A local solar company…
Every locality grapples with its own collection of natural and human caused challenges (and potentially disasters). While most people don’t often think about the connection between property values and water runoff, flooding, heat waves, fires, hurricanes, drought, new power and gas lines, density, open space, access to public…Continue
Added by Pearl Home Certification on September 20, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments
If you know anything about EnergyLogic, you are probably aware that we are fun loving and passionate. We noticed that there are national days for just about everything (no really, National Spaghetti Day is a thing). But somehow, there was no national day to celebrate our industry's professionals. So, we've created National Energy Geek Day!…Continue
Added by Hannah Finch on September 12, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments
It’s amazing how many energy efficiency conferences and workshops have surfaced recently. Sometimes it seems like the dissemination and sharing of EE information has become a standalone industry. These events are often are often sponsored by large corporate donors and may have hundreds of attendees.…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on September 10, 2018 at 11:25am — No Comments
You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them. He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on August 23, 2018 at 11:34am — No Comments
spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.
published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holes…Continue
Added by Blake Reid on August 23, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Pearl Home Certification on August 23, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Pearl Certification are now collaborating to ensure that the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index and Pearl Certification Reports complement each other in the…Continue
Added by Pearl Home Certification on August 28, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 21, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 21, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on August 10, 2018 at 1:50am — No Comments
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,…Continue
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…
Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 6, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Added by CEE on July 31, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on July 10, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments