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Living Off The Sun, Or, No Electricity Bill

One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks…Continue

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Started May 23, 2013

Behavior and Usability: At the Interface of Human-Building Interaction

Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the…Continue

Started May 13, 2013

Everyday Energy Savers

As the staff of Home Energy magazine, we're constantly reading, editing, and writing about ways that home performance professionals help people save money and energy in their homes. Because we're so…Continue

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Started Apr 22, 2013

Unseen Energy Wasters [Infographic]
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Did you know that even when your appliances are turned off they are still costing you money? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of appliance energy use occurs when your appliances are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph S. Lopes Jan 19, 2016.

 

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DOE Challenge Home Spotlight in Illinois—Q&A with Brandon Weiss

While attending the 2013 Solar Decathlon in southern California, we also had the pleasure of attending DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards ceremony. Impressed by the various builders committed to…

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 8:30am

Understanding Energy-Efficient Window Ratings

High-performance windows come in a variety of designs and offer multiple benefits to consumers. The term “energy-efficient” has become an integral part of the homebuilding industry but it’s a term that can be confusing to those who don’t do enough research on either new or replacement windows.

What are the benefits of energy-efficient windows?

High-performance windows substantially reduce…

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Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:30am

Real Estate Investor Sells "Green-and-Flips" for More

Real estate investor Kassi Pelley had bought and sold a number of “fix-and-flip” homes in metro Denver when she fell down the rabbit hole of green building and certifications.  She’s gotten a price bump – the “green premium” – on every home she’s upgraded…

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:30am

How Solar Energy Systems Can Work with Home Performance

Before you even think about adding solar, you need to understand that there’s more to energy efficiency than using renewable energy resources. It's important to know that your home is at its most efficient when it has a tight building envelope.

  • What is a tight building envelope? When a home has a tight envelope, it…
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Posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:30am

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