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EPA Energy Star Update

EPA Energy Star Update

Amanda Stevens

The EPA is currently revising the ENERGY STAR eligibility requirements for a variety of home appliances including refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, and room air conditioners.  As part of these updates, EPA is working closely with appliance manufacturers on how the ENERGY STAR program can help advance the market for smart grid enabled products in ways that deliver benefits to the consumer, as well as long-term system benefits to the electric power grid.   [continue reading]

Behind the Story: Blower Door Testing in Multifamily Buildings

Behind the Story: Blower Door Testing in Multifamily Buildings

Macie Schreibman

Don Hynek, the field coordinator for Wisconsin's large-building Multifamily Weatherization program, wrote an article for us titled, "Blower Door Testing in Multifamily Buildings," which shares the challenges - and benefits - of multifamily blower door testing. (As you can imagine, testing 50-plus homes at once can't be easy.) Although the article isn't scheduled to appear until our September/October issue, which comes out in just a little more than a ... [continue reading]

10 Ways To Do The Right Thing

10 Ways To Do The Right Thing

Macie Schreibman

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of visiting the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to listen to a seminar given by Jeremy Fisher and Brennan Less, two research assistants in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. The seminar, “Residential Deep Energy Retrofits: Monitoring and Performance of 10 California Case Study Homes,” described the current findings of their research—one year after deep retrofits to 10 California homes. [continue reading]

The ABCs: Make It Easy For Your Customers

The ABCs: Make It Easy For Your Customers

Mike Rogers

But showing up on time, listening to and responding to your customers’ needs, knocking down obstacles for them, and protecting their homes will get you the rest of the way there. [continue reading]

How Many Outlets is Too Many?

How Many Outlets is Too Many?

Ted Shoemaker

A German organization has issued a warning about multiple electrical socket outlets. Tests in July by the consumer agency Stiftung Warentest showed more than half of them to be deficient in safety or even a fire hazard. “It’s safer to have a secure, properly done installation, with an adequate number of wall plugs and circuits,” said Hartmut Zander of the Initiative ELEKTRO+, the organization of the electric industry that issued the ... [continue reading]

Don Fugler Q&A Part 2: Milestones and Memories

Don Fugler Q&A Part 2: Milestones and Memories

Macie Schreibman

The following is Part 2 of our conversation with Don Fugler who recently retired after 20+ years of working with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). [continue reading]

Don Fugler Talks Retirement, Research, and Humility

Don Fugler Talks Retirement, Research, and Humility

Macie Schreibman

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the newly retired Don Fugler. For those of you who don’t know him (probably not many of you seeing as he’s presented nearly 200 times at ACI and other conferences every year since 1985), Don worked for the Policy and Research Division of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the federal agency responsible for housing. He managed projects for CMHC in areas such as indoor ... [continue reading]

New Looks + Functionality

New Looks + Functionality

Macie Schreibman

You know when you get a new outfit and you can’t stop staring at it? (Oh gosh, I hope that’s not just a “me thing”). Anyway, that’s how I feel about our new website. I just keep clicking all the links to see what’s going to happen next. [continue reading]

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Macie Schreibman

The results are in! Published in early May, Home Energy magazine’s annual survey went out to thousands of our readers, both online and in print, who took the time to answer questions about themselves – everything from how their organizations are funded to what online features they’d like Home Energy to include. And we’re happy to report that you all have a lot in common.   We have already ... [continue reading]

Not Dead Yet! Fluorescent Lighting - Part 2

Not Dead Yet! Fluorescent Lighting - Part 2

Allan Chen

As a continuation from yesterday's blog post, I'd like to also explain the opportunities we have in hybrid lighting. Modern fixtures present lighting designers with the opportunity to adapt the lighting to the needs of the space. Adjustable features such as open wings allow certain fixtures to throw more light onto a ceiling and flatten the light out evenly, providing even illumination that is ideal for low-ceilinged rooms. [continue reading]

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