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Macie Melendez

Home Energy has become a new member of the new U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Residential Network, which connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from each other to dramatically increase the number of American homes that are energy efficient. [continue reading]

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Dimmable Lights

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Home Performance with Energy Star Sponsor Guide Webinar Recording Posted

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Cortney Krauss

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Multifamily Job Task Analyses Validation Study

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Macie Melendez

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Macie Melendez

The National Council on Aging reports that there are more than 23 million Americans aged 60+ that are economically insecure (living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level). For housing developers in the southwest, this number is of particular concern. A recent study by the Arizona Housing Alliance showed that more than 200,000 residents are paying upwards of 78% of their income in rent. [continue reading]

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