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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

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

Spray Foam Insulation In a Cement Block Home?

So you’ve heard about spray foam insulation, but you live in a block home. This makes you wonder, is it even possible to have spray foam in a cement block home? What about in an older home?



The answer is YES!



The ideal way to install spray foam insulation in a cement block home is during construction. This allows professional installers direct access to the empty concrete block cells that will be filled with the spray foam…

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Added by Green ID on June 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Chicago's Micro Market Recovery Program

micro market recovery program target areas Elevate Energy has helped hundreds of homeowners improve their buildings and reduce high utility bills through energy efficiency upgrades, with the important added benefits of strengthening communities and keeping housing affordable. One way that we do this is through the City of Chicago’s…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 2, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Video and Course on Solar PV in Real Estate

Real estate professionals who understand the basics of solar and know how to market the benefits of an installation will have a market edge. For most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new frontier. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Elevate Energy is creating two online Continuing Education courses. Both classes will be…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 16, 2017 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Let’s Party! A New Way to Learn About Home Energy Use

We went to the best house party—no, not an all-night blow-out, but a small get-together hosted by real estate broker Dan Razowsky. This particular house party was to help Dan, his parents, and their friends become more educated about energy use and energy efficiency in their homes, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

At an Elevate Energy house…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on March 10, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Healthy Homes, Healthy Families: Elevator Chris Steinhoff is Leading the Way

In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to the people we serve, especially low-income populations, Elevate is working towards identifying and solving home-based health hazards that we discover while doing energy efficiency work. These home-base health hazards are often a barrier to weatherization for our low- to moderate-income homeowners. To support this work,…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on October 28, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

How to Save Energy and Make an Older Home More Livable

Do you live in an older home? Many of us here at Indow do and so we appreciate the charm but also understand persistent challenges like energy loss.  Fortunately, you make your home more comfortable when you take steps to save energy with things like air sealing gaps and cracks in your windows,…

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Added by Carrie Sturrock on September 20, 2016 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

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

The Cabin: A Friend of the Environment and a Sustainable Home

When most people think of the cabin, they think of that classic log home.  They think of the wood stove and fireplace, the rustic décor, and the uncertainty of indoor plumbing.  All reasonable and expected thoughts.  Visually, the cabin hasn’t changed much over the years, depending, of course, on what you consider a cabin.  Most people consider the cabin to be a structure made from timber surrounding it, or at least made to look like it was made from that timber.  In any case, while the…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on August 15, 2016 at 9:03am — No Comments

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on August 10, 2016 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.

Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.

Our Perception

Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Energy Burden by Income

It’s no surprise that household energy expenditures put a considerable burden on low- to middle-income families, and a study correlated this impact by measuring the correlation between income and morbidity due to extreme heat or cold.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection published the results of the study that analyzed data between 2006 and 2010. The study analyzed morbidity rates due simply to extreme temperatures. They found that counties throughout the U.S. that…

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Added by jackie harsha on June 5, 2016 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

Millennials Want to Take Part in Clean Energy Initiatives, But...



One of the biggest praises that you see given to Millennials is that they are leading the charge in the green energy movement, that they are concerned with the environment and the state of the planet, and that they are determined to instigate changes that better the rest of the world. The…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on April 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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