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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

Top 5 Ways to Conserve Energy and Save on Your Air Conditioner Bill

Air conditioners are the essential bastions of cool breezes when the mercury skyrockets and the hot summer sun begins to bake down on…

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Added by John White on July 16, 2018 at 1:34am — 1 Comment

The Real Heroes Of Home Performance

In all the discussions about how to best save energy and power the future, people sometimes forget that the clean energy system of tomorrow will be built not on spreadsheets or by some fancy computer modeling tool, but by hardworking crews in the field. These folks often don’t get enough credit for what…

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Added by Efficiency First California on June 5, 2018 at 11:34am — No Comments

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

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

When Good Incentives Go Bad

It’s a common practice to try to encourage or change behavior with incentives. Parents do it all the time. Have you ever agreed to do something for the reward that was promised upon completion? Finished your dinner so you could have ice cream? Or as Pink Floyd famously sang “how can you have any pudding if…

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Added by Efficiency First California on April 11, 2018 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

Advocacy Update: The State of California

We’re taking a departure from the goings on at the state capital and will instead focus on some events that are occurring across the state of California.

The landscape for energy efficiency incentive programs in California is changing. Late last year, a program in Southern California…

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Added by Efficiency First California on March 18, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Get Fire Out Of Our Buildings

There is some debate among scholars over when humans first learned to control fire. A large body of evidence suggests people have been using it for around 600,000 years, but recent discoveries have pushed the date back to as far as 1 million years ago. Regardless of when exactly it started, there is no…

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Added by Efficiency First California on February 28, 2018 at 5:34pm — 6 Comments

Framing production combined with air sealing

Building Tighter Homes with Gasketed Framing

If you follow our blog, you know that we talk quite a bit about building science. In fact, we wrote a primer on how builders can use building science to produce more durable, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes. We also share…

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Added by Michael Schettine on February 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Will Data Save Home Performance?

Having a good way to measure efficiency is valuable to the home performance industry for many reasons. Easy to obtain, low cost, accurate savings data can be used to better educate consumers, close sales and help crews use their time more effectively when installing upgrades. Accurate data enables rebate…

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Added by Efficiency First California on January 29, 2018 at 1:03am — No Comments

Updating Guest Bathroom With Energy Efficient Options

Undergoing a renovation in search of energy efficiency would chill some people to the bone. Not us, we were ready to plan and enact some changes on an outdated bathroom. Follow along and let us hear some of your tips and renovation stories in the comments. 

Wether the implications are that of energy saving for the wealth of the planet, or like…

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Added by Ryan T De La Rosa on January 23, 2018 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Net-Zero Energy Homes at No Additional Up-front Cost

The U.S. residential real estate market is booming, with new home sales steadily rising over the last few years. In March 2017, over 621,000 new single-family homes were sold at a median sales price of $345,800. Imagine if most of these new home developments were…

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Added by Radhika Lalit on October 11, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Will ZNE Transform Energy Efficiency?

There is a lot of conversation these days about making buildings Zero Net Energy (ZNE). The basic idea is that a ZNE house or building produces as much energy as it uses in a year. Early adopters have been interested in ZNE building for years, but its only recently that…

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Added by Efficiency First California on August 8, 2017 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Federal Energy Efficiency on the chopping block!

Up to 40% cuts on the table to EnergyStar and more. Visit http://www.ase.org/Please take action.…

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Added by Will johnson on July 27, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments

It’s Time to Stop Using Fire in Our Homes

At some point in time man gained control over fire. Fire was very useful: it could be used to cook food, provide light, and its heat allowed us to survive in hostile environments.

Thousands of years later, some things haven’t changed much. Whether we have a natural gas or propane furnace or (in some parts of…

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Added by Efficiency First California on July 18, 2017 at 9:39pm — 1 Comment

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental

Image 1: The 100K project was designed to have a widely open concept. The home includes 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The 850 sq ft floor area allows for an open interior feel with maximum utilization of every inch.

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental…

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Added by Luke Langhals on December 22, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Can I know the Advantages of Solar Energy?

Solar energy is the direct answer for those people who are looking for another or an . The source of solar energy is astonishing, and normally requires a single investment. You’ll get almost free and continuous electricity supply throughout your life. Many people have utilized it as a long-standing…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on September 17, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards program recognizes nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes

Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation…

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Added by Michelle Usher on August 15, 2016 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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Added by Hannah Finch on August 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Round-Up, May Special Alert--Efficiency Financing, Elevate SunShot Awardee

Solar Ready with STEP



In an effort to…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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