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Macie Melendez

Every year EPA and DOE recognize members of the home performance industry with the Century Club Award. The award goes to companies that improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in a single year through the Home Performance with Energy Star program. [continue reading]

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ACI California Hits Home

Macie Melendez

Last week I had the pleasure of attending another wonderful ACI conference filled with knowledgeable presenters and spirited conversations. Even better for me, the conference took me back to my hometown of Sacramento, California. My colleagues attended the conference on its opening day (see some of their wonderful pictures on our Facebook page) and I represented Home Energy on day two.   [continue reading]

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Macie Melendez

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, oil has played the role of cheap labor in the U.S. economy and in economies around the world. Traditionally, we have been interested in the horsepower of our car engines, but what if we measured the energy we use in terms of human labor? To power a typical American home would require a small village of people riding bicycles powering electric generators 24 hours a day. Even after ... [continue reading]

GETS Goes National

GETS Goes National

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The Google Earth of IR Images—Q&A With Storm Duncan

Macie Melendez

By now you may have heard about drive-by energy audits. But have you heard of drive-by energy audits performed on entire cities at the same time? Say hello to the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company, Essess. Essess (pronounced like “recess” without the “r”) has recently entered the home performance scene, and they’re making a lot of noise. In just a couple of weeks, we here at Home Energy received multiple emails ... [continue reading]

Meeting the Demand for a More Sustainable Kitchen

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Andrew Brusnahan

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Crew Leader Certification – Changing the Game

Crew Leader Certification – Changing the Game

Dr. Richard Knaub

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