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The insurance industry, the world's largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published today in the journal Science. [continue reading]

Simple Energy Messages from the Property Brothers

Simple Energy Messages from the Property Brothers

Macie Melendez

As I recently reviewed in my “Storytelling from BECC” blog, media provides a huge opportunity for the home performance industry to make it into the mainstream. That’s why I was pleased to see recently that HGTV’s show “Property Brothers” was dolling out advice that I’ve heard more than once at industry conferences. [continue reading]

Californians See Significant Increase in Solar Water Heating Rebates

Californians See Significant Increase in Solar Water Heating Rebates

California Solar Initiative

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an increase in rebates offered through the California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program of up to 45%. The CPUC authorized the higher rebates to help boost early adoption of solar water heating technology and encourage involvement in the statewide program.   The increased incentive structure applies to the early steps of the CSI-Thermal Program, with cash rebates rising 45% for qualifying systems installed on single-family homes and by 13.33% for ... [continue reading]

Book Review: Measured Home Performance

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Steve Mann

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California’s Energy Future

California’s Energy Future

Allan Chen

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Australia in the Top 10 Countries for New Solar Power Installations

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Faith Fernandez

According to figures from clean energy authority Clean Technica, Australia is ranked 6 in the world for new solar power connections per capita to the end of 2011. This is great news for anyone with an interest in creating a greener future for our country. Sitting in front of Australia is Italy, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, and Greece. Interestingly, the UK is ranked 14 and the USA is in position 31. [continue reading]

Home Energy Saver Website Leads the Way to Savingstown

Home Energy Saver Website Leads the Way to Savingstown

Eric Barendsen

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Blu Homes Teams Up to Offer Housing for Homeless

Blu Homes Teams Up to Offer Housing for Homeless

Macie Melendez

California- and Massachusetts-based green precision home builder Blu Homes announced that it has partnered with nonprofit Homeward Bound of Marin on a critically needed permanent, supportive housing project for homeless families in Marin County, California. [continue reading]

The Installed Price of Solar PV Systems Continues to Decline

The Installed Price of Solar PV Systems Continues to Decline

Allan Chen

The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2011 and through the first half of 2012, according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost-tracking report produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).  [continue reading]

What stops banks from lending to energy efficiency projects?

What stops banks from lending to energy efficiency projects?

Elisa Wood

Four years after the US credit market crashed, energy efficiency projects continue to struggle to secure financing. [continue reading]

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