, together we:

  • tested and learned about products
  • attended tracks and session on a…
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Added by Home Performance Coalition on May 10, 2018 at 8:33am — No Comments

CEE’s Megan Hoye highlighted among influential women in energy

Read the full blog post on cleanenergyresourceteams.org

During Women's History Month, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) highlights influential women who work to advance Minnesota's clean energy industry. This year …

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Added by CEE on May 9, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Highlights from the 2018 HPC National Home Performance Conference in Philadelphia

This year’s HPC National Home Performance Conference was a rich ground for learning, meeting old friends and new, and gathering good blog material!

The sessions I attended on Health and Housing were fantastic. It’s good to see the home performance community becoming more and more identified…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 1, 2018 at 4:18pm — 1 Comment

The Best Energy Source For Our Future

WE NEED TO TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY

When it comes to energy, society is at a crossroads. Our existing supplies are heavily based on fossil fuels, a limited and dirty solution. There is no question that we must transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Fortunately, there are alternatives…

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Added by Efficiency First California on May 1, 2018 at 3:59pm — No Comments

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