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Tips For Making Your HVAC Business Stand Out From the Rest

Andrea Ladera

One look at the phone book or online listings of HVAC contractors these days and you will see that there are dozens, even hundreds of service companies vying for a share of the HVAC pie in one area. Considering the competition, it could get tough trying to stand out from the crowd.However, there are little tweaks that HVAC contractors can make to the way they do business to provide better service. This way, they ... [continue reading]

The Many Fates of the Former Solar Decathlon Houses

The Many Fates of the Former Solar Decathlon Houses

Linda Silverman

Compelling. That’s what the stories behind the Solar Decathlon represent to me. Normally, I am focused on the current competition – working with the university teams and our partners to host the Energy Department’s largest public event showcasing student-built solar houses. But lately, I’ve had the chance to learn more about where the 2013 and 2015 competition houses ended up as part of a major website update. That’s why ... [continue reading]

The Legends of Home Performance: Sam Rashkin

The Legends of Home Performance: Sam Rashkin

Macie Melendez

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Tom Herron

Homeowners want a comfortable indoor environment whether they live in Buffalo, New York or Santa Fe, New Mexico, but constantly adjusting the thermostat to achieve comfort quickly gets old. With today’s consumers growing increasingly health conscious, many want to let more natural light in their homes for its numerous health benefits and to make their interior look and feel more inviting. One of the ways they can reach all these goals is by ... [continue reading]

HPC Working For You Series: Federal Policy

HPC Working For You Series: Federal Policy

Kara Saul-Rinaldi

The Home Performance Coalition (HPC) undertakes policy research and policy advocacy to advance whole-house energy efficiency retrofits. This work is done to expand the energy efficiency home retrofit market by ensuring that the proper policies, regulations and legislation are enacted to create more jobs in the retrofit industry while reducing costs for the homeowners and making their homes more comfortable and healthy.As you will read below, these efforts take the form of stakeholder engagement ... [continue reading]

Get Smart: Leveraging Electric and Gas Smart-Meter Experience

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Mike Wayman

Water utilities have been slower to adopt smart meters and related infrastructure than their electric and gas counterparts. A smart water meter typically consists of a small device called a meter interface unit (MIU) attached to a traditional water meter to record and send detailed water flow measurements to the utility. [continue reading]

Micro-housing for Veterans

Micro-housing for Veterans

Rob Solomon, on behalf of GoFundMe

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A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

Amber Schilberg, on behalf of Energize Connecticut

At the Better Buildings By Design conference, Ann Edminster spoke about the growing interest in net-zero-energy buildings saying, “This [net-zero-energy construction] is a market opportunity. This field is going to explode.” [continue reading]

Angry Air!

Angry Air!

Paul Raymer

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor. It always seeks the path of least resistance.” He didn’t say that Angry air is Noisy air. Air doesn’t like being forced through corrugated, flexible ducting, pushed around corners, and made to force open dampers. It resists being made to perform in a way that it doesn’t want to. It takes more and ... [continue reading]

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

Gary Ashton

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association based in Washington. It boasts more than 140,000 members across diverse industries such as construction, remodeling, property management, finance, home building, design, building product manufacturing and more. According to information provided by the NAHB, home buyers are increasingly focused on energy efficiency. In fact, it is one of the most desirable features of a home, and builders are starting to respond by implementing solutions that ... [continue reading]

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