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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Boise Organizations Partner to Give Homebuyers Looks, Function, and Affordability

Boise Organizations Partner to Give Homebuyers Looks, Function, and Affordability

Macie Melendez

The common wisdom in the housing industry is that custom homes are expensive, and custom green homes are even more so. But several Boise-based organizations have teamed up to prove the common wisdom is wrong—and to set up a pilot project to provide Idahoans with affordable, eco-friendly homes within the city limits. [continue reading]

This is the Future

This is the Future

Macie Melendez

Today the opening ceremony kicked off the Solar Decathlon in sunny Irvine, California. While the crowd listened to the major sponsors of the event welcome us, we heard excitement and anticipation in their voices. After all, this has been an event two years in the making. [continue reading]

Energy Awareness is a Powerful Tool

Energy Awareness is a Powerful Tool

Macie Melendez

Home performance pros hear it all the time: “I had no idea I was using that much energy!” Homeowners are often unaware of just how much energy their appliances, electronics, and systems are using. This is the reason behind many marketing campaigns from utilities that urge homeowners and renters to be more aware of what’s going on in their homes. If occupants save energy, they’ll save money, and sometimes ... [continue reading]

DOE Challenge Home Spotlight in Utah—Q&A with Bruce Hanson

DOE Challenge Home Spotlight in Utah—Q&A with Bruce Hanson

Macie Melendez

Another proud recipient of a DOE Challenge Home Builder Award is Salt Lake City, Utah-based Garbett Homes. Their first Challenge Home, which they built in Herriman, Utah, won in the Production Builders category. [continue reading]

DOE Challenge Home Spotlight in Illinois—Q&A with Brandon Weiss

DOE Challenge Home Spotlight in Illinois—Q&A with Brandon Weiss

Macie Melendez

While attending the Solar Decathlon in southern California last month, we also had the pleasure of attending DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards ceremony. Impressed by the various builders committed to home performance, we thought we’d take some time to chat with a few of the recent winners of DOE’s Challenge Home projects. [continue reading]

Smart Homes Means Smart Homeowners

Smart Homes Means Smart Homeowners

Macie Melendez

I remember my parents getting our family’s first computer from my school in the ’90s. It was small and the screen was black with green lettering. It was primarily for communication between parents and teachers, but it was cool and it was useful. Our next computer took residence on a huge desk right near our dining room table. I didn’t use it much, but I watched my parents and my ... [continue reading]

Babies and Energy

Babies and Energy

Macie Melendez

I’ve just returned to the office from maternity leave and have been giving energy a lot of thought recently—human energy that is. More specifically, how is it possible that I still have the energy to take care of my newborn baby boy when I’m getting less sleep than I’ve ever gotten in my entire life? Also, how does this tiny human—who only requires the basics (... [continue reading]

New Title 24 Standards

New Title 24 Standards

Macie Melendez

Updated building standards, designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings, take effect July 1 in California. The 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) will lead to 25% less energy consumption for residential buildings and 30% savings for nonresidential buildings over 2008 Energy Standards."These new Title 24 standards will help California buildings function beautifully and economically. The most effective way to optimize building performance is during construction," said Commissioner Andrew McAllister who oversees the ... [continue reading]

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