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Top 10 Tips for Residential HVAC Sales People in 2018

Top 10 Tips for Residential HVAC Sales People in 2018

Steve Gadsby

Selling to consumers in the residential HVAC market has changed over the last 10 years. The days of formality in a sale are fading away and consumers now are going with companies that can show the most transparency and connect better during a sale.   [continue reading]

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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—The Invisible Energy Mortgages in New Homes

Jim Gunshinan for Leo Ranier, LBNL

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them.  He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and a host of other devices that health and safety codes require in new homes.  Ventilation fans and radon fans—which are required to run continuously--are especially high ... [continue reading]

Two National Brands Join Forces Demonstrating Unity in Home Energy-Efficiency Rating Systems

Two National Brands Join Forces Demonstrating Unity in Home Energy-Efficiency Rating Systems

Lindsay Bachman

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Pearl Certification are now collaborating to ensure that the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index and Pearl Certification Reports complement each other in the new and existing homes markets. [continue reading]

Summer Season Highlights on Home Performance in the States

Summer Season Highlights on Home Performance in the States

Joe Cullen, HPC Director of Policy and Outreach

Although the Summer Season is quickly coming to an end, HPC has seen an unusual amount of positive activity in the states on residential energy efficiency policy – with more deadlines and activities coming through the end of August. HPC and its allies have been particularly active in the following states: [continue reading]

The Leading Edge in the Nation's Capitol

The Leading Edge in the Nation's Capitol

Lindsay Bachman

Nick knows homes. Several years ago, he started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He also helped modify a home that was part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a competition for students to design and build high performance buildings powered by renewable energy. On top of that, he’s built six passive houses. So when Nick decided to create an addition to his own home in Washington DC, he ... [continue reading]

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

Laurie Guevara-Stone

Two-thirds of US homeowners consider home energy performance a top priority, but few actually take action to improve home energy use. And those who have implemented efficiency improvements seldom invest in whole-home energy upgrades. In sum, a large gap exists between intentions and actual investments, signifying a market failure to address customer needs. Rocky Mountain Institute set out to understand why the market is failing to convert more homeowner interest in energy efficiency into action ... [continue reading]

Two Friends of Summer Study

Two Friends of Summer Study

Jim Gunshinan

The following profile first appeared in the Grapevine, a daily newsletter produced by Home Energy Magazine staff at the biannual ACEEE Summer Study in Buildings, heald at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. [continue reading]

DOE Housing Innovation Awards Announced

DOE Housing Innovation Awards Announced

Jim Gunshinan

Since 2013, The DOE Housing Innovation Awards have honored the very best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes by recognizing forward-thinking builders who are delivering American homebuyers with a better homeowner experience. Explore these award-winning homes on the Tour of Zero. [continue reading]

 She Cut Her Energy Bills by 69% & Got to Pearl Gold

She Cut Her Energy Bills by 69% & Got to Pearl Gold

Lindsay Bachman

When discussing cutting energy consumption, but still staying cool in the hot summer months in Arizona, Jan tells her clients to first get an energy audit. "That's going to be a whole system approach to looking at every facet of your home.” The energy audit will check "insulation, windows, the efficiency of appliances, things like that, especially your HVAC system," explained Jan in the Taking Action part of ABC15 morning news. Jan explained that ... [continue reading]

Buzz from Presentations at ACEEE Summer Study

Buzz from Presentations at ACEEE Summer Study

Jim Gunshinan for Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center

Reducing energy use for heating hot water remains a major challenge around the world. This paper describes a novel solar photovoltaic assisted heat pump water heater (PV-HPWH) which achieved an 83% reduction (COP 5.4) in water heating energy compared with electric resistance. This technology demonstrates very large potential energy savings around the U.S. [continue reading]

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