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Leslie Gets Weatherized

Leslie Gets Weatherized

Jim Gunshinan

When Home Energy’s part-time Associate Editor Leslie Jackson got home from a trip to New Orleans, where she did research on the rebuilding since Hurricane Karina, she got a message on her phone. It was PG&E calling to tell her that since she had been accepted into their CARE program, for households whose income falls below a maximum requirement, they wanted to come out and weatherize her home. CARE is a ... [continue reading]

B&B's: adaptive reuse of historic homes

B&B's: adaptive reuse of historic homes

Tom White

In the current economy, one bed and breakfast proprietor is looking to branch out from the romantic, weekend vacationer image of B&B's and serve weekday business clientele as well.  "There are only 52 weekends a year", Ed Caldwell told me over a delicious breakfast, "and that's not enough to keep this business in the black."  Ed is the proprietor of the Dicken's House Bed & ... [continue reading]

Blower Door Training, Part 2

Blower Door Training, Part 2

Montana Weatherization Training Center

Hope you all enjoyed the start of our Blower Door Basics mini-series. The second part of this series is now online! [continue reading]

Weatherization savings follow waste

Weatherization savings follow waste

Tom White

Looking to maximize energy savings?  Then look for energy wasters.  "Savings follow waste", said Joel Eisenberg, Senior Analyst for Public Policy at Oak Ridge National Lab, speaking to attendees at his presentation for the National Community Action Foundation Energy Programs Leveraging Conference.  [continue reading]

Energy leveraging for Community Action Agencies

Energy leveraging for Community Action Agencies

Tom White

I'm in St. Petersburg, Florida, attending the National Community Action Foundation and Community Investment Futures Energy Conference.  Today is the conference kick-off and I'm looking forward to learning more about how community action agencies (CAA's), the prime movers of the US DOE weatherization program, are using energy leveraging projects to end poverty and improve energy affordability.   [continue reading]

Cool Roofs are...Cool!

Cool Roofs are...Cool!

Alana Shindler

I attended a terrific Friends of the Berkeley Lab public lecture on October 11th on “Cool Cities, Cool Planet,” presenting research on strategies to ease energy usage and costs by choosing solar reflective materials for roofing and pavement, while at the same time mitigating the effects of global warming. Speakers were Art Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley, founder of the LBNL Center for Building Science, and Commissioner at the ... [continue reading]

Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results

Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results

Robb Aldrich

It’s no secret that windows are a liability when it comes to heat loss in homes.  Conductance of quality insulated, low-e windows is typically 0.30-0.35 Btu/ft2hr°F, or about R-3.  If installed in a wall that performs at R-20, heat lost through windows is 6-7 times higher (per unit area) than heat loss through the rest of the wall.  Various window treatments have been used for years ... [continue reading]

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Montana Weatherization Training Center

The Montana Weatherization Training Center would like to inform you of this week's episodes of WxTV, online and ready for viewing. [continue reading]

Building Performance Training Lab on Wheels

Building Performance Training Lab on Wheels

Tom White

David Brown, VP of the Energy Conservation Institute, recently drove up from Ventura, Calif., towing a 3-ton building performance lab.  I met with David (middle in photo), another ECI trainer, and Lawrence Berkeley Lab staff scientist Iain Walker (right in photo) while David was in Northern Calif. to meet with utility, State Assembly members and building educators.  [continue reading]

Last Words

Last Words

Maggie Forti

With the Fall comes many changes; today I was reminded that within those changes some things remain the same. [continue reading]

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