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Program Details of the One Knob Proposal

Can we envision a better incentive program for residential energy-efficiency improvements?

Posted on Nov 3 2014 by Nate Adams

Has your experience working with an energy-efficiency program felt like the scene depicted in the photo at right? Did you feel that the correct and smart path departed from the paved path?

Having many colleagues on both the program and contractor sides, it’s pretty clear that utility incentive programs, as they stand today, fail. Let’s do better. Better for homeowners, better for contractors, and better for programs too! The One Knob program design is an attempt to pave a path where people want to walk.

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Hard Truths of Home Performance

Residential energy retrofit work isn’t cost-effective

Posted on Oct 23 2014 by Nate Adams

If you've been reading my blogs, you know that I have learned some hard truths. You read the warts-and-all implosion story of my Century Club company in How an Efficiency Program Killed My Business.

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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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New York State Promotes High-Performance Houses

Builders are eligible for an incentive grant of $8,000 for each net-zero energy house they build

Posted on Jun 10 2014 by Scott Gibson

Builders in New York State are now eligible for incentive grants of as much as $8,000 for building net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. houses, according to an announcement by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

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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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New York Utility Offers Residential Wind Incentives

Posted on Feb 18 2009 by Martin Holladay

Utility Will Pay Up to 60% of the Installed Cost of a Backyard Wind System

UNIONDALE, NY — A New York electric utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is offering generous incentives to homeowners who install backyard wind turbines. LIPA will pay the lesser of either 60% of the total installed cost of a wind turbine or $3.50 per kWh for the first 16,000 kWh of electricity produced ($56,000).

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