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New Episode of Wx TV!

New Episode of Wx TV!

Jim Gunshinan

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

BPI Announces ANSI Accreditation for its Standards Programs

BPI Announces ANSI Accreditation for its Standards Programs

Larry Zarker

Malta, NY, July 13, 2010 - The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization is pleased to announce that it received approval today from the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards. [continue reading]

Did Cash for Appliances Work?

Did Cash for Appliances Work?

Scott Case

Energy Savvy Cash for Appliances   It’s a huge success. It hasn’t gone anywhere. Actually, it’s a little of both. [continue reading]

Do You Offer Weatherization Training?

Do You Offer Weatherization Training?

Leslie Jackson

The DOE recently released a this 4-minute video about the training offerings of The Weatherization Training Program at Pennsylvania College in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. [continue reading]

A Closer Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps

A Closer Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps

Jim Gunshinan

Henry Gifford is a man who designs mechanical systems for very energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable apartment buildings in New York City, along with his partner, architect Chris Benedict. In a recent article in Fine Homebuilding, Henry explained how geothermal heat pumps work in a way that I will always remember. I paraphrase: [continue reading]

Slowing Down PACE

Slowing Down PACE

Jim Gunshinan

Berkeley pioneered a way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy installations on buildings in 2008. Since then, 22 states have introduced similar programs. But the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) is being blocked for the time being by, of all things, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, holders of about half of the home mortgages in the country and a major player in the financial crisis that we are still recovering from. PACE adds jobs and ... [continue reading]

Is the Hydrogen Highway a Good Idea Again?

Is the Hydrogen Highway a Good Idea Again?

Jim Gunshinan

Remember the Hydrogen Highway that would run the length of California and provide the infrastructure for the Hydrogen Economy? California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger talked up the idea in his 2004 State of the State Address: [continue reading]

July/August 2010 Editorial: A Cottage Industry with High Electricity Use

July/August 2010 Editorial: A Cottage Industry with High Electricity Use

Alan Meier

Can growing marijuana change the way homes use electricity? In rural Humboldt County, in far-northern California, there’s no doubt that it can. Figure 1 tracks average monthly residential electricity use in Humboldt County and in California. Until the mid-1990s, these two values were almost identical. But after 1996, Humboldt County’s electricity use suddenly turned upward. What happened? In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which legalized the medical use of marijuana. In practice, Proposition 215 ... [continue reading]

May/June 2010 Editorial: Targeting the High Users

May/June 2010 Editorial: Targeting the High Users

Alan Meier

Photo by Jovan Peric - Fotolia.com Homes with high energy consumption are likely to provide us more opportunities to save energy. If that’s true, then why don’t we see more programs and businesses geared toward the high users? [continue reading]

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