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Efficiency First hosts Energy Upgrade California Update

Efficiency First hosts Energy Upgrade California Update

Pat Colburn

I was told to expect fireworks at the Efficiency First (EF) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Meeting held on February 24th and although there were no explosions, the cannons were loaded and the fuses were primed. It’s been a tough couple of years for contractors; receiving only promises from program implementers, spending limited financial capital and time for the training required to participate in a program that has only just begun. [continue reading]

One Large Step for California

One Large Step for California

Macie Schreibman

At the beginning of this month, California took a large, unprecedented step in the right direction with the launch of Energy Upgrade California. The new, comprehensive energy efficiency program not only encourages clean jobs, but it also provides tools and resources to property owners who wish to improve their energy and water efficiency—ultimately saving money and increasing comfort. [continue reading]

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

Jim Gunshinan

Tamasin Sterner, Founder, President, and Chief Coach of Pure Energy was given the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry at the opening plenary of the ACI National Conference in San Francisco on March 30, 2011. Tamasin has been advancing home performance through mentoring, teaching, consulting work, and building analysis for almost 30 years and is a regular Home Energy contributor. "I had to prove that I can do everything that men can ... [continue reading]

Business Performance Makeover Contest

Business Performance Makeover Contest

Macie Schreibman

Want your business to be better? Of course you do! Bring on the Business Performance Makeover Contest, a collaboration between EGIA, BPI, and Efficiency First—and sponsored by Home Energy. [continue reading]

Who Says Green Canít be Free?

Who Says Green Canít be Free?

Macie Schreibman

Not the be mistaken for a cruel April Fool’s Day joke, the Santa Rosa Junior College Interior Design Program will be presenting their Speakers for Green Conference this April 1, 2011—for free. [continue reading]

A First at Efficiency First

A First at Efficiency First

Macie Schreibman

In a room just at the bottom of the stairs of Suite #100 in the Rising Star Energy Center in Berkeley, I got my introduction to part of the community of readers for Home Energy magazine. As the first industry event I’ve attended in my new role as Assistant Editor here, I can honestly say I was impressed. [continue reading]

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Jim Gunshinan

I began my trip last week with a few days visiting my father, two sisters, and a bunch of nieces and nephews living just north of Washington DC in Maryland. Both my sisters have recently been treated for cancer, so it was very good to see them happy and healthy. My older sister lost her job around the time she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After her COBRA insurance ran out she was ... [continue reading]

Redefining the Term

Redefining the Term "Mobile Home"

Jim Gunshinan

The most energy efficient home is one that's already built. Keeping a home out of a landfill saves all the materials in the house, as well as all the energy used to create the materials—the building's embodied energy. And historic homes preserve a slice of culture that would otherwise be lost forever. And what's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of ... [continue reading]

March/April 2011 Editorial: The Making of an Industry at ACI

March/April 2011 Editorial: The Making of an Industry at ACI

Alan Meier

Sometimes it’s only possible to recognize progress by turning around and seeing how far you’ve traveled since the journey began. That’s certainly the case for the energy-conservation industry. Gradually an industry devoted to improving home performance is taking shape. The number of technologies, techniques, and tools dedicated to reducing energy use, improving comfort, and fixing building defects continues to grow. [continue reading]

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

Jim Gunshinan

I am composing this blog post on a computer that was likely assembled in a factory that runs on electricity made from coal. The aluminum for the case and other parts of the computer probably came from a smelter powered by natural gas. The electricity powering the computer here in California could come from a combination of natural gas, from hydropower, wind power, or a solar thermal plant that uses the Sun’s energy ... [continue reading]

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