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Challenge Accepted #02: Marketing Healthy Home Services

For those readers who missed the first installation of “Challenge Accepted!,” here’s a quick introduction to Energy Circle’s latest…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on April 18, 2019 at 10:47am — No Comments

Local Services Ads, Part 2: The Honeymoon Is Over

About this time last year, we did a deep dive into the rollout of Google’s brand new paid search product, Local Services Ads (LSAs) and how it would affect the home performance and HVAC industries. After LSAs were available in enough major markets, we took a closer look at how they…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on April 10, 2019 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Google’s Recent Changes for Service Area Businesses

If you’re a contractor in the HVAC, home performance, or solar industry, you likely understand the frustrations of trying to beat out local competition on Google. Thanks to Google’s proximity…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on March 21, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Rise of the Question-Based World

If you watched the Super Bowl last month (or more importantly, the Super Bowl commercials) then you know that voice activated home devices have found their way into the crosshairs of pop culture. I mean, Han Solo himself did a commercial for Amazon’s Alexa — so I think it is safe to say that voice activated home devices are going to stick around.

Devices like the Google Home, Amazon Echo and the Apple HomePod are connecting the…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on March 6, 2019 at 11:54am — No Comments

Focused Strategy: The Rising Tide Effect of Precision Marketing

Among the many challenges we face as digital marketers, some of the strongest and most consistent obstacles are competition, budget, and demand (a.k.a. search volume). We’re constantly asking ourselves questions such as: Where should we spend our marketing dollars? How much is enough to spend, and how do we get the biggest bang…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on February 28, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

City Pages: What They Are & How to Use Them Right

Recently, we have been talking a lot about Google's bias towards searcher proximity and the various digital marketing, content and SEO…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on February 19, 2019 at 11:51am — No Comments

A Comprehensive Content Strategy: Creating Content That Supports a New Service Launch

With so much product innovation happening in HVAC and solar, many companies are adding new services like battery storage or ductless heat pumps. With all the coordination and planning it takes to purchase the correct equipment, polish off your certifications, and nail down pricing, it is easy to forget that your website should reflect your new…

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Added by Energy Circle on December 6, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why Are Images Important for SEO? Optimizing Your Website’s Images for GKP and SERP

If you caught our webinar a couple weeks back, then you probably heard us hinting at how the images on your website and in your Google Knowledge Panel can have a major impact on how potential customers view you as a business. If you want to…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

The Role of Facebook (& other social media) for HVAC, Home Performance, and Solar

If you are a business owner, no matter the industry, you’ve likely heard armchair marketing advice akin to “Oh, you’ve got to be active on social media these days.” And while this isn’t entirely false for HVAC, home performance and solar companies (we still strongly recommend it and manage social media campaigns for our clients), it’s time to “put…

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Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Adding Value to Contractors’ Work in the Mortgage Market

 

Home Performance Coalition, with the Appraisal Institute, is working to increase demand for residential energy efficiency by ensuring that the improvements people make to their homes – largely completed by contractors – are accurately reflected in the value of the home.

 

If…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on June 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Factory built homes using good building science

I am looking for a factory built home that is an  example of good building science.  I would like to use it as a teaching moment for  my clents.  I live in the soutwest corner of Michigan.  We have cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers.  You may e-mail your suggestions to dixie@Homes2Love.com.

Added by dixie wong on June 4, 2018 at 10:28am — No Comments

How to build a perfect house?

Everyone wants to live in the home of their dreams, but how to make it comes true?

First of all, to construct a house for your family, choose the agency that offers complex services. Because you will not have no need to find professionals for each building stage. Also it will reduce costs and completion time. If you need a such one, who offers services of architecture, interior design and…

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Added by DesignTech on April 3, 2018 at 4:24am — No Comments

5 Benefits of Home Remodelling

Home remodelling is not an inexpensive affair.  It is a costly, time-consuming and a complex affair. Still, home renovation is a significant activity. There are many advantages of remodelling your own space and thus, home remodelling can be an exciting task. Home renovation gives you the opportunity to express your individuality and artistic creativity.…

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Added by Alfie Davis on March 30, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Looking to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Healthy? Building Scientists Say ‘Air Seal First. See Your House as a System & Look Up in the Attic.’

Caption:  Average monthly energy bills are $14 at the Villas at Rocketts Landing,  DOE's  2017, Housing Innovation Award Winner, thanks to a combination of solar power, tight construction, air sealing and innovation HVAC system placement and insulation. 

Building scientists are a data-driven skeptical bunch. When…

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Added by Ian Halpern on February 28, 2018 at 10:40am — 6 Comments

How We Turned Our House into a Giant Foam Box, Part I — Wall Insulation By Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are DIY converting their suburban house into an all-electric zero net energy home via superinsulation,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Rebuilding America and the “New Normal” of Resilience

By Radhika Lalit and Kelly Vaughn

This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.

In fact, the damage from…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on December 13, 2017 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

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 — 4 Comments

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