Behavior Change Requires a Human Touch

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Behavior Change Requires a Human Touch

People across the nation are seeking new ways to save energy, reduce bills, and increase comfort in their homes. Utilities, consumer organizations, and home energy service providers are poised to answer that call, using next-generation ...

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Weatherization Tutoring for the Homeowner

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May 01, 2008

The key to a happy client is not just work that's done well, but work that involves the client's participation in the project. [continue reading]

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Real-Time Pricing: Will a Glowing Orb Lead the Way?

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March 05, 2008

The nation's first large-scale real-time pricing program began in 2003 in the metropolitan Chicago area. It's credited with a 3% decrease in customer energy use in the summer. [continue reading]

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Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Middle-Class Homes

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January 01, 2008

In 1998 the Canadian federal government signed on to the Kyoto Protocol with a stated goal of reducing national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. This is a difficult level to achieve, and every ... [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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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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Affordable New Jersey

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March 09, 2007

Comfort Partners has helped more than 27,000 New Jersey households better manage their utility costs by saving energy. [continue reading]

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Feedback on Feedback

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January 01, 2007

Do you know how much energy you consume in your home on a daily basis?  Do you know what your appliances use relative to each other, so that you can choose to use the ... [continue reading]

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Common Energy Myths

Author: Evan Mills
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June 19, 2006

Following is a list of common myths about energy and energy savings. Sometimes the basic premise of the myth may be correct, but the energy savings are much smaller than people realize. In other cases, the myth may be based on factors that were once true but that have been subsequently resolved through better design or manufacturing of products. In all cases, the bottom line is that you should always think critically when you hear a “tip” on how to save energy - and dig a little deeper to separate the myths from the facts. [continue reading]

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Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a ...

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

Shawna Henderson

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

It's hard to wrap your head around the amount of number crunching that goes into energy analysis, and how to ...

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