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Hurricane Sandy and the Home Performance Industry

Hurricane Sandy and the Home Performance Industry

Macie Melendez

Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend a webinar put on by Energy Circle titled “Hurricane Sandy and the Home Performance Industry: How Do We Respond?” Peter Troast, CEO of Energy Circle, shared that when he woke up on Friday, he felt the need to start a bigger conversation—thus a webinar was born. For being a last-minute idea, the webinar was a huge success with a lot of response, which ... [continue reading]

Book Review: The New New Deal Finds that “Weatherization Works”

Book Review: The New New Deal Finds that “Weatherization Works”

Jim Gunshinan

This is personal. When I heard reports about rampant waste and abuse in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that turned out to be false, I thought of all the people I know who worked tirelessly to meet one goal of ARRA—to weatherize 600,000 homes before March, 2012—and it made me very angry. The men and women of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) met and exceeded that goal, with minimum fraud, abuse, ... [continue reading]

How Buying the Right TV Will Save $1.34 Billion in Annual Energy Costs

How Buying the Right TV Will Save $1.34 Billion in Annual Energy Costs

Alex Katzman

In this day and age of technological innovation, you would think that televisions of the same size and type would have a similar power consumption. All TVs are definitely not made equal, in fact it is quite the opposite. LED TVs are usually at least 20 to 25% more efficient than LCDs or Plasmas. Taking 37-inch TVs (average size sold in 2012) as an example, there is a surprising 400% difference in energy usage between the most and least ... [continue reading]

Building with Adobe as a Cost-Effective Solution for Home Construction?

Building with Adobe as a Cost-Effective Solution for Home Construction?

Austin Brentley

Building with adobe is a tradition that dates back millennia. But in Santa Fe, the material has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to growing awareness of adobe’s unparalleled cost-effectiveness in home construction. Adobe (or mud brick) homes are hardly a recent innovation, with many of the world’s earliest civilizations constructing entire cities out of this easily sourced material. Adobe has always been popular in home construction, especially in Santa Fe—a ... [continue reading]

Hurricane Sandy Puts 261,000 Homes at Risk

Hurricane Sandy Puts 261,000 Homes at Risk

Macie Melendez

CoreLogic, a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released data showing potential exposure to residential property damage from hurricane-driven storm-surge flooding as Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the U.S. Atlantic Coast. [continue reading]

Cool Pavements Bill Signed Into Law

Cool Pavements Bill Signed Into Law

Allan Chen

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 296, which calls upon the California Department of Transportation to develop a standard specification for sustainable or cool pavements that can be used to mitigate urban heat islands. Cool pavements absorb less sunlight than conventional pavements, helping reduce surface and air temperatures in cities. The new specifications for cool pavements will complement and support the existing voluntary standards for cool pavements in the California Green Building Code. The ... [continue reading]

Speaking to the Heart and Soul of Home Performance

Speaking to the Heart and Soul of Home Performance

Jim Gunshinan

It was my first weatherization conference since becoming the editor of Home Energy. I remember sitting in the crowd listening to the opening speaker and being very inspired. We’re soldiers, I thought. Some of us are on the front lines—the weatherization workers—and some of us, like the staff at Home Energy, offer support from the safety of our offices in Berkeley. We are fighting for our nation’s ... [continue reading]

How Can Your Company Use YouTube To Get More Traffic?

How Can Your Company Use YouTube To Get More Traffic?

Haley Butler

Social media is one of the most effective online marketing tools that today’s businesses have. In order to be relevant, maintain a strong online presence and have consistent traffic and leads, today’s businesses are utilizing all aspects of social media. For the home performance industry, this is especially important as much of the business that comes to these industries is customer-driven. [continue reading]

Born Into Home Performance—Q&A with Maureen Mahle

Born Into Home Performance—Q&A with Maureen Mahle

Macie Melendez

Maureen Mahle is the vice president and director of Sustainable Housing Services for Steven Winter Associates, Inc. She’s also new to the Home Energy Board of Directors. As a welcome to the board, and as an introduction to our readers, we decided to get to know Maureen a little better. Below is our conversation. [continue reading]

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How We Use and Save Energy

Elisa Wood

When I picked up a gallon of milk at the store today, I looked at it in a new way. I was buying energy. [continue reading]

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