Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is Home Energy's editor.

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2007 Energy Bill a Mixed Bag

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March 09, 2008

It would be easy to think that the 2007 Energy Bill, signed by President Bush at the end of last year, was all about automotive fuel economy. The legislation that requires fleet wide average fuel economy ... [continue reading]

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Don't Throw Out Those Rabbit Ear Antennas

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May 01, 2008

As of February 17, 2009, when all the major TV broadcasters will begin to transmit using a digital signal, no one with an analog, rabbit-eared television set will be able to get anything without a digital-to-analog converter ... [continue reading]

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Another Good Reason to Become a Vegetarian

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September 07, 2008

Our focus in Home Energy has always been on energy-efficient, healthy, affordable, and sustainable homes, but there are other areas of our lives that account for our total carbon footprint—how much carbon we ... [continue reading]

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The President Said Weatherization on TV

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July 01, 2009

I had the privilege of being in Washington, D.C., last February, participating in a conference of the National Association of State Community Service Providers (NASCSP). NASCSP is an organization of state level leaders of ... [continue reading]

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Energy-Wise House Flipper

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November 01, 2009

One man is offering middle-class home buyers a chance to purchase affordable, energy-efficient, and trendy homes - complete with granite countertops and other high-end amenities. [continue reading]

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Squeezing More Energy from the Sun

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July 01, 2010

Scientists are figuring out how to squeeze more electricity out of PV panels. PV panels take the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. The sun’s energy is abundant, but in ... [continue reading]

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Green the Orange

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March 04, 2011

Students at Syracuse University experience a Multifamily Performance Program up close and personal. [continue reading]

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Help Us Over the Hump

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October 31, 2014

This may blow up A carefully constructed image I’ve created of myself as a committed energy geek, but the truth is that when my wife, Michele, and I signed on to the Energy ... [continue reading]

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New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

Jim Gunshinan

I am composing this blog post on a computer that was likely assembled in a factory that runs on electricity made from coal. The aluminum for the case and other parts of the computer probably came from a smelter powered by natural gas. The electricity powering the computer here in California could come from a combination of natural gas, from hydropower, wind power, or a solar thermal plant that uses the Sun’s energy ... [continue reading]

Redefining the Term

Redefining the Term "Mobile Home"

Jim Gunshinan

The most energy efficient home is one that's already built. Keeping a home out of a landfill saves all the materials in the house, as well as all the energy used to create the materials—the building's embodied energy. And historic homes preserve a slice of culture that would otherwise be lost forever. And what's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of ... [continue reading]

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Jim Gunshinan

I began my trip last week with a few days visiting my father, two sisters, and a bunch of nieces and nephews living just north of Washington DC in Maryland. Both my sisters have recently been treated for cancer, so it was very good to see them happy and healthy. My older sister lost her job around the time she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After her COBRA insurance ran out she was ... [continue reading]

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

Jim Gunshinan

Tamasin Sterner, Founder, President, and Chief Coach of Pure Energy was given the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry at the opening plenary of the ACI National Conference in San Francisco on March 30, 2011. Tamasin has been advancing home performance through mentoring, teaching, consulting work, and building analysis for almost 30 years and is a regular Home Energy contributor. "I had to prove that I can do everything that men can ... [continue reading]

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

Jim Gunshinan

Our own managing editor Jim Gunshinan has had a sideline for many years now; he is a stellar poet. He's honored a few of us here at the office by sharing a poem or two over the years. This has prompted us to nudge him towards sharing something with our Home Energy readers: He's finally done it, and you're in for treat! —Maggie Forti, Office Manager [continue reading]

Voices from the NASCSP 2011 Annual Training Conference in Seattle

Voices from the NASCSP 2011 Annual Training Conference in Seattle

Jim Gunshinan

Voices from the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), Wednesday, September 21: [continue reading]

What Do We Do Now?

What Do We Do Now?

Jim Gunshinan

After the ARRA funding runs out at the end of March, 2012, what do we do? That was the big question on the minds of attendees today at the 2011 National Association for State Community Services Program (NASCSP) Training Conference in Seattle. At the same time everyone felt the need to recognize the huge success achieved by WAP in the three years covered by the ARRA funding, especially because of recent criticism of the WAP program in ... [continue reading]

Maryland Home Performace Shines

Maryland Home Performace Shines

Jim Gunshinan

My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!) [continue reading]

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