The Curse of the TRC

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The Curse of the TRC

Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs

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Will Customers Pay for Residential Energy Efficiency Services?

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November 01, 1997

Nobody really knows how the utility or home performance industry is going to sell unsubsidized energy efficiency services to residential customers. [continue reading]

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What's Being Built Out There? Performance Tests on 100 New Homes

Author: Arnie Katz
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September 01, 1997

People who know building science often cringe when they see new construction with the same old problems. Leaky ducts, poor air sealing, improperly sized mechanical systems all seem too common. But visiting construction sites only shows part of the problem. [continue reading]

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Can Better Utility Bills Save Energy?

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May 01, 1997

Bills are often the only communication link between a utility and its customers. As the utility industry moves into a more competitive environment, it will be more important for utilities to maintain contact with their customers and provide additional services. [continue reading]

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Chicago Apartments Get New Lease on Life

Author: Paul Knight
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March 01, 1997

Walking through abandoned multifamily buildings is urban spelunking. The buildings are dark, dreary, and damp. Water drips in from the roof. Pitfalls abound. One must be cautious of dark shafts and mounds of who-knows-what. H [continue reading]

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Shedding Light on Home Lighting Use

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January 01, 1997

Place enough lighting loggers in enough homes for a long enough time and you should get a good idea of how long people leave their lights on. [continue reading]

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Constructive Restructuring

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November 01, 1996

The opening of the electric industry to competitive forces could determine the future of low-income energy efficiency initiatives in the United States. [continue reading]

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A Plan to Stop Fluffing and Cheating in Attic Insulation

Author: Nan Wishner
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May 01, 1996

In the mid-1980s, a Georgia utility became concerned about the large number of attic insulation jobs being done for its energy-efficient home construction program that failed to meet the program's standards. [continue reading]

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The Changing Marketplace: Recovering the Costs for Efficiency Services

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May 01, 1996

Historically, residential energy efficiency services have been subsidized by utility ratepayers and by taxpayers through federal and state government programs. [continue reading]

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

Sarah Smith

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

If you are investigating options for renovating an older home or building a new domicile, it’s likely that ...

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Ted Shoemaker

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

People often avoid ventilating rooms during the cold season to avoid loss of heat. But this, the German Energy Agency (...

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