Macie Melendez

Macie Melendez is Home Energy's Assistant Editor.

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Money Well Spent: A Look at the Recovery Act's WAP Milestones

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March 01, 2012

From the beginning, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was all about the numbers: $5 billion doled out to 50 states, the U.S. territories, and Indian tribes for three ... [continue reading]

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The XX Factor

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January 02, 2013

Q&A with Ann Atkinson and a look into ACI's Women in Home Performance initiative. [continue reading]

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Women Undervaluing Themselves

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March 01, 2014

In the course of researching a future article on women in home performance, I sent out a request via e-mail and social media asking women this question: What’s the biggest obstacle you’... [continue reading]

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Let's Talk Gender: What Women Bring to Home Performance

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July 02, 2014

It’s no secret that home performance is a male-dominated industry. Attend any industry conference and you’ll quickly see that women are vastly outnumbered. That being said, there are still women in ... [continue reading]

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Thirty Under 30

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September 04, 2014

This issue officially marks Home Energy's 30th year in print, which gives us the opportunity to both reflect upon where we've been and look forward to where we're going. [continue reading]

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How Solar Decathletes Communicate and What We Can Learn from Them

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March 01, 2016

DOE’s Solar Decathlon is a challenge posed to collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy efficient, and attractive. The 2015 competition took place October 8–18 at the Orange ... [continue reading]

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Women Rocking Home Performance in All Roles at Ecotelligent Homes

Women Rocking Home Performance in All Roles at Ecotelligent Homes

Macie Melendez

Ecotelligent Homes is a home performance company that has been servicing the Metro Detroit area for six years. Amanda Godward founded the company doing third-party independent energy audits and has grown Ecotelligent Homes into a home performance company with an in-house insulation crew. Ecotelligent Homes has a dedicated staff of nine people, and has women in several key roles from owner and sales to insulation installer and office manager. [continue reading]

Seaming with Industrial Tape: Q&A with Risa Edelstein

Seaming with Industrial Tape: Q&A with Risa Edelstein

Macie Melendez

Recently we got the opportunity to speak with Risa Edelstein, an expert on barrier seaming with adhesive tape. Edelstein is one of the executives at ECHOtape, a worldwide provider of pressure sensitive industrial tape. [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

Macie Melendez

Mina Agarabi is the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Agarabi Engineering PLLC, a consulting firm focused on operations and maintenance and energy efficiency. Prior to establishing her firm, she conducted light commercial and residential energy assessments and oversaw the installation of numerous energy-efficiency projects at Association for Energy Affordability and Steven Winter Associates. Agarabi has several years of experience troubleshooting, optimizing, and designing both steam and hydronic heating systems in large multifamily buildings. [continue reading]

Green Real Estate Agents Help

Green Real Estate Agents Help "Power" Veterans Through Solar in Habitat for Humanity Homes

Macie Melendez

Andy Nelson is the CEO and president of San Diego-based Willis Allen Real Estate. Joining the firm in 1977 as the youngest team member, Nelson drew on his leadership experience and training as a former naval officer to implement his innovative ideas and became CEO four years later. Nelson continues to grow the business by researching new high-end companies throughout the world to partner with and advancing technology and tools to service today’s homeowner. ... [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Marge Anderson

The Real Women of Home Performance: Marge Anderson

Macie Melendez

Marge Anderson is the Executive Vice President of Seventhwave, a non-profit that advances environmental and economic sustainability. Her passions include empowering practitioners through education, scaling energy efficiency, and making sustainability real for the under-served. [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Amy Beley

The Real Women of Home Performance: Amy Beley

Macie Melendez

Amy Beley is an independent consultant in the home performance industry. She has a passion for connecting people and ideas. Most of her professional training comes from management consulting, which allows her to be adaptable to the needs of customers and clients.  [continue reading]

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

Macie Melendez

I always find tiny homes to be very charming, and Corbett and Grace Lunsford’s was no exception. [continue reading]

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

Macie Melendez

A home is intimately tied to the health and wellbeing of its residents. It is where people go to take care of themselves and seek comfort. People in the United States spend approximately 70% of their time at home, which means that ensuring homes are a healthy refuge is vitally important. Evidence in a new, groundbreaking DOE report, Home RX: The Health Benefits of Home Performance, shows that home performance upgrades can improve the quality of ... [continue reading]

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