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Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

David Ribeiro, Senior Research Manager for ACEEE

Next Thursday, ACEEE will release the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, our most robust report ever to track city progress toward climate goals. While this is our fourth city scorecard, it is the first to assess cities’ efforts to advance renewable energy in addition to energy efficiency. It also scores more cities — 75 this year, compared to 51 in our last report in 2017 — and it takes a closer look at equity and policy performance. [continue reading]

Homemade Wind Turbine in 5 Easy Steps

Homemade Wind Turbine in 5 Easy Steps

Conor Downes

So, you want to build a backyard wind turbine and save hundreds every year? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, you will learn how to construct a backyard wind turbine from scratch. Similarly sized commercial wind turbines will set you back a couple of hundred dollars, but with a little effort, you can save yourself so money and because you’ve constructed it yourself you’ll understand ... [continue reading]

10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry

10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry

Megan R. Nichols

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve as new technology emerges. Companies and workers will need to adapt or risk being left behind as the entire industry shifts into something new and different. Let's take a closer look at some of the biggest construction trends that are currently impacting the industry, and those that will continue to do so in the coming years. [continue reading]

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Manufactured Housing Equals Green Housing

Olga Zheliabina

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Tennessee’s WAP Teams Up with TVA to Reduce Operational Friction, Serve More

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Frank Rapley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where I work as a senior manager, is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management ... [continue reading]

Home Energy Minute #01: Alaska's Griffin Hagle

Home Energy Minute #01: Alaska's Griffin Hagle

Home Energy Magazine

Welcome to the first in a series of quarterly interviews conducted by Corbett Lunsford of Home Diagnosis TV, that will focus on the topic of home performance! Hear from a home performance pro dealing with issues in one of the coldest climates in North America - Alaska! Check it out! [continue reading]

Avoid These Pitfalls When Installing HVAC Sensors

Avoid These Pitfalls When Installing HVAC Sensors

Megan Nichols

Modern HVAC systems are getting smarter, which means they need sensors to tell them when to keep the house cool and when to let the temperature climb a little bit to save power when no one is home. These sensors serve a specific purpose, but they can be tricky to install. Here is a list of some of the most common HVAC sensors and some pitfalls you should always try to avoid when installing them. [continue reading]

Is Geothermal a Realistic Way to Achieve True Energy Independence?

Is Geothermal a Realistic Way to Achieve True Energy Independence?

Sallie McBrien

Energy independence is a goal for many households and communities for a variety of reasons from simply wanting to save money each month, to the broader goal of saving the planet for future generations. To accomplish this lofty goal, there must be a way to generate energy independently of any centralized source (e.g. solar, wind, etc). For example, a successful home solar system can meet most of a home's energy needs if the system ... [continue reading]

Getting the Lead Out: Earth Day, 2019

Getting the Lead Out: Earth Day, 2019

Leslie Jackson

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A Recap of the Largest National Conference in our History - HPC19 is in the Books!

A Recap of the Largest National Conference in our History - HPC19 is in the Books!

Home Performance Coalition

We wrapped up the 2019 National Conference & Trade Show on April 4, 2019, after four full days of workshops, sessions, events, and networking! As many of you have heard, we broke the record for the number of attendees at this year’s event – 1,942 industry professionals from all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and three Canadian provinces. All joined under one roof to learn, grow, be inspired and meet new people. After 33 years of producing ... [continue reading]

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