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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

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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]

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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

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Bigger Steps

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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]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Lauren Salz

The Real Women of Home Performance: Lauren Salz

Julie Caracino

Lauren Salz is the co-founder and COO of Sealed, a company with a simple purpose:to make home comfort improvements a no-brainer.Lauren manages the Sealed's software and patent-pending analytics, as well as the recently announced Sealed HomeAdvance fund. [continue reading]

GreenPoint Rated 7.0 Pushes the Edge of Green Home Design

GreenPoint Rated 7.0 Pushes the Edge of Green Home Design

Don Knapp

GreenPoint Rated Version 7.0 was released last week, setting a new standard in California for green and healthy homes. The updated version of California’s most trusted green home certification system awards points for newly built homes that incorporate the leading green building practices and save energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions far beyond homes constructed to the minimum building code standards. [continue reading]

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