All Blog Posts Tagged 'Home' (44)

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

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

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

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

HPC RELEASES THE 2018 New York Regional Home Performance Conference AGENDA

HPC, formerly ACI, is excited to come back to Saragota Springs for 2 days of sessions, exhibits and networking. HPC brings together industry leaders, fellow weatherization professionals, home performance contracting businesses, program administrators, and others working in…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 30, 2017 at 10:24am — No Comments

Advanced Combustion Safety Testing 1-Day Course Friday December 2, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Prevention is the key to avoiding Carbon Monoxide hazards in the home. Each year thousands of people in the United States become ill or die from CO poisoning. Without full CO safety and combustion diagnostics, there is no way of…

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Added by Joe Konopacki on November 15, 2016 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Healthy Home Evaluator Training

Fall River, MA     October 13, 2016

For two days – November 15th and 16th - Paul Raymer of Heyoka Solutions will be teaching a pilot of the BPI HHE course at the Fall River campus of…

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Added by Paul Raymer on October 20, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments

A perfect Guide to Home Reroofing

It all starts with a roof. You want to choose a roof that lasts long, improves your home’s efficiency and comfort and reduces the heat effect. Roofs are the biggest challenge for the heating and cooling system of any home. A poorly insulated roof will require more air conditioning in the summer and more heating in the winter. So while re-roofing a residence, it’s advised to do things as sustainably as possible. You can acquire construction roofing services of any contractor, but it’s good to…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on September 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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

Addison Homes Wins Bridge Award for Green Building

Addison Homes won the Southern Home & Garden Bridge Award for Green Building for the third consecutive year.

Produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville and the Sales & Marketing…

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Added by Michelle Usher on March 23, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Home Energy Efficiency, Meet Real Estate: A 2015 Year in Review and a Forecast for the Future

A lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate.

First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 25, 2016 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home

  • One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Solar Panel Stories

If the grid goes down (power company) will I lose power? My Aunt is on a ventilator. It goes down she dies. Your answer will be appreciated. Please be precise in your response. 

This is a question for all in home patients. Who has the answer?

I understand the Solar Companies in Las Vegas were run out of town due to some laws that made a monopoly…

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Added by John Kaye on February 16, 2016 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

When You Help the Environment, Make Sure You're Helping Yourself!

Being environmentally conscious is important, but watching your personal health at the same time should go hand in hand. I often see people partaking in forms of environmental activism (public demonstrations, certain diets, abstaining from brands or products that harm the environment) without properly making an effort to take care of themselves in the process. Some of the things they sacrifice do provide things that are good for you, and when cutting out certain habits or…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on December 17, 2015 at 5:58pm — No Comments

‘Upstate Under Construction’ Profiles Zero Energy Ready Home with Healthy Indoor Air

Addison Homes made the Winter edition of “Upstate Under Construction,” a GSA Business feature that spotlights development across the Upstate South Carolina region.

This brick-and-stone traditional…

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Added by Michelle Usher on December 16, 2015 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.

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This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 9:08am — 4 Comments

7 Safety Tips for Home Heating Systems

It's quite impossible to survive during those chilly winter nights without a proper home heating system. After all, this is what keeps you comfortable during those days when the temperature takes a dip. Quite unfortunately, most of the home fires occur due to malfunctioning of the heating systems. At times, this also occurs due to a fire triggered by a heating system that hasn’t been maintained properly. This is why it's advisable to keep the home heating system in a sound condition, in…

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Added by SmithWatson on October 29, 2015 at 8:12am — No Comments

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1950s Home Retrofit to Super Efficient Passive House - Urban Green Building

This 1950s Montreal house was retrofitted to become a super efficient passive house by adding a 16 inch thick layer of cellulose insulation to the exterior. Maison Ozalée's builder, Richard Price from Construction Le Tournesol, also used triple…
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