HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

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HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

As the clean-energy economy heats up, communities across the country are actively pursuing programs that promote energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One of the breakout successes in this field is ...

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Zero Peak Homes: Real Homes, Real Savings

Author: Ryan Kerr
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January 01, 2008

A net-zero energy home (ZEH) has become a familiar construct to most Home Energy readers. But what we at the Building Industry Research Alliance (BIRA) have learned as we have worked to make this concept ... [continue reading]

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Utilities Support Efficient Homes

Author: David Blanke
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November 05, 2007

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a regulated public utility that has been supplying natural gas and electric service to the San Diego region since 1881. SDG&E currently serves 3.4 million consumers ... [continue reading]

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Greening Residential Maintenance

Author: Jim LaRue
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November 05, 2007

This is the final installment of my series on green residential building. In this column, I want to emphasize the importance of residential behavior on green buildings. There are a number of actions and behaviors ... [continue reading]

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An Experiment in Green Living

Author: Elka Karl
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November 01, 2007

Prairie Crossing, a community outside of Chicago, offers families energy-efficient, green living. [continue reading]

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Greening Water Usage

Author: Jim LaRue
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September 04, 2007

Some pundits have suggested that the next international conflicts will not be over oil, but over water. Not long ago, an uproar was stirred in our area in the upper Midwest when it was discovered ... [continue reading]

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When Time-Of-Use Costs Too Much

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September 04, 2007

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) has run into some unexpected hurdles for certain residential customers planning to install PV modules on their homes.  Under the terms for those requesting rebates, households are required to ... [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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