During the winter months, it’s not uncommon to see articles about the benefits of home energy audits, especially as a solution to controlling energy bills while maintaining thermal comfort.
But home energy audits serve another purpose year-round: saving lives.
During a home energy audit, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified professional uses building science principles and diagnostic testing to solve heating, cooling, and air leakage…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on February 20, 2019 at 1:22pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Energy Circle on December 6, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Rebecca Cole on November 27, 2018 at 3:11pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Laurie Guevara-Stone on October 4, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on October 3, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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 actual…Continue
Air conditioners are the essential bastions of cool breezes when the mercury skyrockets and the hot summer sun begins to bake down on…Continue
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 home.
Added by Home Performance Coalition on June 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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 the…Continue
Added by John Oxford on May 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Chris Stratton and Wen Lee…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Sara Watson on February 20, 2018 at 5:58am — No Comments
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…Continue
It can get cold in Hawaii. I know, I know. I've been hearing it forever:
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…Continue
Added by David Byrnes on November 19, 2017 at 1:01am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Dannie Jackson on September 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments