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Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Hal Smith, Home Energy Performance By Halco

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Hal Smith, Home Energy Performance By Halco

Macie Melendez

In 2011, Halco earned DOE and EPA's Century Club Award by improving the energy efficiency of 278 homes, more than doubling their Home Performance with Energy Star work in 2010, which was 121 homes. Working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program, Halco was not just able to improve energy efficiency in the area, but they did so with top-quality work. Such quality, in fact, that Home Energy Performance By Halco was honored ... [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling

Macie Melendez

Another Century Club Award-winner this year is Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling. Working with New Jersey State's Clean Energy Program, Hutchinson completed 431 jobs in 2011 that improved the energy efficiency of homes through the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. We had a chance to talk about this year's success with owner Fred Hutchinson. Here's his business profile and thoughts on the future. [continue reading]

Book Review—Home Performance Diagnostics: The Guide to Advanced Testing

Book Review—Home Performance Diagnostics: The Guide to Advanced Testing

Don Hynek

It (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is superior to the larger book in two important ways. First, it is somewhat cheaper than the Encyclopedia Galactica. Second, it has the words “DON’T PANIC” inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover. [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Chad Ruhoff, Neil Kelly Company

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Chad Ruhoff, Neil Kelly Company

Macie Melendez

Every year EPA and DOE recognize members of the home performance industry with the Century Club Award. The award goes to companies that improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in a single year through the Home Performance with Energy Star program. [continue reading]

Got An Opinion? Share It!

Got An Opinion? Share It!

Macie Melendez

If you're reading this, you can submit your own blog post. Yes, that's right. HomeEnergy.org now has the functionality to receive guest blog submissions via our website. [continue reading]

ACI California Hits Home

ACI California Hits Home

Macie Melendez

Last week I had the pleasure of attending another wonderful ACI conference filled with knowledgeable presenters and spirited conversations. Even better for me, the conference took me back to my hometown of Sacramento, California. My colleagues attended the conference on its opening day (see some of their wonderful pictures on our Facebook page) and I represented Home Energy on day two.   [continue reading]

The State of the Nation's Housing 2012

The State of the Nation's Housing 2012

Macie Melendez

Housing markets are showing signs of reviving, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report released last week by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “While still in the early innings of a housing recovery, rental markets have turned the corner, home sales are strengthening, and a floor is beginning to form under home prices,” says Eric S. Belsky, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. &... [continue reading]

In Memoriam: Doris Iklé, Energy Efficiency Innovator and Entrepreneur

In Memoriam: Doris Iklé, Energy Efficiency Innovator and Entrepreneur

Miriam Berg

On June 1, energy efficiency advocates lost a visionary. Doris M. Iklé, a pioneer in home energy efficiency and a longtime friend and patron of the Alliance to Save Energy, passed away peacefully at her home in Bethesda, Md., with her family by her side. [continue reading]

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Jim Gunshinan

Since the beginning of the 20th century, oil has played the role of cheap labor in the U.S. economy and in economies around the world. Traditionally, we have been interested in the horsepower of our car engines, but what if we measured the energy we use in terms of human labor? To power a typical American home would require a small village of people riding bicycles powering electric generators 24 hours a day. Even after ... [continue reading]

GETS Goes National

GETS Goes National

Elena Foshay

Rising Sun Energy Center is proud to announce that its Green Energy Training Services (GETS) home performance training curriculum has been licensed by the Baltimore Center for Green Careers. [continue reading]

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