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Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Jim Gunshinan

Since the beginning of the 20th century, oil has played the role of cheap labor in the U.S. economy and in economies around the world. Traditionally, we have been interested in the horsepower of our car engines, but what if we measured the energy we use in terms of human labor? To power a typical American home would require a small village of people riding bicycles powering electric generators 24 hours a day. Even after ... [continue reading]

GETS Goes National

GETS Goes National

Elena Foshay

Rising Sun Energy Center is proud to announce that its Green Energy Training Services (GETS) home performance training curriculum has been licensed by the Baltimore Center for Green Careers. [continue reading]

The Google Earth of IR Images—Q&A With Storm Duncan

The Google Earth of IR Images—Q&A With Storm Duncan

Macie Melendez

By now you may have heard about drive-by energy audits. But have you heard of drive-by energy audits performed on entire cities at the same time? Say hello to the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company, Essess. Essess (pronounced like “recess” without the “r”) has recently entered the home performance scene, and they’re making a lot of noise. In just a couple of weeks, we here at Home Energy received multiple emails ... [continue reading]

Meeting the Demand for a More Sustainable Kitchen

Meeting the Demand for a More Sustainable Kitchen

Andrew Brusnahan

In my opinion, it won’t be long until folks decide that when they want to remodel their home, or even build a brand-new home, they’ll want the final product to be more eco-friendly than its predecessor. For some individuals, this means simply installing the latest in shiny, new Energy Star-rated appliances. And for others, the demand reaches further than that, all the way to choosing a “green” contractor. [continue reading]

Crew Leader Certification – Changing the Game

Crew Leader Certification – Changing the Game

Dr. Richard Knaub

My mother just selected a contractor to replace her front door.  The low bid was half of the medium bid and the medium bid was half the high bid.  She didn’t like any of the salesmen and the doors were pretty much the same in construction and features.  So why did she pick the medium bid?  My mother is a savvy shopper and knows when she’s getting ... [continue reading]

Berkeley Lab Study Assesses Residential Cooking Exhaust Hoods

Berkeley Lab Study Assesses Residential Cooking Exhaust Hoods

Allan Chen

Cooking exhaust hoods designed for home kitchens vary widely in their ability to capture and vent away the air pollutants generated by the gas burners on cook stoves, according to a study by two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists. Of seven representative devices they tested, the capture efficiency varied from less than 15% to more than 98%.   The study, by Woody Delp and Brett Singer of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, ... [continue reading]

Conversations from the Wx Frontlines: Terry Emelander

Conversations from the Wx Frontlines: Terry Emelander

Macie Melendez

Another winner of the 2011 Weatherization Assistance Program National Recognition Award, presented at the National Weatherization Training Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, was Terry Emelander. (You can view an entire list of winners here.) [continue reading]

Conversations from the Wx Frontlines: Robert Parkhurst

Conversations from the Wx Frontlines: Robert Parkhurst

Macie Melendez

At the most recent National Weatherization Training Conference that took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, six people were presented with a 2011 Weatherization Assistance Program National Recognition Award. [continue reading]

Home Performance and the Real Estate Market: A Perfect Match

Home Performance and the Real Estate Market: A Perfect Match

Macie Melendez

If the home performance industry had an online dating profile, it would likely be looking for someone with a great network of friends that he could get to know. Home performance would also be looking for someone with a rich history (like himself), good looks that go beyond the surface, and someone who may be able to get some of his friends a job (hey, not everything in a relationship is about romance). Someone like ... [continue reading]

My Home’s Recent LEED Silver Certification

My Home’s Recent LEED Silver Certification

Trish Holder

I’m so conflicted right now.  I’m like George Clooney in the movie Up in The Air, after they tell him, midflight, that he has flown his ten millionth mile, making him part of a very, very exclusive club. [continue reading]

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