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January/February 2007 Editorial—Compliance: Following the Letter (and the Spirit) of the Law

January/February 2007 Editorial—Compliance: Following the Letter (and the Spirit) of the Law

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Several unrelated matters related to compliance with energy efficiency regulations crossed my desk recently (see “Caveat Emptor,” p. 12). These incidents illustrate that compliance—or failure to comply—with a regulation is not always objective. Indeed, one could say that there is a spectrum of “compliance.” First there is outright fraud. This was probably the case where the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered an insulation company to desist from its ... [continue reading]

Best of Building Science - Free Online Training

Best of Building Science - Free Online Training

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The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, State Energy Office now offers its "Best of Building Science" online training for free. Featured in the training are lessons learned from the Department Of Energy's Building America program, delivered by some of the nation's foremost building science professionals. They incorporate content from such sources as the Affordable Comfort conferences, Home Energy magazine articles, and the DOE Building America partner technology reports. Presented in a video-based "in ... [continue reading]

EPA Introduces WaterSense Labelling Program

EPA Introduces WaterSense Labelling Program

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America's water supplies are precious but not unlimited. Every drop counts. Water is the lifeblood for families, communities, and ecosystems. Using it efficiently is everybody's business. Increasingly, water and wastewater utilities, industry, and agriculture are relying on water efficiency as a low-risk and low-cost option to help meet growing demands. Faced with rising demands for water and an increased need for wastewater treatment, it's just common sense to use the water that we have as ... [continue reading]

November/December 2006 Editorial

November/December 2006 Editorial

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The Cost Of Air Tightening May Go Up by Max Sherman I grew up in an old, leaky house. I’ll bet a lot of Home Energy readers did too. When the wind blew, you could almost feel it inside. No one worried about getting enough ventilation then, though. After all, the Latin root of “ventilation,” ventilare, means to expose to the wind. Houses were said to breathe. Despite the back-to-nature feel ... [continue reading]

Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency a Success in its First Year

Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency a Success in its First Year

Home Energy

Formed in 2005, Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency (PHEE) is a joint effort by the US Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce the energy consumption of the average U.S. home by 10%  by 2015. Currently, US residents spend more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light and live in their homes. US residences account for approximatley 21% of our country's energy use, and ... [continue reading]

New Financing Program Makes Residential Solar Energy Systems More Accessible

New Financing Program Makes Residential Solar Energy Systems More Accessible

Home Energy

New Resource Bank and SunPower have teamed up in an effort to make residential solar systems more accessible to California homeowners. New Resource Bank, a new commercial bank in San Francisco that finances efficient and sustainable resources within the community, will now provide simple and one-step financing to customers who want to install SunPower residential solar systems. The bank's financing program offers long-term financing over a 25-year loan period that matches SunPower's solar panel warranty. ... [continue reading]

Project New Orleans

Project New Orleans

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The Tulane School of Architecture and the New Orleans African-American Museum present "Project New Orleans," an exhibit presenting architectural and planning proposals for the post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans. The exhibit, featuring more than 3000 visual boards by professional, student and activist designers, opened Saturday, October 28 and will run through December 8, 2006. In addition, the exhibit will be posted as an interactive resource on the Tulane School of Architecture website, and a book presenting the ... [continue reading]

Welcome to the new Home Energy Web Site!

Welcome to the new Home Energy Web Site!

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Sleepless Media has redesigned our entire site, making it easier to navigate and easier to use. All articles are now available in HTML format and a new search function has been implemented that will help you to find the information you are looking for.  We hope you will enjoy the new look of Home Energy online. Come back often for updated Home Energy news. And, if you happen to experience any difficulties with the ... [continue reading]

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