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One Story Among Many at Home Energy Magazine

Jim Gunshinan

On November 1, 2013, Home Energy began its 30th year in existence. The storytelling will begin officially in our January/February 2014 issue, when, along with a lot of new content and some new features, we reprise an article from our first issue—on the energy efficient use of water beds! Unofficially, the storytelling has already begun. Home Energy began in an office at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a few years ago we moved our shop ... [continue reading]

How to Demonstrate The Importance of a Whole-Home Energy Audit

How to Demonstrate The Importance of a Whole-Home Energy Audit

Tara Dawn

Many homeowners want their homes to be as energy efficient as possible, but many also struggle to identify the best ways to achieve that goal. All too often contractors are called to a home to address an issue that may only be part of a home’s efficiency issues. When speaking with clients about the best ways to improve the overall energy integrity of homes, one of the best places to start is with ... [continue reading]

December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

Rae Tamblyn

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Timothy Warfield

Weatherization product and service suppliers were well represented at Weatherization Drives New Technology and the Home Performance Industry, the White House event hosted by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) on December 9th. Results of the event will help in our campaign to persuade Congress to increase Weatherization funding in 2014. For those in attendance as well as those who watched from afar via live stream, we thank you. The event generated ... [continue reading]

Does Your State Reward Energy Efficiency?

Does Your State Reward Energy Efficiency?

Ben Barnes

Homeowners throughout the United States can find incentives for making their homes more energy efficient with federal and state government tax credits. Take a look at the highlights from the states making the most significant investments in energy efficiency. [continue reading]

BPI's Building Science Principles Certificate: Why I Did It and Why You Should Too

BPI's Building Science Principles Certificate: Why I Did It and Why You Should Too

Emily Shaw

You can tell how long someone’s been in a particular industry by their mastery of the acronyms. I joined EnergyCircle on October 23 as a technical project manager, and I already knew all the web development acronyms: UX, HTML, FTP, CSS, UAT, XML, SQL.  But when my new job began a month ago, I knew no more than the average person about home performance. I started hearing CFM, ACH, XPS, VOC, SHGC, SEER, ... [continue reading]

Book Review: Multi Family Weatherization Resource Guide

Book Review: Multi Family Weatherization Resource Guide

Heather Larson

Multi Family Weatherization Resource Guide by the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc., 2012, New York is a tool for professionals working on the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to apply their services to multifamily buildings. It provides details on technical topics and a broad policy context of how the national WAP has been implemented on the state and local level and relates to other low-income housing resources. [continue reading]

Old World Solutions for Amazingly Efficient Modern HVAC Alternatives

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Ruben Keogh

I’m anything but a Luddite (I suppose I wouldn’t be writing an article for the internet if I was). If given the choice between a “classic” piece of equipment/technology and the most recent version or, say, between a homeopathic/alternative medical treatment and the most contemporary course of Western treatment, it’s a no-brainer: I’ll take the modern option every time. I only bring this ... [continue reading]

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

Tom White

ACI hosted its Regional Home Performance Conference (#acica13) in La Jolla, Calif. earlier this week for approximately 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This event comes at a critical juncture as the second phase of Energy Upgrade California (the first was during the ARRA Recovery Act period) is currently ramped up by the Regional Area Networks, the new configuration of utilities, program managers, and implementers.  [continue reading]

Report on Whole House Ratings in California

Report on Whole House Ratings in California

Michael E. Bachand

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