6 November 2018

Home EE - General overview & priority areas

Whenever I tell people that I work in home performance & energy efficiency their mind somehow always jumps to solar. Home solar is great, and if that's what you're looking for, you have my support, but I am definitely not the guy to help you.

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30 October 2018

Why you need to include a Blower Door Test in your home energy audit

Have you noticed that one or two rooms in your home are ALWAYS hot in the summer? Can you feel a cold draft in the winter? Heck, is your home older than 10 years old?

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26 October 2018

FAQs about HERS Ratings

What is a HERS rating?

A HERS rating is a score given to homes based on a detailed energy model and then multiple quality assurance checks done during the building process. HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System, and is overseen by RESNET.

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22 October 2018

Energy audits help realtors provide added value to clients

Buying a home is generally the largest and most important transaction that an individual will make in his or her lifetime (not to mention one of the most stressful). As a realtor, your job is to turn this into a positive experience -- one in which the homebuyer feels confident about making a sound investment.

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15 October 2018

Wait, did you leave your front door open?

If you’re like most homeowners, every time you turn on your AC or heat, you’re throwing money away. Why? Because your home has leaks – leaks that let the conditioned air you’re paying for seep out, hour after hour.

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9 October 2018

Seeking Energy Efficiency? Here’s why ZERH is an acronym you need to know.

In the market to build or buy a brand new home? If energy efficiency is a goal, consider working with your builder or realtor to choose a Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH).

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2 October 2018

HERS provides major benefits for homeowners as well as buyers and sellers

What is a HERS rating and why should you care about it?

Simply stated, a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) assessment is a comprehensive measurement of the home’s energy performance. If you’re building a new home, the HERS standards provide excellent guidelines for making energy-efficiency upgrades.

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27 September 2018

The carcinogen you didn't choose

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. That’s according to the National Academy of Science and the EPA, both pretty credible sources if you ask me.[1]

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20 September 2018

The top things you have to do to stop mold from taking over your home

Mold is gross. I hate it when it’s on my food. I hate it even more when I find it in people’s homes.

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13 September 2018

Poisoned by the...couch?

Volatile Organic Compounds, more commonly known as VOCs, are leaking out of your couch, your mattress, your rug, and your walls, and they may be killing you. What? Wait, what?

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