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Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

Laurie Guevara-Stone

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of ... [continue reading]

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Connecticut Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Get a Fast Start on the Fall Season

Joe Cullen, Director of Policy and Outreach for HPC

September has already been a busy month on two critical energy efficiency (EE) issues directly impacting home performance contractors in Connecticut. First, the United States District Court in Hartford heard oral arguments on a lawsuit to restore $145 million on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy funds that were “swept” or taken out of EE program accounts by the Connecticut legislature in 2017. Second, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced a new, ... [continue reading]

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Why Open Standards Matter for Home Energy Efficiency

Julie Caracino, the Director of Research and Standards at the HPC

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Top 10 Tips for Residential HVAC Sales People in 2018

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Steve Gadsby

Selling to consumers in the residential HVAC market has changed over the last 10 years. The days of formality in a sale are fading away and consumers now are going with companies that can show the most transparency and connect better during a sale.   [continue reading]

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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—The Invisible Energy Mortgages in New Homes

Jim Gunshinan for Leo Ranier, LBNL

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them.  He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and a host of other devices that health and safety codes require in new homes.  Ventilation fans and radon fans—which are required to run continuously--are especially high ... [continue reading]

Two National Brands Join Forces Demonstrating Unity in Home Energy-Efficiency Rating Systems

Two National Brands Join Forces Demonstrating Unity in Home Energy-Efficiency Rating Systems

Lindsay Bachman

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Pearl Certification are now collaborating to ensure that the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index and Pearl Certification Reports complement each other in the new and existing homes markets. [continue reading]

Summer Season Highlights on Home Performance in the States

Summer Season Highlights on Home Performance in the States

Joe Cullen, HPC Director of Policy and Outreach

Although the Summer Season is quickly coming to an end, HPC has seen an unusual amount of positive activity in the states on residential energy efficiency policy – with more deadlines and activities coming through the end of August. HPC and its allies have been particularly active in the following states: [continue reading]

The Leading Edge in the Nation's Capitol

The Leading Edge in the Nation's Capitol

Lindsay Bachman

Nick knows homes. Several years ago, he started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He also helped modify a home that was part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a competition for students to design and build high performance buildings powered by renewable energy. On top of that, he’s built six passive houses. So when Nick decided to create an addition to his own home in Washington DC, he ... [continue reading]

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

Laurie Guevara-Stone

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Two Friends of Summer Study

Two Friends of Summer Study

Jim Gunshinan

The following profile first appeared in the Grapevine, a daily newsletter produced by Home Energy Magazine staff at the biannual ACEEE Summer Study in Buildings, heald at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. [continue reading]

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