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Make 2018 The Year You Fear No Power Outage

Get A Back-Up Generator For Your Home’s “Mission Critical” Power Needs

A power outage can wreak havoc around the house.

The juice goes out, and suddenly you’re left without…

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Added by John Oxford on May 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ten Tips for Controlling Moisture Levels in Your Home

By Jeffrey C. May —

Mold can pose serious health risks – especially for people with allergies and asthma. The key to controlling mold growth is reducing moisture, whether from leaks, high humidity or variations in temperature in your home.

Below are ten tips to help you…

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Added by Bob Krell on May 19, 2018 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Fire Alarm Maintenance London – Are You Up To Date?

Commercial building owners should be aware of changes to the standards for fire detection and fire alarm systems that came into force last year (2017). 

The BSI (business standards company) revised its standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems last year. The new changes apply to the standard, BS 5839-1:2017, which covers the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm…

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Added by Leona Zoey on May 18, 2018 at 9:39am — No Comments

Kilauea, vog, and IAQ

Been fielding a few questions about vog lately:

http://www.terrawatthome.com/news/2018/05/16/what-you-can-do-about-vog

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"Vog is a form of air pollution that results when…

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Added by Blake Reid on May 17, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

House and Home: the New Pattern Language

For years now, many of the most connected North American housing professionals have derived inspiration and guidance from A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, the seminal handbook to community and housing design that was authored by Christopher Alexander…

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Added by Chris Dorsi on May 16, 2018 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Clarity begins at home: CEE turns microscope on itself for plug load study

Read the original post at https://www.mncee.org/blog/september-2016/clarity-begins-at-home-cee-turns-microscope-on-it/

CEE’s research team explores and identifies cost-effective…

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Added by CEE on May 14, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pearl’s CEO Receives the Industry’s Highest Award

On April 24, 2018, Pearl CEO Cynthia Adams received the prestigious Linda Wigington Leadership Award at the 2018 National Home Performance Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Cynthia was introduced to the audience as a change agent, community advocate and industry mentor.

“Cynthia, the impressive work you did at LEAP and now with Pearl Certification stood out to us as truly worthy of our highest honor. The work being done at Pearl is changing the relationship between…

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Added by Pearl Certification on May 10, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

#HPC18 - The 2018 National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show In Review

At this year's national conference and trade show we networked, learned, laughed and grew! Thank you for sharing your week with us.

To recap, together we:

  • tested and learned about products
  • attended tracks and session on a…
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Added by Home Performance Coalition on May 10, 2018 at 8:33am — No Comments

CEE’s Megan Hoye highlighted among influential women in energy

Read the full blog post on cleanenergyresourceteams.org

During Women's History Month, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) highlights influential women who work to advance Minnesota's clean energy industry. This year …

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Added by CEE on May 9, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Highlights from the 2018 HPC National Home Performance Conference in Philadelphia

This year’s HPC National Home Performance Conference was a rich ground for learning, meeting old friends and new, and gathering good blog material!

The sessions I attended on Health and Housing were fantastic. It’s good to see the home performance community becoming more and more identified…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 1, 2018 at 4:18pm — 1 Comment

The Best Energy Source For Our Future

WE NEED TO TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY

When it comes to energy, society is at a crossroads. Our existing supplies are heavily based on fossil fuels, a limited and dirty solution. There is no question that we must transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Fortunately, there are alternatives…

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Added by Efficiency First California on May 1, 2018 at 3:59pm — No Comments

How to Choose the Right HVAC Contractor for Your Residential Complex

If you own a residential complex, you can’t leave your HVAC responsibilities to just anyone. You need to hire a residential HVAC contractor who is capable of servicing a large number of units and making sure each one continues to run smoothly.

Read on to learn more about selecting the right HVAC contractor for your residential complex.

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Added by John White on May 1, 2018 at 12:56am — 1 Comment

The Math on Solar Hot Water in Hawaii

I got a question from a PV salesperson about SHW, went to energy code trainings and SHW came up, and have been reminded a lot lately that SHW is a viable option. I had to write it down to organize it before it all went away. Here in Hawaii, passive solar systems are prevalent because we don't have to worry about freezing so much. We also have $0.34/kWh electricity on the Big Island.

link to blog:…

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Added by Blake Reid on April 30, 2018 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Lending Center offers renovation financing for homes and businesses

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Added by CEE on April 26, 2018 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Home Energy Savings In An Unlikely Place

When thinking of the best way to save mother nature, it's likely that the last thing on your mind would be a gutter system. Well, surprise, maybe it's time to get out there and not only clean that gutter system but perhaps install a water storage system to make better use of water resources in your city. 

Many homeowners interested in the practice of permaculture find that saving water, heat, and land to be amongst the most important factors in sustainability. 

Permaculture is…

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Added by Ryan T De La Rosa on April 25, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Joint Letter to MN House in opposition to CIP changes

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Added by CEE on April 23, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Silver Bullet to Zero Energy Affordability, by Paul Springer

 

Hint: It’s not solar or storage...

 

Before solving the above scenario, the key assumptions are as follows:

  • Both houses are identical in location, design, and orientation
  • Location is Arizona, or Climate Zone 5
  • Size of home is 1900 square feet
  • New construction and meets minimum 2009 IECC requirements, or an estimated annual…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 19, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Launch of the e21 Initiative Website

Read the original post at https://www.mncee.org/news/march-2018/launch-of-the-e21-initiative-website/

Minnesota’s e21 Initiative, coordinated by CEE and Great…

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Added by CEE on April 17, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

Earn Professional CEUs by Attending a Conference on Your Computer?

This Changes Everything!

IAQ & Energy 2018 is the industry’s first hybrid Live In-person/Online event! We’re taking the MIAQC’s 19th annual regional conference to new levels, with an expanded group of…

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Added by Bob Krell on April 14, 2018 at 9:27pm — No Comments

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