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Where LEDs Make a Really Big Impact

When electricity costs 65 cents a kilowatt hour, the case for energy conservation becomes very powerful

Posted on Nov 11 2015 by Scott Gibson

When you pay 65 cents a kilowatt hour for electricity, something as simple as swapping an old-fashioned incandescent light bulb for an LEDLight-emitting diode. Illumination technology that produces light by running electrical current through a semiconductor diode. LED lamps are much longer lasting and much more energy efficient than incandescent lamps; unlike fluorescent lamps, LED lamps do not contain mercury and can be readily dimmed. lamp can add up to big savings. Year-rounders on two Maine islands are finding out just how much.


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Florida Rolls Back Efficiency Goals

The state's Public Service Commission has voted to end solar rebate programs because they ‘represent a large subsidy’

Posted on Dec 4 2014 by Scott Gibson

Florida's Public Service Commission has voted to trim energy efficiency goals sharply and to end solar equipment rebates by the end of next year.

According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, the panel voted 3 to 2 late last month in support of the proposals from the state's big utilities, which also had the support of the commission's staff.


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Designing a ‘One Knob’ Incentive Program

A proposal for a better way for utilities to subsidize energy-efficiency upgrades

Posted on Oct 2 2014 by Nate Adams

Author's note: This series is aimed at the home performance industry. My company values transparency, so we put it in the public sphere for homeowners to see and understand our thinking.


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How an Efficiency Program Killed My Business

Utility-sponsored rebate programs encourage small jobs — and contractors are discovering that it’s hard to build a successful business on small jobs

Posted on Sep 25 2014 by Nate Adams

Note to Homeowners: This article is primarily aimed at the Home Performance industry. I strive for radical transparency, so I put this in the public sphere for you to read as well.


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Indiana Cancels Energy-Efficiency Effort

Governor Pence says he wants the legislature to consider an alternative to ‘Energizing Indiana’ next year; in neighboring Ohio, a similar move is underway

Posted on Apr 4 2014 by Scott Gibson

Energizing Indiana has saved more than 1 billion kilowatt hours of energy in the last two years, but that apparently wasn't enough for Indiana state lawmakers to keep the energy-efficiency program in business.

Lawmakers voted last week to end the program by the end of the year and Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, allowed the bill to take effect without his signature.


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Will the Energy Star Homes Program Survive Version 3?

Sam Rashkin predicted a 50% builder attrition rate — but the losses appear to be even worse

Posted on Nov 6 2013 by Allison A. Bailes III, PhD

Back in 2009, I attended a webinar given by Sam Rashkin, head of the Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. new homes program at the time. (He has since left the EPA for the DOEUnited States Department of Energy..) He explained the changes coming in the program as they prepared for the transition from what we now call Version 2 to the new Version 3.


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Why Don’t More HVAC Contractors Own Duct Leakage Testers?

With new energy code and green building program requirements on the horizon, we may be reaching a tipping point

Posted on Oct 22 2012 by Allison A. Bailes III, PhD

HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. contractors own a lot of equipment. Of course, they have pressure gauges to test refrigerant charge in air conditioners and heat pumps, and many more pieces of technical equipment. One piece that few contractors own, however, is a duct leakage tester.

With more and more state energy codes requiring duct leakage tests, doesn't it seem obvious that HVAC contractors need to be like plumbers and test their own work before passing it off?


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Efficiency Programs Struggle to Stay Ahead of Energy Codes

With the 2012 IECC starting to be adopted, will builders opt for code-built instead of Energy Star qualified?

Posted on Jun 5 2012 by Allison A. Bailes III, PhD

Smart people in the home-building industry have a saying about codes: A code-built house is the worst house allowed by law. The implication behind that statement is that if all you're doing is meeting the code, you're probably short-changing the people who will live in the house. The folks at the International Code Council (ICC) are doing their best to make sure that that barely-legal house is worth living in.


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