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Air Conditioning Maintenance: Tips to Make Your AC Ready for Summer

The summer months can be hard on your air conditioner/HVAC system. If you ensure the right air conditioning maintenance for your system on a regular basis, your home will remain comfortable all year long. The key is proper HVAC system…

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Added by John White on August 27, 2018 at 12:20am — 1 Comment

Making old furnaces new again, with innovative retrofits that improve efficiency

Research Insights share findings from CEE's energy efficiency research, drawing real-world links to help Minnesotans save energy and money, while lowering carbon emissions.

Many of the furnaces in Minnesota’s single-family homes are 15 years or older, and…

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Added by CEE on August 24, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Furnace Duct Cleaning: Know About Their Pros and Cons

Your furnace’s ductwork is designed to keep your home at a constant temperature throughout the year. While duct cleaning is essential, there are pros and cons if you are thinking of doing the work. Hiring a professional HVAC technician means that you get fast, efficient,…

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Added by John White on August 24, 2018 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

The Trouble with Holes

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.

published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holes…

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Added by Blake Reid on August 23, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Summer Season Highlights on Home Performance in the States

Although the Summer Season is quickly coming to an end, HPC has seen an unusual amount of positive activity in the states on residential energy efficiency policy – with more deadlines and activities coming through the end of August. HPC and its allies have been particularly active in the following states:

North Carolina – HPC presented at the North Carolina Energy Policy Council’s August 15, 2018, Quarterly meeting in Raleigh, NC on reforming…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on August 23, 2018 at 11:34am — No Comments

The Leading Edge in the Nation’s Capital

Nick knows homes. Several years ago, he started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He also helped modify a home that was part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a competition for students to design and build high-performance buildings powered by renewable energy. On top of that, he’s built six passive houses. So when Nick decided to create an addition to his own home in Washington DC, he was naturally committed to transforming it into a…

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Added by Pearl Certification on August 23, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why You Need To Think About New Kitchen Renovation?

Renovating one’s kitchen is widely considered to be a sound investment with the potential in yielding an array of design and monetary benefits. One of the cardinal rules vis-à-vis the renovation of your kitchen is being methodical and detail-oriented. Every facet of the implementation strategy must go according to plan and no imperfections should be shown. It is of note that there are many prominent and new kitchen renovation agencies in Cape…

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Added by Alfie Davis on August 23, 2018 at 8:13am — No Comments

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

Two-thirds of US homeowners consider home energy performance a top priority, but few actually take action to improve home energy use. And those who have implemented efficiency improvements seldom invest in whole-home energy upgrades. In sum, a large gap exists between intentions and…

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Added by Laurie Guevara-Stone on August 22, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Two Friends of Summer Study



The following profile first appeared in the
Grapevine, a daily newsletter produced by Home Energy Magazine staff at the biannual ACEEE Summer Study in Buildings, heald at the beautiful…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 21, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Historic Home Gets a Remodel

By Steve Sokolsky

If you’re a homeowner, whom do you call when you find mold in a closet and on the ceiling of a bathroom? How about when paint starts peeling on your dining room wall? Whom do you call when there’s standing water in your crawl space? Whom do you think to contact when it’s getting harder and…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 21, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Importance of keeping Professionally Trained Gas Line Installation Technicians happy and loving their jobs!

Our company is very much a family to us, we strive to bring in and develop great people into great talent within our chosen profession. We've been extremely lucky over the years to find some real all stars, not only all stars on the job but all stars as people as well. Our company wouldn't be what or where it is today without our team, we can't thank them enough.…

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Added by Matt Peterson on August 15, 2018 at 2:09pm — No Comments

HERS Rater Training Discount ($200) Ends August 20th!

Online: September 17-28th (Times TBA)

Classroom: October 1-5th in Manchester, NH

Full fee: $2595 Register by August 20th and save $200!

Final Registration Deadline September 4th. 

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Added by Laurie DiDonato on August 13, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

Top Reasons to Consider Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

You expect a lot out of your HVAC system throughout the seasons. You want cold air in the summer and warm air in the winter. To boost the functioning of your HVAC system all year long and to catch any potential problems at the onset, it is recommended to schedule…

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Added by John White on August 10, 2018 at 2:15am — 1 Comment

On-The-Job Experience: Why Electrification Is Better And Cheaper

Sean Armstrong is the Managing Principal of Redwood Energy, one of the nation’s leading ZNE design firms and an Efficiency First California board member. His argument for electrification is based on his extensive experience in multifamily housing. 

The conventional wisdom is that when it comes to home heating, gas is cheap. So why is the trend toward building all-electric homes accelerating?

It turns out…

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Added by Efficiency First California on August 10, 2018 at 1:50am — No Comments

She Cut Her Energy Bills by 69% & Got to Pearl Gold

When discussing cutting energy consumption, but still staying cool in the hot summer months in Arizona, Jan tells her clients to first get an energy audit. "That's going to be a whole system approach to looking at every facet of your home.” The energy audit will check "insulation,…

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Added by Pearl Certification on August 7, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Some "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study! PV Marries Heat Pump, by Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center



Reducing energy use for heating hot water remains a major challenge around the world. This paper describes a novel solar photovoltaic assisted heat pump water heater (PV-HPWH) which achieved an 83% reduction (COP 5.4) in water heating energy compared with electric resistance. This technology demonstrates…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 6, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to Reduce Indoor Allergens and Enhance Air Quality in Your Home

Indoor allergens can cause a variety of health problems. The presence of such contaminants often means your home needs air-duct cleaning. Over time, these passages collect dust, pollen, and other harmful particles. Read more to know how you can tackle the indoor allergens through in-depth air-duct…

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Added by John White on August 3, 2018 at 2:43am — 1 Comment

Venting a conditioned attic

Should we ventilate?

How much should we ventilate?

Should we use and HRV/ERV?

Should the ventilation be balanced, negative or positive?

Are there any research projects on venting a conditioned attic?

Thanks is advance for opinions and data

Added by Andy Wahl on August 2, 2018 at 12:40am — 1 Comment

Engineering for Energy Efficiency

CEE helps building owners and managers better understand and optimize their energy use to improve the operation of equipment and systems, reduce energy waste, and manage long-term sustainability…
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Added by CEE on July 31, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Something New (Solar) and Something Old (Wood Stoves) get Jim’s Home to Pearl Gold

Jim Pearl Gold home is so snug and energy efficient that in the winter he heats the home with wood and powers it entirely with solar panels.

Jim designed his new home in central Virginia with energy efficiency in mind. It’s very high performing with spray-in foam insulation, high-end windows and doors, excellent heating and cooling systems, an intentionally designed southwest orientation, and large overhangs on the…

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Added by Pearl Certification on July 26, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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