September 2018 Blog Posts (13)

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Get a Fast Start on the Fall Season

September has already been a busy month on two critical energy efficiency (EE) issues directly impacting home performance contractors in Connecticut. First, the United States District Court in Hartford heard oral arguments on a lawsuit to restore $145 million on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy funds that were “swept” or taken out of EE program accounts by the Connecticut legislature in 2017. Second, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced a new,…


Added by Home Performance Coalition on September 28, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Pearl Releases Cutting Edge Software Enabling Contractors to Empower Homeowners

Pearl Certification launched a new cutting-edge tool to help homeowners make decisions about energy-related home investments.

“Pearl’s new Home Investment Plan enables high-quality home improvement contractors to present comfort, health and energy upgrade options to homeowners in an attractive, easy-to-read report,” said Pearl CEO Cynthia Adams. “Homeowners can use these reports to understand their benefits and select the features that work best for them and their…


Added by Pearl Certification on September 27, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why Open Standards Matter for Home Energy Efficiency

This is the first of a new monthly series that will showcase the benefits of HPXML in scaling the home energy efficiency industry by organizations that use the data standard – software companies, utility programs, government, and contractors. Every month, the blog will feature a new writer who will describe their organization or program’s experiences with HPXML, including both the technical and business aspects of HPXML…


Added by Home Performance Coalition on September 27, 2018 at 10:45am — No Comments

Why Fall Is the Best Season to Replace Your Old HVAC System

We all want to make sure our homes are as comfortable and inviting 365 days out of the year. That is why it is very important that our HVAC system and heater system are always operating smoothly. However, it’s best to consider having a thorough air conditioning service,…


Added by John White on September 25, 2018 at 2:51am — 1 Comment

More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Grow Homes

Joe Clark and Martha Wudka of Evergreen Economics did a study in which "getting into the weeds (or weed)" was the whole point. Since marijuana is becoming legal in state after state, they wanted to zero in on the energy use in "grow homes". These are homes where residents grow marijuana for personal use. The biggest energy use gain? Lighting to grow the plants indoors.

Here is the abstract from the paper that was presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study of Energy in Buildings,…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 24, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What Sustains US

Every locality grapples with its own collection of natural and human caused challenges (and potentially disasters). While most people don’t often think about the connection between property values and water runoff, flooding, heat waves, fires, hurricanes, drought, new power and gas lines, density, open space, access to public…


Added by Pearl Certification on September 20, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Portable Air Conditioners: Warnings You Should Not Ignore

One of the main drawbacks of portable air conditioners is the low ratings for energy efficiency. Not only do they take up space, these devices waste more energy and are louder than central air conditioners. A more sustainable alternative is energy-efficient air…


Added by John White on September 17, 2018 at 1:43am — 1 Comment

Announcing National Energy Geek Day [October 6]

If you know anything about EnergyLogic, you are probably aware that we are fun loving and passionate. We noticed that there are national days for just about everything (no really, National Spaghetti Day is a thing). But somehow, there was no national day to celebrate our industry's professionals. So, we've created National Energy Geek Day!…


Added by Hannah Finch on September 12, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

What You Missed At The ZNE Retreat

It’s amazing how many energy efficiency conferences and workshops have surfaced recently. Sometimes it seems like the dissemination and sharing of EE information has become a standalone industry. These events are often are often sponsored by large corporate donors and may have hundreds of attendees.…


Added by Efficiency First California on September 10, 2018 at 11:25am — No Comments

Flir b40 thermal camera for sale

Does anyone out there have a suggested sale price, or offer for my b40 Flir camera?  I have always believed in fair pricing but am presently struggling to come up with a fair price.  It has 120 x120 res. and comes in a nice hard case. Please respond to

Thank you


Added by Eric Sperline on September 9, 2018 at 8:46pm — No Comments

More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Builder-Installed Electric Loads

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them.  He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 6, 2018 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Cities leading net zero energy building transformation

Cities across the US and across the world are taking the lead to transform our building sector. Net zero energy buildings are the future of buildings. Stay tuned for new research RMI will be releasing soon on the economics of net zero energy homes. Meanwhile, check out this overview of the work that cities are launching: …


Added by Jacob Corvidae on September 4, 2018 at 3:21pm — No Comments

5 Benefits of Installing Ductless Air Conditioners

Ductless air conditioning systems allow you to break away from larger units that weave ductwork throughout your home. With a ductless ac installation, small groups are installed in each area of your home providing heated or cooled air directly where it is needed. Here are 5…


Added by John White on September 4, 2018 at 1:29am — 1 Comment

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