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The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) honored eight New England contractors this fall at the organization's annual golf tournament in Stow, Mass., sponsored by the Massachusetts/Rhode Island COOL SMART program.  The winners received awards for excellence in the quality installation of energy efficient air conditioning systems in 2012.  The contractors, who specialize in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), were honored for their contributions to the COOL SMART program.  The ... [continue reading]

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One Millionth Weatherized Home Milestone Events

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On September 27, 2012, the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP) celebrated the one millionth home weatherized nationwide since April 2009. Partnering with state and local agencies, two celebrations took place – one in the east and one in the west.  Since 1976, the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has made the homes of low-income families safer, healthier, and more energy efficient with 7.4 million households served. [continue reading]

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A Visit to Southface

Macie Melendez

A few weeks ago, while attending the NASCSP conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I took an afternoon to visit some friends of the magazine at Southface. Southface promotes comfortable, energy-, water-, and resource-efficient homes, workplaces and communities throughout the Southeast. They have a resource center as well as an education facility for the home performance community. As a newbie to Atlanta and to the Southface offices, I asked for a tour of the building (which is ... [continue reading]

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Nanogrids Can Support Smart Grid Success

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One Millionth Home Weatherized

One Millionth Home Weatherized

Rebecca Stewart

Today the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) and the Community Action Partnership celebrated the one-millionth home weatherized nationwide since April 2009. Partnering with state and local agencies, celebrations took place today in Twin Falls, Idaho and Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. Since 1976, the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has made the homes of low-income families safer, healthier, and more energy efficient with 7.4 million households served. [continue reading]

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