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New Study Dispels Myth That Leaks In Interior Ductwork Do Not Contribute to Home Energy Loss

Brad Brenner

February 26, 2018 – Comfort Institute today released finding from a new study that indicates leaks in ductwork located in conditioned space can have a significant impact on energy savings. The study, conducted by Comfort Institute in combination with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), showed that the amount of conditioned air seeping through the building envelope and escaping to the outside of the home was reduced by an average of 11.4% after the ducts were effectively sealed. ... [continue reading]

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How We Turned Our House into a Giant Foam Box, Part I by Wen Lee

Leslie Jackson

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are DIY converting their suburban house into an all-electric zero net energy home via superinsulation, efficient appliances, onsite solar, and conservation strategies. They chronicle their attempts at a low-carbon, low-cost, and joyful lifestyle on their blog Frugal Happy, which the following post is adapted from. [continue reading]

From Philly to DC: Join Us on Capitol Hill

From Philly to DC: Join Us on Capitol Hill

Keith Aldridge

By now you have probably heard – as part of this year’s HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show in Philadelphia, we are hosting a federal lobby day in DC! We will leave the conference a day early, take a bus down to DC, and meet with key lawmakers to share your story and explain why sound energy efficiency policy matters. [continue reading]

Home Performance Coalition Calls on Congress to Support Federal Energy Efficiency Programs

Home Performance Coalition Calls on Congress to Support Federal Energy Efficiency Programs

Jim Gunshinan

February 12, 2018 - Washington DC – Today, President Trump released his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2019, which includes a significant cut in funding for residential energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). The Weatherization Assistance Program, Energy STAR and the State Energy Program are zeroed out completely in the President’s budget. [continue reading]

Stick to the Basics in New Home Construction

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Andrew Scatizzi

Thousands of energy models for newly constructed single family homes is a treasure trove of information if you’re like me and have a zealous obsession with cutting kilowatt-hours. As the utility company, we pay monetary incentives to builders that construct homes above an energy baseline, which in 2017 was a mixture of codes and measures from 2009 and 2015 IECC, with the overall goal of cutting peak demand and electricity consumption. The one overarching theme after ... [continue reading]

HPC Files Comments to Four Illinois Utilities' Energy Efficiency Plans

HPC Files Comments to Four Illinois Utilities' Energy Efficiency Plans

Joe Cullen

On January 29, 2018, the Home Performance Coalition submitted comments on four Illinois investor owned utilities’ energy efficiency plans. Comments on the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas Plans were submitted through the Illinois Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group which reports its evaluations to the Illinois Commerce Commission. [continue reading]

Featuring the Fundamentals Track as Part of the 2018 National Home Performance Conference!

Featuring the Fundamentals Track as Part of the 2018 National Home Performance Conference!

Bethany Dittmar

The National Home Performance Conference is where home performance and weatherization professionals gather to hear what’s new in the industry, learning from a diverse group of presenters, discussing cutting edge content and advanced building science techniques for experienced attendees. But at the heart of the conference is providing education that lays a solid groundwork for those new to the industry, office staff, or those who just need a refresher in important industry topics. [continue reading]

Advocacy Matters! Join us for Contractor Lobby Day 2018

Advocacy Matters! Join us for Contractor Lobby Day 2018

Brian Toll, President of ecobeco

Last fall, a group of Maryland contractors hit the Hill to meet with legislators and their staff. Our goal was simple – to educate lawmakers on what we do and why it matters, and explain what types of policies can help our businesses grow. One meeting we had turned out to be particularly important, and that was our meeting with Senator Van Hollen (D-MD). [continue reading]

Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation

Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation

Allison Bailes

When I woke up Saturday morning, the temperature outdoors was -40 degrees†. The wind chill was -100 degrees! It was just unbelievably, impossibly, inhumanly cold outside. Fortunately, that was on a mountaintop in New Hampshire and not where I was. I happened to have woken up on a mountaintop in North Carolina, where the temperature was a much warmer -3° F. [continue reading]

Using God Talk—or Not—to Help the Planet?

Using God Talk—or Not—to Help the Planet?

Jim Gunshinan

I am always impressed with the work of Susan Shelton and the Shelton Group. So an email message with the subject line from her office, “Age, religion & environmental messaging: what works?” immediately caught my attention. [continue reading]

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