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Got Condensation? It's Not Your Windows

Got Condensation? It's Not Your Windows

Tom Herron

Condensation is a persistent and often misunderstood issue. Homeowners sometimes think their windows are defective when they discover condensation on them, but it’s actually caused by high humidity in their homes. [continue reading]

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Ted Shoemaker

People often avoid ventilating rooms during the cold season to avoid loss of heat. But this, the German Energy Agency (dena) warns, brings a big risk with it: mold. [continue reading]

NV Energy's mPowered Residential Integrated Demand Side Management Program

NV Energy's mPowered Residential Integrated Demand Side Management Program

Mary Placido

EcoFactor recently announced third-party measurement and verification results from its deployment of NV Energy’s mPowered residential integrated demand side management (IDSM) program, with more than 22,000 customers so far. The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 EcoFactor reduced A/C usage by 11%. The EcoFactor solution accomplished all of this while maintaining consumer comfort and saving them an average of $100 per year. [continue reading]

Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs

Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs

Audrey Neuman

Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the electric distribution utility serving more than 52,000 customers in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, recently announced it is launching CEIVA Energy’s home energy management system that will provide customers with easy-to-understand information about their household’s energy usage, right on their kitchen counter. Several large utilities in the United States have already deployed CEIVA Energy’s home energy management system platform, but Guelph Hydro is the ... [continue reading]

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Jason Fowler

If you work with homeowners who live somewhere inland, one of their top considerations when choosing new windows for their home is probably efficient insulation. However, homeowners who live close to the coast in states like South Carolina and Florida most likely have two top considerations: insulation… and protection against hurricanes. They’ll need windows that are going to help keep their home energy efficient, but that can also hold up against hurricane-force ... [continue reading]

Home Performance Coalition Names Brian T. Castelli as Chief Executive Officer

Home Performance Coalition Names Brian T. Castelli as Chief Executive Officer

Amy Kozusko

The board of directors of the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) announced today that its search for a chief executive officer has concluded and that Brian T. Castelli has been named to the position.  [continue reading]

Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance

Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance

Scott Mellberg

Homeowners are often aware of the different problems they experience in their homes: uncomfortable rooms, high utility bills, poor indoor air quality, etc. However, homeowners are generally unfamiliar with the concept of home performance, the whole house approach, and how energy efficiency upgrades can address these concerns. We regularly hear these stories and find that by listening, asking the right questions, educating, and providing guidance, we can help homeowners feel comfortable with a whole home ... [continue reading]

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

Jim Gunshinan

Here are the final numbers for my Energy Upgrade California home retrofit.   Table 1. Air Leakage (CFM50)   Test-in air leakage      Test-out air leakage 1,850                         1,530   Table 2. Duct Leakage    Test-in duct leakage   *Test-out duct leakage 22%                             10%   *Note: The duct leakage ... [continue reading]

NIST Test House Exceeds Goal

NIST Test House Exceeds Goal

Mark Bello

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.* [continue reading]

 Strategies To Keep Millennials At Their Peak Performance In a Home Performance Company

Strategies To Keep Millennials At Their Peak Performance In a Home Performance Company

David Byrnes

Let me first start by confessing my guilt. Guilt for being bored easily, guilt for wanting praise, even if it is a pat on my own back for an achievement, and guilt for being a millennial. On the other hand, I enjoy working in teams and I encourage frequent communication between all team members from administration staff to auditors, sales staff and crew members to improve our workflow.  [continue reading]

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