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Tips for Tips

Tips for Tips

Jason Kaufman

Behavioral recommendations, or tips, are an integral piece of many energy efficiency programs, ranging from marketing materials (e.g., brochures) to in-home audits, to Home and Business Energy Reports (such as the report shown below). Though information is known to be a critical component of effective interventions, it is important to consider human motivations and needs for this to be effective. This article synthesizes findings from a series of empirical research conducted by See Change ... [continue reading]

NeighborWorks America Selects New Green-Designated Organizations

NeighborWorks America Selects New Green-Designated Organizations

Lindsay Moore

Fifteen nonprofit community development organizations were recognized this week for their excellence in sustainable business and housing practices that are designed to save people money by NeighborWorks America. To date, 95 network members have earned the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation.This is the fifth year of the NeighborWorks Green Organization program, which recognizes community development nonprofits in its network of more than 240 organizations that demonstrate a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations – both in their lines ... [continue reading]

Moving Forward with Home Performance—A Letter to Our Readers

Moving Forward with Home Performance—A Letter to Our Readers

Tom White

There is still much uncertainty about how the new Trump administration will effect your business and the energy efficiency of U.S homes. But over the last eight years many states, local governments, and utilities have begun major initiatives that will continue to support professionals like you who are working to create high-performance homes. [continue reading]

HPC Released its Policymaker's Guide to Incorporating Existing Homes into Carbon Policy Solutions

HPC Released its Policymaker's Guide to Incorporating Existing Homes into Carbon Policy Solutions

Lindsay Bachman Flickinger

As public utility commissions gathered at the 2016 NARUC Annual Meeting in November to discuss policies and programs that regulate how energy is used and moved in America, HPC released its report, A Policymaker’s Guide to Incorporating Existing Homes into Carbon Reduction Strategies and Clean Power Plan Compliance. This report was written to policymakers, outlining ways in which existing homes are a key aspect to carbon reductions strategies, with details on how they complement ... [continue reading]

Energy Department Announces $5.5 Million to Accelerate Energy Performance Improvements in Residential Buildings

Energy Department Announces $5.5 Million to Accelerate Energy Performance Improvements in Residential Buildings

Stacy Hunt

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of $5.5 million for DE-FOA-0001630, “Building America 2017 Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation.” [continue reading]

Election Results and Analysis

Election Results and Analysis

Kara Saul-Rinaldi and Joe Cullen

In what was by all accounts a stunning upset, Donald Trump passed 279 electoral votes early Wednesday morning and secured an electoral college victory. Hillary Clinton conceded by a phone call to Trump sometime in the middle of the night. She delivered her concession speech just before noon on Wednesday. [continue reading]

Preparing for the New Refrigerant

Preparing for the New Refrigerant

Jim Gunshinan

PLACERVILLE, Calif. October 19, 2016 –Homeowners and businesses using air conditioning units manufactured before 2010 will face increasingly higher costs to maintain their cooling systems due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ban on the use of the refrigerant known as R-22. Gilmore Heating, Air, Solaris issuing an alert to inform Sacramento-area residents of the potential impacts this ban will have on their current systems and to offer ways to save before the final ban ... [continue reading]

California's Home Performance Data Drought

California's Home Performance Data Drought

Debra Little

Every energy upgraded home has data. But it’s the story behind the data that gives it meaning. [continue reading]

Bigger Steps

Bigger Steps

Rick Barnett

America’s first environmental legislation, the National Environmental Policy Act, was the result of escalating public demand for less pollution and lower impact. Enacted on January 1, 1970, the “environmental magna carta” was soon followed by other laws that outlined the federal strategy for merging a range of environmental standards into the routine of every person, business, and public agency. Through legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the National ... [continue reading]

The Impact of Millennials on the Home Energy Market

The Impact of Millennials on the Home Energy Market

Jonathan Deesing

Millennials—the biggest generation in US history—are entering the home energy market in droves. They’ll be reaching their peak of economic influence in just a few more years. But what are power companies and utility providers doing to appeal to this growing customer demographic? Possibly not enough. [continue reading]

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