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Darrell Smith

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) said California residents can save the equivalent of four million barrels of oil yearly, or about the annual output of three, 500-Megawatt power stations, if window film were installed on just 10 percent of the dwellings built before building energy codes were mandated.   California leads the way as the first state to add window film into its building code and the opportunity for achieving the state’s energy ... [continue reading]

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Which Communicating Thermostats Are Customers Likely to Use?

Jim Gunshinan

With the Google buyout of NEST thermostats, attention has turned from the “smart meter” to the thermostat as a focal point of residential energy efficiency. (Read this recent editorial by Alan Meier.) But several years ago Energy Star decided to no longer certify programmable thermostats, since several studies showed that people at home did not take advantage of the thermostat’s programming possibilities. One reason why people didn’t program ... [continue reading]

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Standard Retrofit Packages—What Works?

Jim Gunshinan

If we want to make good, or great, home performance a reality for more people and families across North America, we must come to some agreement on standard retrofit packages that work. Not every house is the same, but we can agree on standards that can be widely, quickly, and efficiently applied to similar housing types. The home performance community has more than three decades of experience to bear on the question. Please add your ... [continue reading]

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David Byrnes

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BPI Launches Home Rating Program Using DOE's Home Energy Score

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Leslie McDowell

Today the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced the launch of a national rating program to provide customers with an affordable, easy to understand rating of their home that can be combined with a comprehensive home energy audit. The BPI Rating Program is now available in Florida, which last July recognized BPI as one of a select group of organizations authorized to provide a Building Energy-Efficiency Rating System (BERS) in the state. BPI's program begins ... [continue reading]

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Purchase Bulk Green and Energy Star Products at Discount Prices!

Elena Keamy

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Persistence Pays Off

Persistence Pays Off

Tom Grandy

Many years ago I worked for a boss that would occasionally ask me questions that he already knew the answers to. Why? He wanted to know if I knew the answer. A couple of years ago I started asking contractors in my seminars a question. Like my old boss, I thought I knew the answer to the question before I asked it. I was wrong! The simple question involved how many times the contractor called ... [continue reading]

A Valentine's Day Lesson

A Valentine's Day Lesson

Jim Gunshinan

Our motto at Home Energy, especially today, could be, We Love Houses. We do, and I have to admit to being a little house-proud. I feel good about the simple lifestyle we live at home, and the low amount of energy we use compared to our neighbors. But “pride goes before the fall,” paraphrasing Proverbs 16:18.  [continue reading]

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4 Online Ways to Boost Your Business

Kurt Jacobson

There’s no doubt that, living in the digital age, the internet plays a crucial role in the success or failure of any business. In the building industry, this can especially be the case as clients take to the internet and review boards to find qualified contractors. A strong online presence can do wonders for your business and what’s more, creating an online presence for your business doesn’t need to ... [continue reading]

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Let's Hear It for People Who Sweat and Get Dirty!

Jim Gunshinan

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