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Home Buyers and Sellers Want Energy Efficiency

Home Buyers and Sellers Want Energy Efficiency

Amanda McCarthy

In today’s real estate market, buyers are increasingly looking for energy efficient features in homes. In fact, according to a survey done by the National Association of Realtors, 39% of all home buyers said that heating and cooling costs were a "very important" feature when they are looking to purchase a home. (See chart at bottom for other "very important" features.) [continue reading]

Advocacy Pays Off in Massachusetts

Advocacy Pays Off in Massachusetts

Charlie Harak

On February 17, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into Chapter 36 of the Acts of 2012. [Note: the final legislation has not yet been posted online, but will be available here shortly.] [continue reading]

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs

Dylan Sullivan

Maybe you’ve heard about the many benefits of the federal light bulb efficiency standards that went into effect almost two months ago, on January 1st: how the legislation—passed by an large, bipartisan majority in 2007 and signed into law by President George W. Bush—will save the average American household at least $85 a year—kind of a stimulus package in your light socket. Or, how, nationwide, it will eliminate the ... [continue reading]

Weatherization Allocation and the FY2013 Budget proposal

Weatherization Allocation and the FY2013 Budget proposal

David Bradley

On February 8, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the $68 million appropriated for the 2012 program year starting July 1, 2012. Twenty-five of the 58 states/territories received $0. Congress made deep cuts to the low-income energy efficiency program and, in doing so, allowed DOE to use their discretion in allocating the $68 million this program year. Traditionally, a funding formula is used to allocate the funds across the states. DOE chose a formula that took into consideration carry-over funding from previous ... [continue reading]

Video: What is Home Performance?

Video: What is Home Performance?

Macie Melendez

Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA) offers an easy-to-follow video perspective on home performance and why it matters. It's fun, simple, and will hopefully be the beginning of a wider dialogue about home performance. What do you think? [continue reading]

"Green Button" Project is a Breath of Fresh Air

Philip Henderson

My electricity bill looks like it was designed to confuse customers. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in feeling this way. Fees with seven decimal places, a "multiplier," distribution, transmission, generation charges, a single "kwh" usage amount. My home address is listed in four seperate places. There are TEN different phone numbers listed (yes, 10). The only aspect of my electricity usage that is clear is the amount I owe ... [continue reading]

Opportunities for Energy Innovators

Opportunities for Energy Innovators

Elisa Wood

For a long time, "clean" and  "green" marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for "smart" energy. And now "innovation" is the buzzword. [continue reading]

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

Macie Melendez

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. [continue reading]

I’ll Take “Home Energy is making me smarter” for $1,600

I’ll Take “Home Energy is making me smarter” for $1,600

Macie Melendez

It was during a Double Jeopardy round a couple of weeks ago that I actually realized how much I’ve learned in my Assistant Editor role here at Home Energy. As one (actual) contestant asked for the $1,600 clue under the Architecture category, I waited at home, on my couch, to shout the answer. [continue reading]

Building Reuse Trumps Demolition

Building Reuse Trumps Demolition

Macie Melendez

A recent report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse. This study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, "when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction." [continue reading]

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