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A Valentine's Day Lesson

Jim Gunshinan

Our motto at Home Energy, especially today, could be, We Love Houses. We do, and I have to admit to being a little house-proud. I feel good about the simple lifestyle we live at home, and the low amount of energy we use compared to our neighbors. But “pride goes before the fall,” paraphrasing Proverbs 16:18.  [continue reading]

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4 Online Ways to Boost Your Business

Kurt Jacobson

There’s no doubt that, living in the digital age, the internet plays a crucial role in the success or failure of any business. In the building industry, this can especially be the case as clients take to the internet and review boards to find qualified contractors. A strong online presence can do wonders for your business and what’s more, creating an online presence for your business doesn’t need to ... [continue reading]

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Let's Hear It for People Who Sweat and Get Dirty!

Jim Gunshinan

I worked as a janitor at St. Camillus elementary school after school and in the summers when I was in high school. I enjoyed the camaraderie with the other high school kids I worked with, and the crusty Dutch man who was our boss. We cleaned every afternoon in the school year and on weekends, and then painted, cut the grass, and did maintenance on the heating system and other equipment in the summer. We ... [continue reading]

Smart Homes Means Smart Homeowners

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Macie Melendez

I remember my parents getting our family’s first computer from my school in the ’90s. It was small and the screen was black with green lettering. It was primarily for communication between parents and teachers, but it was cool and it was useful. Our next computer took residence on a huge desk right near our dining room table. I didn’t use it much, but I watched my parents and my ... [continue reading]

Energy Efficiency Meets Aging-in-Place

Energy Efficiency Meets Aging-in-Place

Tom & Suzanne Werkema

Usually when people retire they downsize. We upsized. My wife and I built our retirement home near Knoxville, Tennessee, many hundreds of miles from our children, parents, and siblings. We wanted plenty of space to host family and friends, even if they arrived in bunches or stayed for months. [continue reading]

Why Google's Acquisition of Nest is Great News for the Home Performance Industry

Why Google's Acquisition of Nest is Great News for the Home Performance Industry

Peter Troast

In my view, Google's acquisition of Nest is a very good sign for the home performance industry. Why? Because the underlying math that had to have been Google's calculus for justifying a $3.2 billion valuation is fundamentally the same as that which drives home performance. Let me explain. [continue reading]

Now THAT'S How to Sell Replacement Systems

Now THAT'S How to Sell Replacement Systems

Tom Grandy

A few weeks ago I was performing a two-day Company Overview for Reliable Air Conditioning in Jasper, AL. When I arrived I was introduced to the office staff , including two individuals who focused on nothing but telemarketing. That immediately got my attention. Few trades companies utilize a telemarketing program. Telemarketing can be irritating when total strangers are called; however, when utilized on one's current customer base, it can be very effective. [continue reading]

The Next Generation of Home Performance Superheroes

The Next Generation of Home Performance Superheroes

Mike Kandel

The age-old question of “what will I be when I grow up?” can be a dark and dreary segue into the unknown for today’s young adults. They face challenges of unprecedented magnitude. A weak job market coupled with a wide income gap, social disparities, volatile swings in government policy, and waning municipal and state budgets generate far more questions than answers. [continue reading]

How Change Happens In Home Performance

How Change Happens In Home Performance

Jim Gunshinan

I was reviewing an article in Home Energy by Steve Mann that came out in the January/February issue (“DOE’s Challenge Home,” p. 6). He wrote on the latest iteration of DOE’s Challenge Home Program. Steve points out, in his usual insightful and articulate way, what he sees as the strengths and weakness of this program. I hope you’ve read it, or will read it. Send us your ... [continue reading]

Most New Residential Solar PV Projects in California are not Owned by Homeowners

Most New Residential Solar PV Projects in California are not Owned by Homeowners

April Lee

One of the biggest developments in the U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) market over the past few years has been the significant growth of residential solar PV systems not owned by homeowners. These are often referred to as third-party-owned systems. [continue reading]

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