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What's In a Name?

A magazine by any other name would smell as sweet. (My sincerest apology to William Shakespeare.)

That’s a little over the top. But the point is, even though Home Energy will undergo the second name change in its history—it was called Energy Auditor and Retrofitter at its inception in 1984 and a few years later…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 18, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Calling All (smart, experienced, not necessarily great writers, passionate) Authors

Since 1984, Home Energy Magazine has published “all the energy news that’s fit to print”. The publication, along with the Home Energy Pros Forum, has recently been acquired by the Building Performance Association,  but our common mission remains the same—to educate, inspire, and support the home performance community by helping them build and retrofit homes to be energy efficient, healthy to live in, affordable, and last but not least, comfortable.

We have always…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 3, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Tennessee’s WAP Teams Up with TVA to Reduce Operational Friction, Serve More , by Frank Rapley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where I work as a senior manager, is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 23, 2019 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Is Geothermal a Realistic Way to Achieve True Energy Independence? by Sallie McBrien

Energy independence is a goal for many households and communities for a variety of reasons from simply wanting to save money each month, to the broader goal of saving the planet for future generations. To accomplish this lofty goal, there must be a way to generate energy independently of any centralized source (e.g. solar, wind, etc). For example, a…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 7, 2019 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

A Recap of the Largest National Conference in our History - HPC19 is in the Books!

We wrapped up the 2019 National Conference & Trade Show on April 4, 2019, after four full days of workshops, sessions, events, and networking! As many of you have heard, we broke the record for the number of attendees at this year’s event –…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 10, 2019 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Wednesday - Live from Chicago

Wednesday was another rich day of inspiration and connection. My brain is nearly full. When you read this, I will likely be on the plane flying from Chicago back to Oakland; where I will have some time to digest it all. There are more sessions this morning though if you are staying on at the conference. And still lots to see and do in Chicago if you are…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 4, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Building Performance Association—Live from Chicago

Check out that title! Monday, we were HPC, Tuesday we are a new association made up of three organizations, HPC, Home Energy, and Efficiency First, called the Building Performance Association. It’s been a change a long time coming, but seems like it’s happening all at once. All of these organizations share a commitment to the same goals and values, and…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 3, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

HPC National—Live from Chicago

It’s always a challenge at the HPC national to take in as much as possible until my brain tells me “I’m full”. All these great topics, presenters and attendees is an embarrassment of riches.

So here are a couple of personal highlights. Hope it gives you a taste of what happened in Chicago yesterday.

  • Terry Nordbye actually sang the praises…
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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 2, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Welcome to the HPC National—Live from Chicago

For those of you here in Chicago for a Monday workshop, for those who will be registering today or tomorrow, and all of you members of the home performance community, welcome to a rich source of building science news and training—all provided by the experts—and a great chance to network.

The conference agenda was developed to meet the needs of our…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 1, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Here Comes the 2019 HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show!

In less than a week, close to 2,000 members of the home performance community, including novices and experts in their fields, will gather in Chicago for the 2019 HPC National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show. No promises about the weather, though Chicago is hard to beat in the Spring, most of the time. But Chicago, that “toddling town”, is…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 27, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

EERE Success Story—DOE and Alaska Housing Finance Center Team Up to Help Rural Alaskan Communities Identify Energy Savings

(This post first appeared on the energy.gov web site.)

Rural communities offer huge…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 13, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

100,000 Home Energy Scores So Far And Counting!

This post originally appeared on the Better Buildings Beat Blog, and was posted by DOE's Home Energy Score.

DOE’s Home Energy Score™ is a tool for homeowners, homebuyers, and renters…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 12, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What Are the Nation's Best Utility Energy Efficiency Programs?

(Post provided by ACEEE.)

Washington, D.C. ACEEE is proud to honor 53 of the United States’ leading energy efficiency programs with the Exemplary Program Award. In a national review, ACEEE selected these programs based on their innovation and effectiveness in helping customers increase energy efficiency in their homes and businesses. The awards accompany ACEEE’s publication,…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 16, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Chicago Exceeds Better Buildings Goal

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 3, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line—By RMI's Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 27, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient, by Sandra Wood

Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to reduce pollution and conserve energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recognized the ones making the largest strides in this area.

Based on their scores on the…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Comments by HPC to Support the New Jersey 2019 Energy Master Plan

As leaders in the residential energy efficiency industry, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) responded to the September 2018 request by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) to provide feedback that supports the state's development of its 2019 Energy Master Plan.

Topics include:

  • weatherization
  • key non-energy benefits
  • demand response…
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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 26, 2018 at 2:37pm — No Comments

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How many BTU required to heat air

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Derating / Rating Old Insulation

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ACEEE 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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HVAC Contractors Expand Their Role in Home Performance

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