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Noah Horowitz

This week the cable TV industry is having their big annual meeting in Chicago. The meeting includes three days worth of in-depth technical sessions and it looks like not a single one covers the energy use or environmental impact of the ubiquitous set-top box (otherwise known as a cable, satellite or DVR box) that the cable companies install in your home when you sign up for their service. This is a pity as the set-top ... [continue reading]

Promoting Green Jobs for the Future

Promoting Green Jobs for the Future

Macie Schreibman

As we are working hard here to put the July/August annual training-focused issue "to bed" (that's magazine speak for getting it ready to send to the printer), I got to thinking: training really is the guiding force behind the future of the efficiency industry. I mean, what do we have if we don't have proper training and techniques? [continue reading]

Century Club Award Winners

Century Club Award Winners

Macie Schreibman

In life, there are some clubs that you are just dying to be a part of. In the life of a home performance contractor, that club is the Century Club. Defined by an award given each year by EPA and DOE, the Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award recognizes companies that improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in a year through the Home Performance with Energy Star program. [continue reading]

The Cost of Energy in NYC

The Cost of Energy in NYC

Macie Schreibman

In New York City, office buildings consume nearly 80% of all the city’s energy, making that energy weigh in at $2.50 per square foot—nearly $1 more than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. [continue reading]

Efficient Cooking

Efficient Cooking

Ted Shoemaker

A recent study done by Germany’s Bonn University has determined the most energy efficient ways of cooking. The study, done by Professor Dr. Rainer Stamminger and his assistants, was commissioned by the HEA, a German organization that supports energy efficiency. The results were presented to the Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) 2011 international convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, and it was sponsored by the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Climate ... [continue reading]

Healthy Homes Leader Awards

Healthy Homes Leader Awards

Kenae Boyer

HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) and its partners are excited to announce the inaugural 2011 Healthy Homes Leader Awards. For the first time ever, we will acknowledge and honor the extraordinary achievements of those who are "Leading the Nation to Healthy Homes, Families and Communities." You're invited to nominate colleagues, state and local leaders, agency teams and programs that have made significant contributions to making our homes, ... [continue reading]

What's Hot in Hot Water

What's Hot in Hot Water

Macie Schreibman

During ACEEE’s Hot Water Forum that took place in Berkeley, California last week, not only did I learn a bit about water pipes and their distribution, but I also learned how the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center at the Berkeley Marina does their laundry. Just another hot topic among the professionals, manufacturers and specialists that came together to discuss what’s happening in the world of hot water. [continue reading]

A Gathering of Efficient Minds

A Gathering of Efficient Minds

Macie Schreibman

Last week, home performance contractors gathered in New York and called upon the state to pass on-bill financing, which would allow moderate-income families to have access to funding for their energy efficiency retrofits. Organized by two local groups, Efficiency First and Building Performance Contractors Association, the efficiency advocates held news conferences in both Long Island and Syracuse to get the word out. [continue reading]

41st Earth Day Exceeds 100 Million Acts

41st Earth Day Exceeds 100 Million Acts

Marsha Johnston

From sixth-grade Iraqi mine survivors planting trees without hands and Detroit school kids building a plastic bottle boat to Malays cleaning up their waterfalls, individuals and organizations from Delhi, Louisiana to New Delhi have racked up over 100 million Acts of Green in honor of the 41st Earth Day, which took place on April 22. The achievement puts Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green campaign well on the road to success for delivering a ... [continue reading]

100 Homes and Counting...

100 Homes and Counting...

Macie Schreibman

On April 15, 2011, Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2004 that's dedicated to helping veterans who have returned home from combat with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001, kicked off the build of its 101st home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Homes for Our Troops is building this particular home (see photo) for U.S. Army Sergeant Jude Recendez who lost both of his legs while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. [continue reading]

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