July 2019 Blog Posts (25)

Introducing our new Director of Membership!

We’re delighted to introduce you to Kim Dresser, Building Performance Association’s new Director of Membership. Leslie Jackson of Home Energy Magazine got to sneak an interview on the phone with her between meetings, from her Tampa, Florida, home.

Leslie Jackson: What led you on the path of working in the association profession?

Kim Dresser: What…


Added by Building Performance Association on July 30, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Digital Systems and Integration

Digital Systems and Integration


Added by Guest Post on July 29, 2019 at 9:44am — No Comments

Performance and Maintenance of Solar Panels in Cold Climates

Due to the increase in global warming developed countries like Australia, USA and developing countries like India, China has started installing solar panels as these panels are the biggest source of renewable energy. Another reason for installing solar panels is they save lots of money in the long term and save the environment too. But some people who live in a colder climate has a concern regarding the performance and maintenance of solar panels in cold…


Added by Future Solar WA on July 29, 2019 at 4:53am — 1 Comment

Smart Thermostats: All That You Need to Know

Thermostats have evolved substantially over the years in terms of their technology and design. They have changed from old manual dial thermostats to programmable thermostats, which has paved the way for smart thermostats. Read on to learn why you should consider smart thermostats for your home.

What Are Smart Thermostats?

These are intelligent devices that allow you to control the vital functions of your air conditioner from anywhere on any smart devices like tablets or…


Added by John White on July 29, 2019 at 2:11am — 2 Comments

Utilizing Case Studies to Set Your Business Apart

By Jake Van Paepeghem

We hear it consistently here at Energy Circle — one of the most rewarding aspects of working in the business of energy efficiency is improving the lives of real-life homeowners and business owners within a given community. In the HVAC, home…


Added by Emily Ambrose on July 26, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Garage Door Openers You Can Trust!

South Caroline residents can now save themselves the energy they usually spend on opening and closing the garage doors of their homes manually with the economical installation of smart residential garage door openers.

Garage doors are said to be the herald of the safety and the sophistication of our abodes. With everything around us getting smarter, only a handful of people would be surprised at the…


Added by Ashton Pitt on July 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How Many Hours-of-Safety Do Our Homes Have in Extreme Weather?

How many people in your community are at risk during extreme weather events? The heat waves wracking the nation right now can cause heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and even death. Last year over 90 people died in Quebec…


Added by Laurie Guevara-Stone on July 26, 2019 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats do not just control panels for your air conditioning and heating systems. They are now technologically advanced tools with different sensors, Wi-Fi, and advanced algorithms. Here are top 5 reasons for homeowners to upgrade to a smart thermostat:

1. Saving Money on Energy Bills

You can use the …


Added by John White on July 23, 2019 at 3:18am — 1 Comment

What it Takes to Produce High Quality Marketing Video

By Jake Van Paepeghem

This isn’t the first time we at Energy Circle are talking about the valuable role video plays in an effective digital marketing strategy – especially when it comes to building awareness and consideration in the home performance,…


Added by Emily Ambrose on July 19, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Easy Tips to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems in the Summer

Your Summer should be spent having fun with your kids or enjoying your favorite hobby, not stressing over plumbing problems. Finding plumbing issues early will help you get them repaired before they cause extensive water damage to your home. There are many plumbing tips that…


Added by Roy Terry on July 19, 2019 at 6:26am — No Comments

What Are the Common Plumbing Mistakes DIYers Make?

If your plumbing starts to give you fits, you may decide to try and make some of the repairs yourself. There are several plumbing mistakes many people make that end up costing them a lot more than if they would have just called a plumber in the first place. 

Here are some common plumbing mistakes DIYers make:

Applying Force…


Added by Roy Terry on July 19, 2019 at 5:54am — No Comments

How to Find a Slab Leak Detection Specialist Near You

Slab leak detection can be difficult. Hiring a professional is the quickest and easiest way to detect leaks and get the problem repaired in a timely fashion. It’s important to hire the right professional for the job. You want someone who is certified, licensed and has the training needed to work with large slabs of concrete

Tips To Hire a Slab Leak…


Added by Roy Terry on July 19, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments

Why Phoenix Is Called "The Land Of No Return"

 Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the nation with the population expected to grow by 80,000 in the next five years.  Driving down the street, it’s not surprising to see Canadian licenses plates or meet people from IL, CA, NY or WA.  With all these new transplants you would think some of the good home building qualities would rub off on the way Phoenix home builders build houses...unfortunately home builders are slow to catch on which is why  I've been asked so many times,…


Added by David Byrnes on July 18, 2019 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Solar Benefits for Commercial and Residential Real Estate Owners

Gone is the time when solar energy was termed as an alternate source of energy. It is now ruling the world due to its profitability over the other sources of energy along with various other Solar Benefits for Commercial and Residential Real Estate.  

Nowadays, it is turning out to be a boon for …


Added by Future Solar WA on July 18, 2019 at 5:51am — No Comments

OUT-SULATION! SF Bay Area Straw Bale retrofit workshop announcement

Here is the low-down on an upcoming hands-on workshop in El Sobrante, CA. I hope you can join us. I will be there heckling, playing my fiddle, and passing out cold watermelon!…


Added by Leslie Jackson on July 15, 2019 at 6:50pm — No Comments

How Your Connected Technology Gets Connected

You might have heard of or even have a few devices in your home that are “Connected.” You might have a refrigerator that shows you whether Ralph stole that last piece of pie, or a thermostat that lets you warm up the house from your phone before you get home from that big win in Las Vegas. These devices have added much convenience,…


Added by Building Performance Institute on July 15, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

6 Most Common HVAC Duct Problems You Should Know About

Air ducts are a significant component of your heating and cooling system, but they are usually overlooked. Many times, homeowners have no clue that a problem exists. If you think that your HVAC system is inefficient or you get consistently high energy bills, look out for these six common duct problems.

1. Poor Design

A duct system that transfers the air from one point to another with the least amount of distance and obstructions is economical and very effective. Poor design…


Added by John White on July 15, 2019 at 3:33am — 1 Comment

Building Local SEO Rank and Visibility outside your Core Location

- By Shawn Cohen, Director of Digital Strategy

If you perform a Google search for a local home services provider, today’s results are pretty well stacked. You can expect to see two to four paid search ads, a…


Added by Emily Ambrose on July 12, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Z-Man's Blog Episode 552:Joe Medosch – Hayward Score – The Business of Healthy Homes

Joe Medosch Hayward Score, The Business of Healthy Homes

Joe Medosch was our guest on this week’s episode of IAQ radio. Joe is widely acknowledged as being one of the smartest people in the industry. He isn’t just book smart, he has been there and done it. Joe’s background has gone full circle. Just relocated in Loveland, CO. Started out as a home inspector IEP, shifting to home performance.…


Added by Joe Hughes on July 11, 2019 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Home Inspection Checklist for Buying a Used Manufactured Home

If you are thinking of buying a used manufactured home, you should first consider getting it reviewed by a home inspector. manufactured home inspection

A manufactured home inspection can confirm if everything is in working condition and meets the safety regulations. This will help you avoid future problems with your used manufactured home.

Home Inspection Checklist for Used Manufactured Homes

Modern-day manufactured homes have come a long way from…


Added by Matt Worthy on July 10, 2019 at 5:29am — No Comments

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