All Blog Posts Tagged 'energy' (217)

A Comprehensive Content Strategy: Creating Content That Supports a New Service Launch

With so much product innovation happening in HVAC and solar, many companies are adding new services like battery storage or ductless heat pumps. With all the coordination and planning it takes to purchase the correct equipment, polish off your certifications, and nail down pricing, it is easy to forget that your website should reflect your new…

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Added by Energy Circle on December 6, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line

By Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this way?

A recent Rocky Mountain Institute report,…

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Added by Rebecca Cole on November 27, 2018 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Why Are Images Important for SEO? Optimizing Your Website’s Images for GKP and SERP

If you caught our webinar a couple weeks back, then you probably heard us hinting at how the images on your website and in your Google Knowledge Panel can have a major impact on how potential customers view you as a business. If you want to…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:31pm — No Comments

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 — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

Adding Value to Contractors’ Work in the Mortgage Market

 

Home Performance Coalition, with the Appraisal Institute, is working to increase demand for residential energy efficiency by ensuring that the improvements people make to their homes – largely completed by contractors – are accurately reflected in the value of the…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on June 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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

Harness high-efficiency LEDs to create the perfect feel for any space

The Department of Energy projects that by the year 2027, LEDs could result in nationwide savings of $30 billion, making them a practical, energy-saving option for both residential and commercial buildings. With a…

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Added by CEE on March 29, 2018 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Permit me to Explain--by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Looking to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Healthy? Building Scientists Say ‘Air Seal First. See Your House as a System & Look Up in the Attic.’

Caption:  Average monthly energy bills are $14 at the Villas at Rocketts Landing,  DOE's  2017, Housing Innovation Award Winner, thanks to a combination of solar power, tight construction, air sealing and innovation HVAC system placement and insulation. 

Building scientists are a data-driven skeptical bunch. When…

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Added by Ian Halpern on February 28, 2018 at 10:40am — 6 Comments

6 Tips to Pick Out The Best Solar Outdoor Lights

You have a beautiful home in Florida and plan to add a little sparkle to your front garden, patio, driveway, or backyard. It is your peaceful haven, where you have been living for years and now want to add some subtle yet dramatic changes with outdoor solar lighting. It is nothing but adding a figment of your creativity and imagination to your lawn or balcony where you love to breathe the fresh air after a hard day at work. Fortunately, the local weather in the…

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Added by Sara Watson on February 20, 2018 at 5:58am — No Comments

Rebuilding America and the “New Normal” of Resilience

By Radhika Lalit and Kelly Vaughn

This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.

In fact, the damage from…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on December 13, 2017 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)

It can get cold in Hawaii.  I know, I know.  I've been hearing it forever:

  • "My year in Hawaii we lived happily with no heat..."
  • "Winter is Not Coming"…
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Added by Blake Reid on December 11, 2017 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Strategies for Hiring and Interviewing for Home Performance Professionals

Hire slow and fire fast.  It’s a phrase that experienced managers and human resources professionals live by because many of us have learned the hard way that it only takes one bad hire to put your business into DEFCON Red Alert mode, which unfortunately tends to last weeks or even months after the event.  Certainly, robust training programs, quality assurance, employee perks, good pay and an encouraging work environment all contribute to a company’s success, but it’s the human element, the…

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Added by David Byrnes on November 19, 2017 at 1:01am — No Comments

MPG for Homes - The Quest for the Best

An mpg-like rating for homes is here. For the first time in history, people can find out the expected energy use of any home in the U.S. This single piece of information conveys helpful insights including the expected cost of maintaining a home, the environmental impact of the home, and a proxy for how comfortable the home is likely to be. This information will become more widely available from more sources as…

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Added by Jacob Corvidae on October 9, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

How To Approach A Home Energy Design Scenario

  When you look at the way air conditioners work in terms of their efficiency, which is to say in terms of the amount of electrical power that is expend to remove a certain quantity of thermal energy in Btu terms, you realize that the air conditioner is much more energy efficient than a furnace.  And hence the concept of the heat pump as a heating system was born from the air conditioner concept because of the efficiency.  What…
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Added by Dannie Jackson on September 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Race to the Top in Home Energy Performance Data: Why It Pays to Go First

Download RMI’s latest report, An MPG for Homes: Driving Visible Value for Home Energy Performance in Real Estate.

There is tremendous risk and reward to being a first mover. News that Tesla…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on September 25, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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