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Why Fluorescent Lighting Isn't Dead - Part 1

Allan Chen

The future of energy-efficient lighting, many experts will tell you, is the solid-state LED (light-emitting diode). You have already begun to see these tiny, bead-like lights in special applications such as traffic signals, exit signs, automotive headlights, and lightweight flashlights. Maybe you have begun to see them in high-end ambient room lighting applications, such as energy-efficient desk lamps and kitchen underlights. "The common view," says Francis Rubinstein, a scientist and energy-efficient lighting expert ... [continue reading]

Q&A with Corey Breed, Vent Cap Systems

Q&A with Corey Breed, Vent Cap Systems

Macie Schreibman

At the most recent ACI conference that took place in San Francisco, Home Energy had the opportunity to see old friends and, of course, make new ones. Although there were many great conversations had, there were a few people that stuck out to me. One of those people was Corey Breed, founder of Vent Cap Systems. We were trade show floor neighbors and we got to talking. [continue reading]

What You Donít Know About Foam

What You Donít Know About Foam

Macie Schreibman

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Noah Horowitz

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Promoting Green Jobs for the Future

Promoting Green Jobs for the Future

Macie Schreibman

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Century Club Award Winners

Century Club Award Winners

Macie Schreibman

In life, there are some clubs that you are just dying to be a part of. In the life of a home performance contractor, that club is the Century Club. Defined by an award given each year by EPA and DOE, the Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award recognizes companies that improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in a year through the Home Performance with Energy Star program. [continue reading]

The Cost of Energy in NYC

The Cost of Energy in NYC

Macie Schreibman

In New York City, office buildings consume nearly 80% of all the city’s energy, making that energy weigh in at $2.50 per square foot—nearly $1 more than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. [continue reading]

Efficient Cooking

Efficient Cooking

Ted Shoemaker

A recent study done by Germany’s Bonn University has determined the most energy efficient ways of cooking. The study, done by Professor Dr. Rainer Stamminger and his assistants, was commissioned by the HEA, a German organization that supports energy efficiency. The results were presented to the Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) 2011 international convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, and it was sponsored by the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Climate ... [continue reading]

Healthy Homes Leader Awards

Healthy Homes Leader Awards

Kenae Boyer

HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) and its partners are excited to announce the inaugural 2011 Healthy Homes Leader Awards. For the first time ever, we will acknowledge and honor the extraordinary achievements of those who are "Leading the Nation to Healthy Homes, Families and Communities." You're invited to nominate colleagues, state and local leaders, agency teams and programs that have made significant contributions to making our homes, ... [continue reading]

What's Hot in Hot Water

What's Hot in Hot Water

Macie Schreibman

During ACEEE’s Hot Water Forum that took place in Berkeley, California last week, not only did I learn a bit about water pipes and their distribution, but I also learned how the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center at the Berkeley Marina does their laundry. Just another hot topic among the professionals, manufacturers and specialists that came together to discuss what’s happening in the world of hot water. [continue reading]

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