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Energy Efficiency Meets Aging-in-Place

Tom & Suzanne Werkema

Usually when people retire they downsize. We upsized. My wife and I built our retirement home near Knoxville, Tennessee, many hundreds of miles from our children, parents, and siblings. We wanted plenty of space to host family and friends, even if they arrived in bunches or stayed for months. [continue reading]

Why Google's Acquisition of Nest is Great News for the Home Performance Industry

Why Google's Acquisition of Nest is Great News for the Home Performance Industry

Peter Troast

In my view, Google's acquisition of Nest is a very good sign for the home performance industry. Why? Because the underlying math that had to have been Google's calculus for justifying a $3.2 billion valuation is fundamentally the same as that which drives home performance. Let me explain. [continue reading]

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Now THAT'S How to Sell Replacement Systems

Tom Grandy

A few weeks ago I was performing a two-day Company Overview for Reliable Air Conditioning in Jasper, AL. When I arrived I was introduced to the office staff , including two individuals who focused on nothing but telemarketing. That immediately got my attention. Few trades companies utilize a telemarketing program. Telemarketing can be irritating when total strangers are called; however, when utilized on one's current customer base, it can be very effective. [continue reading]

The Next Generation of Home Performance Superheroes

The Next Generation of Home Performance Superheroes

Mike Kandel

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How Change Happens In Home Performance

How Change Happens In Home Performance

Jim Gunshinan

I was reviewing an article in Home Energy by Steve Mann that came out in the January/February issue (“DOE’s Challenge Home,” p. 6). He wrote on the latest iteration of DOE’s Challenge Home Program. Steve points out, in his usual insightful and articulate way, what he sees as the strengths and weakness of this program. I hope you’ve read it, or will read it. Send us your ... [continue reading]

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Most New Residential Solar PV Projects in California are not Owned by Homeowners

April Lee

One of the biggest developments in the U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) market over the past few years has been the significant growth of residential solar PV systems not owned by homeowners. These are often referred to as third-party-owned systems. [continue reading]

10 New Year's Resolutions to Keep the Customers Coming

10 New Year's Resolutions to Keep the Customers Coming

Danielle Sass Byrnett

As the clock counts down to 2014, you might be thinking about ways to generate more business in the new year. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners have learned that word of mouth is one of the strongest communication channels to drive demand for energy efficiency upgrades. If you’re interested in upgrading your marketing approach, you might want to consider a new year’s resolution or ... [continue reading]

One Story Among Many at Home Energy Magazine

One Story Among Many at Home Energy Magazine

Jim Gunshinan

On November 1, 2013, Home Energy began its 30th year in existence. The storytelling will begin officially in our January/February 2014 issue, when, along with a lot of new content and some new features, we reprise an article from our first issue—on the energy efficient use of water beds! Unofficially, the storytelling has already begun. Home Energy began in an office at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a few years ago we moved our shop ... [continue reading]

How to Demonstrate The Importance of a Whole-Home Energy Audit

How to Demonstrate The Importance of a Whole-Home Energy Audit

Tara Dawn

Many homeowners want their homes to be as energy efficient as possible, but many also struggle to identify the best ways to achieve that goal. All too often contractors are called to a home to address an issue that may only be part of a home’s efficiency issues. When speaking with clients about the best ways to improve the overall energy integrity of homes, one of the best places to start is with ... [continue reading]

December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

Rae Tamblyn

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