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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…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on October 23, 2018 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Why Does Your Air Conditioner Make Loud Noises?

Whenever you hear strange loud noises from your air conditioner, it’s time to have it checked by an AC repair service. Different sounds coming from an AC indicate different issues. There are things you should remember to do when your AC starts making noise.…

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Added by John White on October 22, 2018 at 3:23am — No Comments

Local Services Ads, Part 1: Where They Are Now (Literally)

We’ve referred to Google Local Services Ads (LSAs) as a “blockbuster product” for the HVAC and home performance industries. And though there have been some early hiccups—e.g., the insulation/handyman mess referenced in our…

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Added by Chris Davis on October 18, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

By Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 16, 2018 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)

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A blower door measures how tight a house is

Air sealing done as part of the install, and after hacking holes into the house (and sealing others), total leakage only increased by 65 CFM50. …

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Added by Blake Reid on October 9, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Investing in Alicante Real Estate – A Good Decision

Alicante is a beautiful city on Costa Blanca –quite popular amongst the European tourists, in the recent times.The Spanish real estate market is at its healthiest times, ever since the recession in the year 2008. Alicante is one of those regions, which is witnessing a steady demand for property. Vacation homes, villas, luxurious properties, and apartments for sale are available for those who are looking for an investment in the region. People are interested to purchase properties not…

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Added by Alfie Davis on October 8, 2018 at 5:40am — No Comments

Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips You Should Follow to Reduce Costs

Every homeowner should be aware of the condition of their heating and cooling system to avoid surprises in energy bills. Annual inspections are the key to reducing maintenance costs over time. Here’s a broader checklist for your fall HVAC maintenance to keep costs to…

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Added by John White on October 5, 2018 at 2:09am — No Comments

Redefining Home Performance in the 21st Century, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection

Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy performance to include smart technology, smart homes.  In “Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection,” HPC asserts that America’s…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 4, 2018 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

By Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety…

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Added by Laurie Guevara-Stone on October 4, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Blower Door Testing Requirement in Collier County, FL

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We recently received a phone call from a contractor in Collier County, FL about the blower door test requirement in his state. We’ve been covering this topic for a while, with the previous update coming from the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF). At that time, BOAF had made a statement that individuals…

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Added by Everblue Training on October 3, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Get a Fast Start on the Fall Season

September has already been a busy month on two critical energy efficiency (EE) issues directly impacting home performance contractors in Connecticut. First, the United States District Court in Hartford heard oral arguments on a lawsuit to restore $145 million on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy funds that were “swept” or taken out of EE program accounts by the Connecticut legislature in 2017. Second, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced a new,…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on September 28, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Pearl Releases Cutting Edge Software Enabling Contractors to Empower Homeowners

Pearl Certification launched a new cutting-edge tool to help homeowners make decisions about energy-related home investments.

“Pearl’s new Home Investment Plan enables high-quality home improvement contractors to present comfort, health and energy upgrade options to homeowners in an attractive, easy-to-read report,” said Pearl CEO Cynthia Adams. “Homeowners can use these reports to understand their benefits and select the features that work best for them and their…

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Added by Pearl Certification on September 27, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why Open Standards Matter for Home Energy Efficiency

This is the first of a new monthly series that will showcase the benefits of HPXML in scaling the home energy efficiency industry by organizations that use the data standard – software companies, utility programs, government, and contractors. Every month, the blog will feature a new writer who will describe their organization or program’s experiences with HPXML, including both the technical and business aspects of HPXML…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on September 27, 2018 at 10:45am — No Comments

Why Fall Is the Best Season to Replace Your Old HVAC System

We all want to make sure our homes are as comfortable and inviting 365 days out of the year. That is why it is very important that our HVAC system and heater system are always operating smoothly. However, it’s best to consider having a thorough air conditioning service,…

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Added by John White on September 25, 2018 at 2:51am — No Comments

More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Grow Homes

Joe Clark and Martha Wudka of Evergreen Economics did a study in which "getting into the weeds (or weed)" was the whole point. Since marijuana is becoming legal in state after state, they wanted to zero in on the energy use in "grow homes". These are homes where residents grow marijuana for personal use. The biggest energy use gain? Lighting to grow the plants indoors.

Here is the abstract from the paper that was presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study of Energy in Buildings,…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 24, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What Sustains US

Every locality grapples with its own collection of natural and human caused challenges (and potentially disasters). While most people don’t often think about the connection between property values and water runoff, flooding, heat waves, fires, hurricanes, drought, new power and gas lines, density, open space, access to public…

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Added by Pearl Certification on September 20, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Portable Air Conditioners: Warnings You Should Not Ignore

One of the main drawbacks of portable air conditioners is the low ratings for energy efficiency. Not only do they take up space, these devices waste more energy and are louder than central air conditioners. A more sustainable alternative is energy-efficient air…

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Added by John White on September 17, 2018 at 1:43am — No Comments

Announcing National Energy Geek Day [October 6]

If you know anything about EnergyLogic, you are probably aware that we are fun loving and passionate. We noticed that there are national days for just about everything (no really, National Spaghetti Day is a thing). But somehow, there was no national day to celebrate our industry's professionals. So, we've created National Energy Geek Day!…

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Added by Hannah Finch on September 12, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

What You Missed At The ZNE Retreat

It’s amazing how many energy efficiency conferences and workshops have surfaced recently. Sometimes it seems like the dissemination and sharing of EE information has become a standalone industry. These events are often are often sponsored by large corporate donors and may have hundreds of attendees.…

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Added by Efficiency First California on September 10, 2018 at 11:25am — No Comments

Flir b40 thermal camera for sale

Does anyone out there have a suggested sale price, or offer for my b40 Flir camera?  I have always believed in fair pricing but am presently struggling to come up with a fair price.  It has 120 x120 res. and comes in a nice hard case. Please respond to luthier23@gmail.com

Thank you

Eric

Added by Eric Sperline on September 9, 2018 at 8:46pm — No Comments

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