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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 theTour 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]

HPC Files Comments on New Efficiency: New York

HPC Files Comments on New Efficiency: New York

Joe Cullen, Director of Policy and Outreach

On July 16, 2018, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) provided comments on New Efficiency: New York, an ambitious energy efficiency initiative announced recently by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the NY Dept. of Public Service (DPS). [continue reading]

Register by August 31 for Discount to EEBA High Performance Home Summit

Register by August 31 for Discount to EEBA High Performance Home Summit

John O'Reilly

What does the future of U.S. homebuilding look like? According to The Energy andEnvironmental Building Alliance (EEBA), builders who dominate their markets overthe next decade will be those whocan offercustomers high-performance homesthat are both well-designed and affordable. EEBA’s High Performance Home Summit, to be held October 16-18 in San Diego, will be a clearinghouse of knowledge that builders need to succeed. This year’s Summit theme, &... [continue reading]

HomeSmart International Joins the Pearl Broker Advantage Program in Arizona

HomeSmart International Joins the Pearl Broker Advantage Program in Arizona

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Vienna, Virginia and Scottsdale, Arizona – July 19, 2018 – Pearl Certification and HomeSmart International are proud to announce that HomeSmart Arizona has been accepted into Pearl’s prestigious Broker Advantage Program. HomeSmart is the first broker in Arizona to receive this distinction. [continue reading]

Our First Year with Solar Panels

Our First Year with Solar Panels

Chris Stratton

DISCLAIMER: This blog post was updated on November 4, 2018 with corrected energy data. I recently discovered I had been reading my electricity bill incorrectly* and had to revise my calculations — the following reflects updated numbers and charts. [continue reading]

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