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The FHA Problem with PACE

The Federal Housing Administration says it will stop issuing new mortgages with property assessed clean energy loans

Posted on Jan 31 2018 by Anonymous


Last month, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it will stop insuring new mortgages on homes with property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans. As to what motivated its decision —

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A Pretty Good Retrofit in Montana

Or, a love story

Posted on May 17 2016 by Jim Baerg

This is a story of a wonderful, tempestuous relationship. For me, it began nine years ago as an unplanned series of events: a chance encounter between a wandering idealist and small town girl. The happenstance meeting quickly progressed to an impulsive, long-term proposal. Soon thereafter, the commitment was formalized by the exchange of legal documents through the mail.

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Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014

The U.S. Congress reinstates lapsed energy-efficiency tax credits so that taxpayers can claim them on their 2014 IRS returns

Posted on Dec 31 2014 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. Congress has voted to extend a variety of tax credits for energy upgrades, giving homeowners a bit of good news as tax time approaches.

Credits apply to improvements such as new windows and insulation, water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, and air-sealing materials, according to The Tax Incentives Assistance Project, or TIAP.

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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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Energy Upgrades for Beginners

Advice for homeowners: to improve the energy performance of an older house, start with a thorough inspection

Posted on May 17 2013 by Martin Holladay

Owners of older homes often contact and ask, “What can I do to make my home more energy-efficient?” My standard answer goes something like this: “The first step is to hire a certified rater to perform an energy auditEnergy audit that also includes inspections and tests to assess moisture flow, combustion safety, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and durability. of your home. The audit report will include a tailor-made list of retrofit measures to address your home’s specific problems.”

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