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HUD's Energy-Efficient Mortgage Pilot

Author: Cyril Penn
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November 01, 1993

In its first serious effort to address the barriers of financing energy efficiency improvements in existing homes, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) has selected five states--Alaska, Arkansas, California, Vermont, and Virginia--to participate in an Energy-Efficient Mortgage (EEM) pilot program. [continue reading]

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HUD Meets the Deadline

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1994

Faced with an ultimatum from Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) issued stricter thermal performance standards for new mobile homes, beating Congress' end-of-October deadline with only one day to spare. [continue reading]

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What Takeback Effect?

Author: Cyril Penn
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May 01, 1994

Energy savings can be reduced when customers use the money they save from energy-efficiency measures to purchase increased comfort or convenience. [continue reading]

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Computerized Energy Audits

Author: Cyril Penn
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May 01, 1994

Weatherization agencies have complained for years about a U.S. Department of Energy requirement that 40% of Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds be spent on "materials" rather than labor. [continue reading]

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Affordable Comfort Does it Again

Author: Cyril Penn
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July 01, 1994

Now in its eighth year, the Affordable Comfort conference again drew record attendance--with more than 1,000 participants including 184 presenters meeting in Philadelphia this March. [continue reading]

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At Energy Northwest the Team is the Theme

Author: Cyril Penn
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July 01, 1994

The Energy Northwest Conference held in Portland, Oregon, in late April brought together representatives of weatherization and energy assistance agencies as well as utilities from Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho to focus on residential energy-efficiency. [continue reading]

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What Price Mobile Homes?

Author: Cyril Penn
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November 01, 1994

Mobile home buyers are generally willing to pay for energy efficiency through higher housing prices if the costs translate into reduced heating bills in the long run. [continue reading]

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Where Water-Heating Energy Really Goes

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1995

Water heating--which accounts for about 16% of U.S. residential energy consumption--is one of the most complex end uses to evaluate, both individually and nationally. [continue reading]

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