After a very productive 7 years of growing the Home Energy Pros network, our long-standing financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy for this activity has come to an end. We’ve garnered 5,500 members, who have collectively generated thousands of pages of crowd-sourced content and discussion (more on that here). Over 3 million non-members have viewed the information. Unfortunately, networks like this don't run themselves: resources are required to moderate posts in a timely fashion, process new member applications, field and troubleshoot user issues, keep the supporting Facebook and Twitter feeds going, and cover administrative and IT costs. We have been searching high and low for new ways to continue providing this free service to the marketplace, so far without success.
So, we need to put the network into “sleep mode” until further notice. This will take effect this coming October 1st. Our plan is to close the network to new members and posting/commenting, but keep the legacy content “live” on the web so that members and visitors have continued access to all the existing material. You may want to save copies your own content for additional safe-keeping. All URLs should continue working. If a new sponsor emerges, we will reopen the network at that time.
It never would have been possible for Home Energy Pros to grow into such a vast and vibrant network without the good-spirited, creative, and smart day-to-day moderation by Diane Chojnowski together with the engagement and excellent content provided by Tom White, Macie Melendez, and others from Home Energy team. Lawrence Berkeley Labs' design and tech support people have also come to the rescue on more than one occasion, and a number of my colleagues here at LBNL have contributed thoughtful commentary over the years as well. DOE has been generous in their long-standing financial support. Above all, thanks to our members, who made Home Energy Pros what it is.
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It would be useful for posterity to have your feedback on how the network has served you in the past. Feel free to post your thoughts and comments below. We also welcome ideas on how we might keep this going. Strategies such as charging member fees or selling advertising have been considered but are not practical or allowable within our institutional context.
Home Energy Pros Founder