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The Shifting Nature of the U.S. Housing Market

The Shifting Nature of the U.S. Housing Market

Macie Melendez

The Demand Institute, a nonprofit organization that works to illuminate how consumer demand is evolving around the world, recently released its first major publication: The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand, which was done by Louise Keely, Bart van Ark, Gad Levanon, and Jeremy Burbank. Although the report explains the housing markets shifts in much more detail, the bottom line, according to the organization's analysis, is that the worst of the housing crash ... [continue reading]

The Unavoidable Future—Q&A with Cyro Boccuzzi

The Unavoidable Future—Q&A with Cyro Boccuzzi

Macie Melendez

This past week, I had the opportunity to pick the brain of Cyro Boccuzzi, IEEE senior member and executive vice president at Brazil-based Enersul, as well as a smart grid technologies expert. Not only did he have insight into smart grid technology and trends, but he also says smart grids are the unavoidable wave of the future.    [continue reading]

Honeymoons Lead to Upgrades in Western Vermont

Honeymoons Lead to Upgrades in Western Vermont

Macie Melendez

For homeowners who are hesitant to make energy efficiency upgrades, offering them a honeymoon might just be the motivation they need. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) created a "honeymoon period" for its loan payments and has seen success by allowing homeowners to experience six months of comfort and energy savings before they begin making loan payments. [continue reading]

Home Performance Program Design - Engaging Contractors

Home Performance Program Design - Engaging Contractors

Mike Rogers

I’m frequently asked to speak at events or attend meetings to provide perspective on how home performance works as a business for contractors, and how programs might attract contractors to participate. In fact, I’ll be moderating a session on this at the Better Buildings Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions conference in a couple of weeks. It’s a great topic—and a conversation we need to be having a lot ... [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Todd Russo, REEIS

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Todd Russo, REEIS

Macie Melendez

The fourth in our series of spotlighted Century Club contractors is Todd Russo, President of REEIS, a retrofit company with offices in both Arizona and California. Working with the Foundation for Senior Living and the Arizona Public Service Department, REEIS earned the Century Club Award for 2011 by completing energy efficiency improvements to 854 homes. Here's how they did it. [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Hal Smith, Home Energy Performance By Halco

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Hal Smith, Home Energy Performance By Halco

Macie Melendez

In 2011, Halco earned DOE and EPA's Century Club Award by improving the energy efficiency of 278 homes, more than doubling their Home Performance with Energy Star work in 2010, which was 121 homes. Working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program, Halco was not just able to improve energy efficiency in the area, but they did so with top-quality work. Such quality, in fact, that Home Energy Performance By Halco was honored ... [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling

Macie Melendez

Another Century Club Award-winner this year is Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling. Working with New Jersey State's Clean Energy Program, Hutchinson completed 431 jobs in 2011 that improved the energy efficiency of homes through the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. We had a chance to talk about this year's success with owner Fred Hutchinson. Here's his business profile and thoughts on the future. [continue reading]

Book Review—Home Performance Diagnostics: The Guide to Advanced Testing

Book Review—Home Performance Diagnostics: The Guide to Advanced Testing

Don Hynek

It (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is superior to the larger book in two important ways. First, it is somewhat cheaper than the Encyclopedia Galactica. Second, it has the words “DON’T PANIC” inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover. [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Chad Ruhoff, Neil Kelly Company

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Chad Ruhoff, Neil Kelly Company

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]

Got An Opinion? Share It!

Got An Opinion? Share It!

Macie Melendez

If you're reading this, you can submit your own blog post. Yes, that's right. HomeEnergy.org now has the functionality to receive guest blog submissions via our website. [continue reading]

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