Tom White

TOM WHITE is the publisher of Home Energy magazine. Tom has over thirty years of experience in publishing, including Whole Earth Review, Greater Good magazine and the Social Enterprise Reporter. He also has restored and retrofitted award-winning historic homes with his domestic partner.

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25 Years of Prescience

Author: Tom White
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May 06, 2009

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The Back Porch: Detroit Rises from the Ashes

Author: Tom White
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July 02, 2014

On the flight home from ACI’s 2014 National Home Performance Conference, I read Charlie LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy. It’s a gritty, sad story about the decline of one the ... [continue reading]

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Home Energy Saver & Home Energy Launch Social Networking Community for Home Performance & Weatherization Pros

Home Energy Saver & Home Energy Launch Social Networking Community for Home Performance & Weatherization Pros

Tom White

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Home Energy Saver and Home Energy magazine are pleased to announce the launch of Home Energy Pros, an open social network for home performance and weatherization professionals at http://HomeEnergyPros.lbl.gov. [continue reading]

Building Performance Training Lab on Wheels

Building Performance Training Lab on Wheels

Tom White

David Brown, VP of the Energy Conservation Institute, recently drove up from Ventura, Calif., towing a 3-ton building performance lab.  I met with David (middle in photo), another ECI trainer, and Lawrence Berkeley Lab staff scientist Iain Walker (right in photo) while David was in Northern Calif. to meet with utility, State Assembly members and building educators.  [continue reading]

Energy leveraging for Community Action Agencies

Energy leveraging for Community Action Agencies

Tom White

I'm in St. Petersburg, Florida, attending the National Community Action Foundation and Community Investment Futures Energy Conference.  Today is the conference kick-off and I'm looking forward to learning more about how community action agencies (CAA's), the prime movers of the US DOE weatherization program, are using energy leveraging projects to end poverty and improve energy affordability.   [continue reading]

Weatherization savings follow waste

Weatherization savings follow waste

Tom White

Looking to maximize energy savings?  Then look for energy wasters.  "Savings follow waste", said Joel Eisenberg, Senior Analyst for Public Policy at Oak Ridge National Lab, speaking to attendees at his presentation for the National Community Action Foundation Energy Programs Leveraging Conference.  [continue reading]

B&B's: adaptive reuse of historic homes

B&B's: adaptive reuse of historic homes

Tom White

In the current economy, one bed and breakfast proprietor is looking to branch out from the romantic, weekend vacationer image of B&B's and serve weekday business clientele as well.  "There are only 52 weekends a year", Ed Caldwell told me over a delicious breakfast, "and that's not enough to keep this business in the black."  Ed is the proprietor of the Dicken's House Bed & ... [continue reading]

National Residential Retrofit Guidelines

National Residential Retrofit Guidelines

Tom White

Ben Goldstein, has a recipe for developing and implementing a comprehensive set of consistent national standards for the entire range of whole house energy retrofits.  Ben is the Project Leader on Weatherization and Home Performance Workforce Standards at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  Ben has the lead role at DOE for developing the National Residential Retrofit Guidelines and Standards for the Building Retrofit Industry. [continue reading]

National Community Action Foundation: Focus on the future

National Community Action Foundation: Focus on the future

Tom White

This is an exciting and challenging time for community action agencies.  Attendees at this year's NCAF Energy Leveraging conference were looking at the future from a different vantage point: a higher plateau of achievement.  [continue reading]

What's Next for Weatherization--Pioneers in Community Energy Leadership

What's Next for Weatherization--Pioneers in Community Energy Leadership

Tom White

At the recent NCAF Energy Leveraging conference, one of the big questions on the minds of attendees was how do we keep over 1700 weatherization subgrantees alive after the ARRA stimulus funding runs out?  As Bob Adams, Program Lead with the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, said,"We don't want [the unemployment of weatherization staff] to be our post-ARRA legacy. The crystal ball is really cloudy, but there are ... [continue reading]

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