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The Role of Facebook (& other social media) for HVAC, Home Performance, and Solar

If you are a business owner, no matter the industry, you’ve likely heard armchair marketing advice akin to “Oh, you’ve got to be active on social media these days.” And while this isn’t entirely false for HVAC, home performance and solar companies (we still strongly recommend it and manage social media campaigns for our clients), it’s time to “put…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why

All the solar in the world won't keep you comfortable.

Written because "insulation" and "airtightness" won't officially be mandated by code until the 2015 IECC is adopted here in Hawaii in March 2019, so we have a good…

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Added by Blake Reid on November 5, 2018 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Announcing ComEd and Franklin Energy To Host 2019 HPC National Conference

HPC is honored to announce ComEd Energy Efficiency Program and …

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on October 30, 2018 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Comments by HPC to Support the New Jersey 2019 Energy Master Plan

As leaders in the residential energy efficiency industry, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) responded to the September 2018 request by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) to…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on October 23, 2018 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

By Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety…

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Added by Laurie Guevara-Stone on October 4, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Local Services Ads, Part 1: Where They Are Now (Literally)

We’ve referred to Google Local Services Ads (LSAs) as a “blockbuster product” for the HVAC and home performance industries. And though there have been some early hiccups—e.g., the insulation/handyman mess referenced in our…

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Added by Chris Davis on October 18, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)

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A blower door measures how tight a house is

Air sealing done as part of the install, and after hacking holes into the house (and sealing others), total leakage only increased by 65 CFM50. …

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Added by Blake Reid on October 9, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Redefining Home Performance in the 21st Century, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection

Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy performance to include smart technology, smart homes.  In “Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection,” HPC asserts that America’s…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 4, 2018 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Blower Door Testing Requirement in Collier County, FL

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We recently received a phone call from a contractor in Collier County, FL about the blower door test requirement in his state. We’ve been covering this topic for a while, with the previous update coming from the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF). At that time, BOAF had made a statement that individuals…

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Added by Everblue Training on October 3, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Get a Fast Start on the Fall Season

September has already been a busy month on two critical energy efficiency (EE) issues directly impacting home performance contractors in Connecticut. First, the United States District Court in Hartford heard oral arguments on a lawsuit to restore $145 million on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy funds that were “swept” or taken out of EE program accounts by the Connecticut legislature in 2017. Second, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced a new,…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on September 28, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Why Open Standards Matter for Home Energy Efficiency

This is the first of a new monthly series that will showcase the benefits of HPXML in scaling the home energy efficiency industry by organizations that use the data standard – software companies, utility programs, government, and contractors. Every month, the blog will feature a new writer who will describe their organization or program’s experiences with HPXML, including both the technical and business aspects of HPXML…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on September 27, 2018 at 10:45am — No Comments

More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Grow Homes

Joe Clark and Martha Wudka of Evergreen Economics did a study in which "getting into the weeds (or weed)" was the whole point. Since marijuana is becoming legal in state after state, they wanted to zero in on the energy use in "grow homes". These are homes where residents grow marijuana for personal use. The biggest energy use gain? Lighting to grow the plants indoors.

Here is the abstract from the paper that was presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study of Energy in Buildings,…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 24, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What Sustains US

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…

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Added by Pearl Certification on September 20, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Announcing National Energy Geek Day [October 6]

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!…

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Added by Hannah Finch on September 12, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

What You Missed At The ZNE Retreat

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.…

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Added by Efficiency First California on September 10, 2018 at 11:25am — No Comments

More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Builder-Installed Electric Loads

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…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 6, 2018 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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

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 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

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