By Radhika Lalit and Kelly Vaughn
This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.
In fact, the damage from…Continue
Added by Kelly Vaughn on December 13, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments
In the middle of a cold, unforgiving winter, a thermostat may be the most crucial device in any New England home. Modern technology provides a wealth of products when it comes to heating controls. Recently, smart thermostats have risen in popularity and have proven to be a valuable choice for homeowners that seek efficiency and convenience.
A smart thermostat integrates with WiFi and your smartphone device in order to control your heating system…Continue
Added by HomeWiz on December 13, 2017 at 1:08pm — No Comments
There are so many insulation contractors out there who state that they can only help their customers with basic techniques and insulation processes, but it is finally the client who needs to adopt some healthy practices for getting lower energy and money bills for their home. Radiant barriers, attic insulation are…
Added by Energy Home Pros on December 13, 2017 at 12:20am — No Comments
A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating degree-days (HDD), cooling degree-days (CDD), and HDD + CDD across the United States during the historical period 1981–2010 and the future period 2080–2099 predicts that New York City weather will become more like today’s Oklahoma City weather and Seattle’s will become more like present day San…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Recently I wrote a blog about the October 2017 firestorms in Northern California. I live and work in the city of Sonoma and was directly affected by the fires. My family and I evacuated our home and waited out the fires on safer grounds until the danger passed. We are OK, life has resumed, but the impact on the region will last for several years.
In my last post, I wrote about how air quality was impacted in the area, and how people responded by using N95 face masks…Continue
Northern California’s wine country lies about 45 miles North of San Francisco. There are two prominent valleys, lauded for their beauty and serenity, with rich soils and the perfect climate for growing grapes. The region produces some of the finest wines in the world.
I live and work in the town of…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on December 12, 2017 at 3:41pm — No Comments
It can get cold in Hawaii. I know, I know. I've been hearing it forever:
There may be much confusion as to where vapor barriers are placed in building systems. Some people think that it really doesn’t matter just where these are installed whereby others believe that it really does matter. A critical factor determining the vapor barrier placement is where the building is located; in Northern Climates where heating is the main concern and in Southern Climates where air conditioning is the concern. We…Continue
Added by John Krochmalny on December 11, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?” asked Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University.
Putting on or taking off articles of clothing works to keep a body cool or warm within a certain temperature range; outside that range we rely on heating systems and A/C to keep us comfortable. But what if one garment did both the heating and the cooling?
Cui’s colleague and postdoctoral fellow…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 30, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
HPC, formerly ACI, is excited to come back to Saragota Springs for 2 days of sessions, exhibits and networking. HPC brings together industry leaders, fellow weatherization professionals, home performance contracting businesses, program administrators, and others working in…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 30, 2017 at 10:24am — No Comments
Added by Dannie Jackson on November 23, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments
According to the IICRC S520 “Molds are microorganisms that utilize organic substrates as nutrient sources in the presence of moisture.” Well, to put it more simply: molds are little organisms that like to grow on wet, organic materials (A.K.A. wood floors, dirt, and drywall).
Mold doesn't grow on inorganic materials; However, it can grow on the dirt present on the…Continue
Added by Summer Reyes on November 22, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Hire slow and fire fast. It’s a phrase that experienced managers and human resources professionals live by because many of us have learned the hard way that it only takes one bad hire to put your business into DEFCON Red Alert mode, which unfortunately tends to last weeks or even months after the event. Certainly, robust training programs, quality assurance, employee perks, good pay and an encouraging work environment all contribute to a company’s success, but it’s the human element, the…Continue
Added by David Byrnes on November 19, 2017 at 1:01am — No Comments
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), there are millions of workers in the country creating homes that are more energy efficient, and safer and more comfortable to live in. In fact, the Department of Energy puts that number at more than 2-million people working for energy…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 15, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments
You know water is somewhere on the property, you can smell the mildew, but can't determine the source of the leak. So how do you find water that you can't see? As a water damage restoration company, one of our most important tools in our arsenal is an FLIR camera, or an infrared camera. …Continue
Added by Summer Reyes on November 10, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
From the OmStout Blog
My experience has shown that focusing on payback is usually one of the least effective ways to motivate homeowners to invest in projects that save energy. Other motivators like comfort, healthier homes, lower bills (yes,…Continue
Added by Mike Rogers on November 9, 2017 at 12:54pm — No Comments
There is a growing number of labels, scores, and certifications in the market today that assign a metric of performance to existing and new homes that include energy efficiency features. Some residential scores and labels are national, like Home Energy Score, but many are local or regional, like our friends at Pearl Home Certification (which you can read more…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 9, 2017 at 8:47am — No Comments
October will long be remembered in Northern California, where wildfires destroyed over 8,000 structures, killed scores, and forever changed Sonoma and Napa counties. Survivors face new threats and hazards seldom addressed in design-build magazines and chat rooms.
We instinctually fear flames from…Continue
Rulemaking Docket on Senate Bill 150 (2017) - Docket No. 17-08023
Nevada has enacted exciting new legislation to reform and modernize its energy efficiency programs. On October 24, 2017, HPC filed comments on Docket No. 17-08023 – to help the Nevada Public Utilities Commission begin implementation of SB 150, the Nevada Energy Efficiency Act.
As Nevada begins the implementation of SB 150, HPC respectfully requested that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 1, 2017 at 1:41pm — No Comments
Kicking off this fabulous conference and trade show in Long Beach with keynote speaker, Commissioner Andrew McAllister of @CalEnergy. We'll be chalk full of Tacks, Sessions, Exhibits and the Boot Camp.
This conference is going to rock!
In addition, we have some deals! Save $50 with HPC's hotel room block rate. If you're a…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on October 31, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments