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How Change Happens in Home Performance

I was reviewing an article in Home Energy by Steve Mann that came out in the January/February issue (“DOE’s Challenge Home,” p. 6). He wrote on the latest iteration of DOE’s Challenge Home Program. Steve points out, in his usual insightful and articulate way, what he sees as the strengths and weakness of this program. I hope you’ve read it, or will read it. Send us your comments by email, or on the Home Energy website.

Reading Steve’s article made me think, “Wow, do…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 6, 2014 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Ode to Efficiency

Ode to Efficiency

The cellulose was blown in the attic with care

In hopes a cold winter soon would be there

The leaks and the cracks and the holes are all foamed

Plugging up spaces…

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Added by Matthew Damon on January 2, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine

The January/February 2014 issue of Home Energy magazine officially kicks off our 30th year in print. In commemoration of our 30 years we will be reprinting some of our earliest articles. We hope that these articles are both entertaining and informative.

This first…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 2, 2014 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments

How Not to Handle PR For Your Energy Audit Company

I recently published an article on Green ID's home energy blog and in the DOE's Home Energy Pros on an energy efficiency product, giving a review of its effectiveness and ideal situations. The review was not a negative one but I did point out some weak areas of the product. The review made it on Home Energy Pros featured blogs and caught the eyes of the CEO of the product. He was obviously concerned about any negative press because he contacted me through…

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Added by David Byrnes on January 1, 2014 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Equipment to buy NOW

HI, I am looking for:
Minneapolis blower door with DG700 manometer
Minneapolis duct blaster with DG700 manometer
Carbon Monoxide Meters BACHARACH III
Combustible Gas Leak Detectors BACHARACH
I need to buy everything in the next 2 weeks. You can reach me at alfredo@e3-elements.com

Added by Alfredo Baccari on December 26, 2013 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

A(n Energy Efficient) Night Before Christmas

It seems like every one and their brother has a Night Before Christmas parody. Mine appeared in fragments on Twitter a short while ago, during an odd moment of creative inspiration, and would’ve been completely lost to Twistory, had it not been for my good friend Sean Lintow Sr.…

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Added by John Poole on December 23, 2013 at 1:37pm — 5 Comments

One Story Among Many at Home Energy Magazine

On November 1, 2013, Home Energy began its 30th year in existence. The story telling will begin officially in our January/February 2014 issue, when, along with a lot of new content and some new features, we reprise an article from our first issue—on the energy efficient use of water beds! Unofficially, the storytelling has already begun.

Home Energy began in an office at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a few years ago we moved our shop down the hill to West…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 18, 2013 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

“Weatherization Drives New Technology and the Home Performance Industry,” hosted by NASCSP, brought a full house of movers and shakers to the White House to demonstrate WAP’s technical innovations, leadership in the home performance industry, and role as a go-to partner for utility and other partnership projects. Brad Penney, on behalf of NASCSP, opened the event and thanked the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 13, 2013 at 12:18pm — 14 Comments

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

[Cross-posted from the Home Energy magazine blog]

ACI hosted its Regional Home Performance Conference (#acica13) in La Jolla, Calif. last month for approximately 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This event comes at a critical juncture as the second phase of Energy Upgrade California (the first was during the ARRA Recovery Act period) is currently ramped up by the Regional Area Networks, the new configuration of…

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Added by Tom White on December 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The EPA and MIT Conclude that we should Stop all Activity!

According to the U.S.E.P.A., 

  • Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil), solid waste, trees and wood products, and also as a result of certain chemical reactions (e.g., manufacture of cement). Carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere (or "sequestered") when it is absorbed by plants as part of the biological carbon cycle.
  • Methane is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and…
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Added by Tom DelConte on December 12, 2013 at 8:32am — No Comments

Welcome to my blog

My idea of a blog isn't so much writing knowledgeably on a topic for other people to benefit from, but a personal journal of my professional experiences.  I've been an Energy Auditor for almost two years and so I plan to blog about all the things I do wrong and don't know.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Yeah, and my blog is SO not public.  :-)

Added by Teresa Coffman on December 9, 2013 at 7:45pm — No Comments

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

by Tara Taffera

December 3rd, 2013

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

I don’t know about you but I am sick of hearing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and am glad these are over. What I am more interested in is how companies contributed to recent events such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday.

I wrote my …

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Added by Tony Ramirez on December 3, 2013 at 11:25pm — 1 Comment

How to Safely Handle CFLs

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are one of the most popular energy-saving options because they emit as much light as a traditional bulb but use less energy. As simple as it may be to change a light bulb, there are some safety precautions that must be adhered to in order for the CFL to be an effective, safe, environmentally friendly option. Here are a few things you need to know when…

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Added by Everblue Training on December 2, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Does Aeroseal work? An auditors review

Aeroseal is a product that seals small leaks in the ductwork. No attic work is required by the crew to work the equipment. It is monitored by a computer program that tells when the pressure of the ductwork is low enough that most of the leakage has been sealed.



The plus side to Aeroseal is that:



1. It is able to reach inaccessible parts if the attic such as flat roofs.



2. No attic work has to be done.



3. Unlike…

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Added by David Byrnes on November 30, 2013 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

"There can be no Economy where there is no Efficiency", Benjamin Disraeli

  For those who do not know, not that I would expect any of us should, Benjamin was a British Statesman and two-time…

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Added by Christopher Morin on November 25, 2013 at 2:14pm — 3 Comments

What Affects Energy Prices in Texas?

Every homeowner and business owner needs to pay their electric bills but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily enjoy doing so. This is especially true when it seems as if the rates keep rising at certain times of the year. Some people look for ways to reduce their bills, whether by limiting their use of electricity or by switching companies but before doing either of these things, it is important to understand what affects the energy prices in the first place. Prices will vary slightly…

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Added by David Adam on November 21, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Over-sized Equipment No More!

4 or 5 ton systems should be multi-stage...

Despite the passing of…

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Added by Christopher Morin on November 19, 2013 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

Important Tips to Reduce Electricity Cost

Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either.  Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.

 

Get a Smart…

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Added by David Adam on November 19, 2013 at 2:54am — No Comments

Why Are There Hybrid Water Heater 'Studies,' Mommy?

The old MBA technique: make the man go fetch the data, huh? It would be unconscionable to install a piece of equipment in a customer's home that is known by everyone to not be durable: http://www.amazon.com/GE-GeoSpring-Hybrid-Heater-GEH50DNSRSA/produc...  One poor…

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Added by Tom DelConte on November 16, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Air Leakage Testing a New Off-Grid High Performance House

We had the great pleasure of air leakage testing a new off-grid, high performance house last week. It was the most air tight building we’d ever tested!

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Situated on a hill overlooking the sweep of the Saugeen River below.

Builder Steven…

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Added by Greg Labbe on November 12, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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