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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 — 2 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

Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 28, 2018 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music,…

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Added by Leslie Jackson on June 28, 2018 at 12:45pm — No Comments

TEDx HPC Conference 2018

http://www.efficiencyfirstca.org/news/2018/06/19/tedx-hpc-conference-2018

Posted in Efficiency First CA by Debra Little

This year, the Home Performance Coalition hosted it's first annual TEDx event at its national conference in Philadelphia. The room was packed, the BYOB was flowing and the…

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Added by Debra Little on June 26, 2018 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Adding Value to Contractors’ Work in the Mortgage Market

 

Home Performance Coalition, with the Appraisal Institute, is working to increase demand for residential energy efficiency by ensuring that the improvements people make to their homes – largely completed by contractors – are accurately reflected in the value of the…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on June 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Accelerating Electric Vehicles in Minnesota

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Added by CEE on June 22, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

It’s Time to Replace Your Old Furnace and Air Unit with HVAC System

Eventually, every old furnace and air unit must be replaced by an air conditioning installation service with a new HVAC system. It’s a long-term decision, so you have to approach the issue of maintenance vs. replacement…

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Added by John White on June 22, 2018 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

How Changing Temps Affect Your Home’s Windows

In Colorado, there’s a time-honored saying:

“If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes… it’ll change.”

And that’s amusing to many… but to those of us who’ve lived here for many years, it’s funny because it’s true.

It is not uncommon in Colorado for the temperature to change drastically… and quickly.  Not only can the high temperature be different by twenty or thirty degrees (or more) from one day to the next – it’s not unheard-of for…

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Added by Jay Lillien on June 19, 2018 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Advancing Home Energy Labeling through Data Standardization

Making energy efficiency features visible at the time of home sale is a strategy with transformational potential. If homeowners know that the value of their home is increased by energy efficiency improvements, in the same way that it is enhanced by more visible amenities such as granite countertops, they will be much more likely to invest in those improvements.

HPC believes that providing real estate professionals and appraisers with high-quality information and data about a home’s…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on June 14, 2018 at 11:22am — No Comments

Home Energy Pros Forum Thriving

Home Energy Pros Forum has reached a milestone. We welcomed our 6,000th member to the premier online community for home performance pros! More than 430 new members have joined since the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) took over stewardship of the site on October 1, 2017. Home Energy…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on June 13, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

CEE: Connecting the Dots

From lending to programs for homes and businesses, community engagement, independent research, engineering, and policy efforts, CEE is driven by its mission, moving fast, and constantly picking up steam.



In this video, CEE's president Chris Duffrin dives into a few of our current focus areas and explains what drives our mission work.



(This video serves as a companion piece to CEE's …

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Added by CEE on June 12, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Partners in Energy: July application deadline for free energy-saving program

Xcel Energy is now accepting applications for the next cohort of communities to join Partners in Energy. The deadline for applications is July 13. In communities accepted to the program, a volunteer team of local residents, businesses, and stakeholders will identify a path forward to make…

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Added by CEE on June 8, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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