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Better Buildings, Better Business, Better Neighbors

Better Buildings, Better Business, Better Neighbors

Macie Melendez

The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been putting on the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference in Wisconsin for nearly a decade. In 2012, they will be adding to their annual tradition in the neighboring state of Illinois. [continue reading]

Know True Costs; Save Real Energy

Know True Costs; Save Real Energy

Kara Saul Rinaldi

More than half of the states in the nation have created programs to increase the energy efficiency of homes through a comprehensive approach that looks at all opportunities to save energy, from insulation to upgrading heating and cooling systems. When taxpayer and ratepayer dollars are used, it is essential that these programs are reviewed with a cost-effectiveness test that provides policymakers with adequate knowledge about the programs’ effectiveness. Unfortunately, in many states, the testing ... [continue reading]

Window Tint: Cost-Effective and Energy Efficient

Window Tint: Cost-Effective and Energy Efficient

Michael M. Dickson

On a recent vacation to Southern Florida I spent time in a sun-baked lanai fixing my father’s cable television. As I melted, I couldn’t help but wonder how hard the air conditioner had to run to keep the indoor temperatures tolerable. It was so warm inside it led me to do some research on methods to increase his home’s energy efficiency without spending too much money. What I found ... [continue reading]

Energy Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

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Jocelyn Anne

As hard as it seems to believe, Thanksgiving is in less than a week! And while there is likely no meal that can top the spread of a Thanksgiving feast, there is also likely no other smorgasbord that consumes quite the amount of energy that a Thanksgiving dinner does. And, unfortunately, when you multiply that across the households of the U.S., even though it’s just one meal on one day, the energy ... [continue reading]

Best Buy Enters the Energy Auditing Field

Best Buy Enters the Energy Auditing Field

Macie Schreibman

If you buy electronics from Best Buy, you can rely on their Geek Squad to come to your home and help you should those electronics have a problem. But now, the Geek Squad is going one step further and offering home energy audits to its customers. [continue reading]

10,000 GreenPoint Homes in CA

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Macie Schreibman

The California-based nonprofit, Build It Green recently announced a huge milestone: 10,000 single- and multi-family homes will receive the organization's GreenPoint Rated label by the end of 2011. [continue reading]

Solar's Big Day is Still Around the Corner

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Tomi Maxted

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Putting Sense Into Water Use

Putting Sense Into Water Use

Macie Schreibman

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Maryland Home Performace Shines

Maryland Home Performace Shines

Jim Gunshinan

My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!) [continue reading]

Home Energy Pros Turns 1!

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Evan Mills

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