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What Do We Do Now?

What Do We Do Now?

Jim Gunshinan

After the ARRA funding runs out at the end of March, 2012, what do we do? That was the big question on the minds of attendees today at the 2011 National Association for State Community Services Program (NASCSP) Training Conference in Seattle. At the same time everyone felt the need to recognize the huge success achieved by WAP in the three years covered by the ARRA funding, especially because of recent criticism of the WAP program in ... [continue reading]

Voices from the NASCSP 2011 Annual Training Conference in Seattle

Voices from the NASCSP 2011 Annual Training Conference in Seattle

Jim Gunshinan

Voices from the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), Wednesday, September 21: [continue reading]

Rocket Scientists Need Not Apply

Rocket Scientists Need Not Apply

Macie Schreibman

If you think the key to building a net-zero home is about the stuff you use to build it, you should have a conversation with Ann Edminster. Author of the book, “Energy Free – Homes for a Small Planet,” Ann is a firm believer that building net-zero energy homes is about compiling a team of workers with the same vision. “It’s not so much about the stuff, rather how we ... [continue reading]

How Big Is Your Google Footprint?

How Big Is Your Google Footprint?

Pierre Delforge

The biggest energy and environmental impact of using Google and other internet services may not be where you think it is. The rapid spread of large data centers that power the internet is responsible for a growing energy use and share of carbon emissions. It is tempting to jump to the conclusion that the internet and all its services stand in the way of energy and environmental sustainability. Not necessarily so! Google recently released the ... [continue reading]

Replacement Windows for Dummies

Replacement Windows for Dummies

Macie Schreibman

Recently, Home Energy Publisher Tom White participated in an interview with "Replacement Windows for Dummies," the popular book series known for approachable information on nearly every topic. They discussed what's new in the world of windows, tips on hiring qualified window installers, and much more. Below is a snippet of their conversation. [continue reading]

Solar Heat Sharing in Hamburg

Solar Heat Sharing in Hamburg

Ted Shoemaker

In a project that is alleged to be unique in Europe, residents of a Hamburg housing development can now collect solar heat with their rooftop panels during the summer, deposit it in a public storage unit and withdraw it in the winter for heating. The project, of the German power and gas company E.ON, has the partial support of the German government. Although solar power sharing is an advanced concept, the idea of doing ... [continue reading]

Un-Analytics: How Google Went Solar

Un-Analytics: How Google Went Solar

Dan Auld

Google loves talking about world before analytics -- when web owners knew almost nothing about their sites. Nothing useful, anyway. That all changed when a new technology came along that allowed web owners to monitor their sites as much as they wanted. Any time they wanted. Web sites suddenly became a business proposition, not just an enthusiasm for a few hobbyists. Flash forward from the introduction of Google Analytics up to 2007, when Google got into ... [continue reading]

Out of Control Attic Fans

Out of Control Attic Fans

A. Tamasin Sterner

Never underestimate lessons learned while out in the field. Just last week, Pure Energy Coach LLC found in two low-income weatherization jobs that attic fans can, put simply, be out of control! The following are notes from the field, as well as recommendations for program administrators and technicians: [continue reading]

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

Jim Gunshinan

Our own managing editor Jim Gunshinan has had a sideline for many years now; he is a stellar poet. He's honored a few of us here at the office by sharing a poem or two over the years. This has prompted us to nudge him towards sharing something with our Home Energy readers: He's finally done it, and you're in for treat! —Maggie Forti, Office Manager [continue reading]

We're Still Listening

We're Still Listening

Macie Schreibman

It’s officially been a month since our new website has launched, and we’re constantly improving its features. [continue reading]

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