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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

Is Health The Future of Home Performance?

In a previous blog, The Latest Trend in Home Performance: Why You Should Be Concerned, I expressed some concerns about a recent trend in home performance of contractors focusing on the health…

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Added by Efficiency First California on January 2, 2018 at 8:26pm — 6 Comments

3 Myths About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Misconceptions About Air Quality and Home Performance

Recently I wrote a blog about the October 2017 firestorms in Northern California. I live and work in the city of Sonoma and was directly affected by the fires. My family and I evacuated our home and waited out the fires on safer grounds until the danger passed. We are OK, life has resumed, but the impact on the region will last for several years.

In my last post, I wrote about how air quality was impacted in the area, and how people responded by using N95 face masks…

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Added by Efficiency First California on December 12, 2017 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

Fire, Smoke, and N-95s

Northern California’s wine country lies about 45 miles North of San Francisco. There are two prominent valleys, lauded for their beauty and serenity, with rich soils and the perfect climate for growing grapes. The region produces some of the finest wines in the world.

I live and work in the town of…

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Added by Efficiency First California on December 12, 2017 at 3:41pm — No Comments

The Latest Trend in Home Performance: Why You Should Be Concerned

For the past couple of years there has been a lot of conversation in the industry about indoor air quality and the health benefits of home performance upgrades. Even the certification folks have jumped on the bandwagon, offering special certifications for home inspections that focus on health and indoor…

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Added by Efficiency First California on September 21, 2017 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

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

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

Building a Clean Energy Future, Respect for the People Who Will Build It

What a dream job should look like

You don’t need to spend a great of time deal in the policy world before you hear a conversation about workforce development. In fact, the Energy Upgrade California incentive program was originally created as a workforce development solution. Flashback to 2008, the Great Recession: contractors were out of work and the economy was in a downward spiral. The incoming Obama administration designed a program to stimulate the economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment…

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Added by Efficiency First California on April 25, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments

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Brad Cook replied to Jim Conlon's discussion Insulation Blower Recommendations?
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Brad Cook replied to Jim Conlon's discussion Insulation Blower Recommendations?
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Eric Kjelshus replied to Jim Conlon's discussion Insulation Blower Recommendations?
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John Nicholas replied to Jignesh's discussion Efficiency of furnace
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