Tom White

TOM WHITE is the publisher of Home Energy magazine. Tom has over thirty years of experience in publishing, including Whole Earth Review, Greater Good magazine and the Social Enterprise Reporter. He also has restored and retrofitted award-winning historic homes with his domestic partner.

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Back Porch: RESNET's Building Performance Conference

Author: Tom White
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April 30, 2016

RESNET convened its Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale this March, a hospitable time of year in the Arizona desert. I roamed the sessions, and a few of the bars, to keep abreast of developments in ... [continue reading]

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Back Porch: Nexia: Connecting Homeowners, HVAC Installers, and Dealers

Author: Tom White
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August 31, 2016

This past May at Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™: Connected Home Conference, I had the opportunity to speak with George Land, General Manager of Nexia—a consumer-facing brand for connected home solutions within Trane&... [continue reading]

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Why We Save: When the Cost of Energy Hits Home

Why We Save: When the Cost of Energy Hits Home

Tom White

As we work to save energy, one of our goals is to save dollars for consumers. But there are other costs that energy professionals can minimize as well, for example, obtaining and transporting energy and building materials. Knowing that we are helping to minimize these 'external' costs will renew our motivation to save energy, and hopefully inspire home energy users to save as well. 'External' costs include the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill; U.S ... [continue reading]

Carrier Launches Home Performance Program at ACI National Conference

Carrier Launches Home Performance Program at ACI National Conference

Tom White

Carrier Corporation, the largest air conditioning producer in the world, introduced their new home performance program, at the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Baltimore, for Carrier factory authorized dealers and their residential customers. This is a big vote of confidence for the home performance industry from a major U.S. manufacturer. [continue reading]

Home Energy Saver Launches Online Forum for Homeowners

Home Energy Saver Launches Online Forum for Homeowners

Tom White

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab – www.lbl.gov), in partnership with the staff of Home Energy magazine (www.HomeEnergy.org), have launched the Home Energy Saver Community, an online forum for homeowners and remodelers. [continue reading]

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

Tom White

ACI hosted its Regional Home Performance Conference (#acica13) in La Jolla, Calif. earlier this week for approximately 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This event comes at a critical juncture as the second phase of Energy Upgrade California (the first was during the ARRA Recovery Act period) is currently ramped up by the Regional Area Networks, the new configuration of utilities, program managers, and implementers. [continue reading]

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 1

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 1

Tom White

Van Jones delivered the opening plenary keynote speech for ACI's 2014 National Home Performance Conference in Detroit last week. I've been aware of Van's work since he started the Green Collar Job Corps program at the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif., back in 2007. Van was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act that was signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush in that year. [continue reading]

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 2

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 2

Tom White

[This is the second in a three-part inteview with Van Jones, who delivered the keynote address in Detroit, Mich., on April 30, 2014, to attendees of the ACI National Home Performance Conference. The full interview is posted in three consecutive blogs. Click here to read Part 1. We plan to publish the entire interview in an article in Home Energy magazine.] [continue reading]

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 3

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 3

Tom White

[This is the third in a three-part inteview with Van Jones, who delivered the keynote address in Detroit, Mich., on April 30, 2014, to attendees of the ACI National Home Performance Conference. The full interview is posted in three consecutive blogs. Click here to read Part 1. Click here to read Part 2.] [continue reading]

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, and building scientists: "We’re the warriors of sustainability...We already know everything we need to know to build sustainable buildings—the question is, Can we internalize it into our culture and incorporate that learning into our practices?" [continue reading]

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