Macie Melendez

Macie Melendez is Home Energy's Assistant Editor.

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Money Well Spent: A Look at the Recovery Act's WAP Milestones

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March 01, 2012

From the beginning, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was all about the numbers: $5 billion doled out to 50 states, the U.S. territories, and Indian tribes for three ... [continue reading]

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The XX Factor

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January 02, 2013

Q&A with Ann Atkinson and a look into ACI's Women in Home Performance initiative. [continue reading]

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Women Undervaluing Themselves

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March 01, 2014

In the course of researching a future article on women in home performance, I sent out a request via e-mail and social media asking women this question: What’s the biggest obstacle you’... [continue reading]

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Let's Talk Gender: What Women Bring to Home Performance

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July 02, 2014

It’s no secret that home performance is a male-dominated industry. Attend any industry conference and you’ll quickly see that women are vastly outnumbered. That being said, there are still women in ... [continue reading]

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Thirty Under 30

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September 04, 2014

This issue officially marks Home Energy's 30th year in print, which gives us the opportunity to both reflect upon where we've been and look forward to where we're going. [continue reading]

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How Solar Decathletes Communicate and What We Can Learn from Them

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March 01, 2016

DOE’s Solar Decathlon is a challenge posed to collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy efficient, and attractive. The 2015 competition took place October 8–18 at the Orange ... [continue reading]

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Redefining the American Dream

Redefining the American Dream

Macie Melendez

Recently, I attended a panel on the future of affordable housing. While the focus of the panel was on the idea of “home”—something that the organization that created the event, Home Matters, knows a lot about—panelists also discussed ways in which the home has a ripple effect on our society. [continue reading]

Point-of-Sale Energy Efficient Financing

Point-of-Sale Energy Efficient Financing

Macie Melendez

It’s no secret that finances are often a barrier to home performance upgrades for homeowners. This is precisely why programs like the PowerSaver loan program are helpful as they work with contractors and equipment installers interested in offering energy efficient financing at the point of sale. [continue reading]

Online Reviews Can Make or Break Business

Online Reviews Can Make or Break Business

Macie Melendez

Consulting online reviews has become an integral part of the modern consumer’s buying process. A recent study from Dimensional research found that the buying decisions of 90% of respondents were influenced by positive online reviews, while 86% were influenced by negative reviews. [continue reading]

Tracking Your Technicians Can Benefit Business

Tracking Your Technicians Can Benefit Business

Macie Melendez

Customers don’t like waiting around for service—especially when it comes to home repairs. In their 2014 Customer Preferences for Residential Services report, Software Advice, a site helping businesses find dispatch software, identified the top pain points cited were lengthy arrival-time windows and having to wait for late technicians. [continue reading]

Home Energy's Jim Gunshinan Inducted Into BPI's Hall of Fame

Home Energy's Jim Gunshinan Inducted Into BPI's Hall of Fame

Macie Melendez

This afternoon at the ACI National Home Performance Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, three new individuals were inducted into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame. Nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of impartial judges, these individuals were recognized for their significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of their careers. Among them was one of our very own: Editor Jim Gunshinan, who has worked with Home ... [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Maureen Mahle

The Real Women of Home Performance: Maureen Mahle

Macie Melendez

Maureen Mahle is an engineer and specialist in high performance homes. As the vice president and director of Steven Winter Associates’ Sustainable Housing Services, Mahle provides expert sustainable design, specification, and construction consulting for a variety of project types including community developments, private residences, mixed-use, and multifamily buildings. [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

Macie Melendez

Cindy Ojczyk (pronounced o-check) is the owner of Simply Green Design, where she helps clients navigate the process of creating beautiful as well as energy and resource efficient homes. She also started morethanabeautifulhome.com, a website that’s “on a mission to improve the environment by empowering homeowners to create greener homes.” [continue reading]

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the West. Across North America, the growing numbers of net zero energy and Passive House buildings reflect a rising concern with climate change. As Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new, free e-book—demonstrates, Passive House is an ideal way to reach net zero. [continue reading]

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