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Electrical Installation Tips

Electrical Installation Tips

Ted Shoemaker

A German industry organization has practical tips on electrical installations for those who are building new or remodeling. A new brochure from Elektro+ points out that it is five times as expensive to install switches, outlets, and lighting fixtures after the fact than it is to install them initially. Hence, too many of them is better than too few. [continue reading]

Our Youth and Our Planet—Q&A With Berkeley High’s Green Academy

Our Youth and Our Planet—Q&A With Berkeley High’s Green Academy

Toni White

Hello readers! My Name is Toni White. I came to Home Energy magazine a little over a year ago as an office assistant intern. My home city is Berkeley, California (which is also where HE Mag is located). Berkeley is a small city that neighbors San Francisco and Oakland, and has a population of about 112,000. I call Berkeley the “Hippie City” as it’s very open-minded, liberal, has a mixture of different ... [continue reading]

Green Roofs for Homeless Youth

Green Roofs for Homeless Youth

Macie Melendez

In August 2011, Affordable Housing Associates (AHA) celebrated the completion of Harmon Gardens, a multifamily apartment building that provides shelter and supportive services for 15 transition-age youth, ages 18–24, which are homeless or at risk of homelessness. [continue reading]

A Weatherization Program Evaluation Story

A Weatherization Program Evaluation Story

Claire Cowan

How do you get 51 state offices and 904 local weatherization agencies to complete detailed surveys during the largest production push the weatherization community has ever seen? [continue reading]

Video Reveals Truth About Smart Grid

Video Reveals Truth About Smart Grid

Elisa Wood

We don’t think about energy until something goes wrong, and this week things went wrong on an historic level. As a result, the public and pundits are again focusing on the fragility of big electric grids. [continue reading]

University Park, Maryland, Plans to STEP Into New Communities

University Park, Maryland, Plans to STEP Into New Communities

Macie Melendez

Based on its success in University Park, Maryland, the Small Town Energy Program for University Park (STEP-UP) is expanding into surrounding communities to demonstrate that the program is replicable and scalable beyond University Park. [continue reading]

In Memoriam: Carol Markell

In Memoriam: Carol Markell

Home Energy Staff

We are very sad to announce the sudden passing of our colleague, Carol Markell. Carol died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 19, in the company of her closest friends while on vacation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As Home Energy’s Advertising and Marketing Manager for over a decade, Carol developed relationships with scores of Home Performance industry professionals and advertisers, networking at conferences and in countless phone calls. In so doing, she helped grow the ... [continue reading]

I Confess the Need for Building Standards and Worker Training

I Confess the Need for Building Standards and Worker Training

Jim Gunshinan

I was discussing an upcoming article with my colleagues at Home Energy magazine about the Standard Work Specifications (SWS) being developed by DOE for single home, multifamily, and manufactured housing retrofits, and it brought to mind an experience I had as teenager, the need for confession, and the importance of standards. [continue reading]

How Shaunna Mozingo Manifests Her Save-The-World Complex

How Shaunna Mozingo Manifests Her Save-The-World Complex

Suzanne Pletcher

When Shaunna Mozingo raised her hand and volunteered to learn building energy efficiency codes, she had no idea that she would transform her career and her life. [continue reading]

The Shifting Nature of the U.S. Housing Market

The Shifting Nature of the U.S. Housing Market

Macie Melendez

The Demand Institute, a nonprofit organization that works to illuminate how consumer demand is evolving around the world, recently released its first major publication: The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand, which was done by Louise Keely, Bart van Ark, Gad Levanon, and Jeremy Burbank. Although the report explains the housing markets shifts in much more detail, the bottom line, according to the organization's analysis, is that the worst of the housing crash ... [continue reading]

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