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Solar Universe and Sunrun Form Partnership

Solar Universe and Sunrun Form Partnership

Joe Miller

Solar Universe Network, a top five consumer solar company in California, recently announced a strategic partnership with Sunrun that will make affordable solar accessible to more American homeowners. Consumers in six states can now opt for Sunrun’s solar service through Solar Universe’s vast network to avoid the high upfront cost of installing solar. [continue reading]

Window Film Gets Respect in California

Window Film Gets Respect in California

Macie Melendez

Recently the California Energy Commission (CEC) put window film on the fast track to get it into the new building code—to be effective in 2014. As the first state in the nation to place window film in the next building code, California has officially recognized window film as a legitimate, cost-effective energy saver. [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Watch Japan and Expect a Great Deal

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Watch Japan and Expect a Great Deal

Jim Gunshinan

What’s happening in Japan? Quite a lot according to the 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Tuesday night plenary speaker, Andrew DeWit, Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Rikkyo University. Professor DeWit described nothing less than a battle taking place upon the ruins of the Fukushima power plants, between sustainability and crushing debt; same-old same-old, and the new green economy. [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: A Night in the Life of the Summer Study

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: A Night in the Life of the Summer Study

Jim Gunshinan

The Monday night plenary speaker at the 2012 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, held every two years in beautiful Asilomar, California, was Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Wellinghoff described his coming to FERC in 2006 as a border crossing from the world of energy efficiency—according to Steve Nadel, before joining FERC, Chairman Wellinghoff attended 12 Summer Studies—to the world ... [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Something of a Study in Contrasts

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Something of a Study in Contrasts

Jim Gunshinan

Another American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings has come and gone from the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. But the reverberations of the talks, discussions, and connections made will reverberate until the next Summer Study in 2014. The 2012 Summer Study was the biggest yet, with more than 1,100 participants. And the food was pretty good, despite the usual grumbling (you try cooking for 1,100 people!) And ... [continue reading]

One More Chance to Support PACE Clean Energy Programs

One More Chance to Support PACE Clean Energy Programs

Kit Kennedy

Thanks to a legal victory, there’s one more chance for supporters of energy efficiency and solar power to tell the Obama administration to bring back the popular clean energy finance programs for homeowners known as PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy).  If you already know all about PACE clean energy programs, you can urge the federal government to restore PACE programs by going to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s action ... [continue reading]

Walking The Talk

Walking The Talk

Alana Shindler and Macie Melendez

Carol Markell, our sales manager extraordinaire, always appreciated the people in this industry because she found them to be conscientious, hardworking, and generally a kind and socially engaged community who walked their talk. To honor her memory, we (the staff at Home Energy) asked ourselves how we walked our own talk. Following is what we discovered about each other: [continue reading]

Electrical Installation Tips

Electrical Installation Tips

Ted Shoemaker

A German industry organization has practical tips on electrical installations for those who are building new or remodeling. A new brochure from Elektro+ points out that it is five times as expensive to install switches, outlets, and lighting fixtures after the fact than it is to install them initially. Hence, too many of them is better than too few. [continue reading]

Our Youth and Our Planet—Q&A With Berkeley High’s Green Academy

Our Youth and Our Planet—Q&A With Berkeley High’s Green Academy

Toni White

Hello readers! My Name is Toni White. I came to Home Energy magazine a little over a year ago as an office assistant intern. My home city is Berkeley, California (which is also where HE Mag is located). Berkeley is a small city that neighbors San Francisco and Oakland, and has a population of about 112,000. I call Berkeley the “Hippie City” as it’s very open-minded, liberal, has a mixture of different ... [continue reading]

Green Roofs for Homeless Youth

Green Roofs for Homeless Youth

Macie Melendez

In August 2011, Affordable Housing Associates (AHA) celebrated the completion of Harmon Gardens, a multifamily apartment building that provides shelter and supportive services for 15 transition-age youth, ages 18–24, which are homeless or at risk of homelessness. [continue reading]

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