Tips for Protecting Your Tools and Equipment

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Contractors, construction specialists and those in the home performance industry know there’s no success without the right tools. Of course, hand tools, power tools and diagnostic equipment can be expensive — and bringing them into a stranger’s house can feel like you’re inviting loss and other potential problems.…

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In our upcoming Spring issue, we'll be publishing an article about the Midori Haus--a classic California bungalow, built in 1922, that was retrofitted to meet the Passive House standard, and reduced its energy use by 80%. Our article is about educating consumers and builders about the home's features but the author has already wrote in detail about several of the…

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Most HVAC contractors know that an oversized air conditioner wastes substantial amounts of energy and money. Still, plenty of contractors, either through error or self-interest, sell oversized air conditioning systems that burden homeowners.

Because the issue is fairly prevalent, it’s important that contractors be aware of methods for solving it. Not every customer will be willing to have their unit replaced with a…

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A Quick Guide to Climate Change Policy in 2020

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- By Energy Circle Staff

The landscape of energy and sustainability policy and legislation is changing swiftly, both due to the impact of ever-evolving political paradigms and the need to address the issues surrounding climate change. This barrage of policy change can be tricky to keep up with—but we try to stay on top of…

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Veterans in Energy Efficiency - Who do you know?

Did you know that >236,000 U.S. veterans are now employed in energy efficiency? Veterans share insights about their fulfilling energy careers in Pat Stanton's blog here. If you are a veteran -- or know any veterans working in EE -- please write to policy@e4thefuture.org so we can spread the positive message about vets in a growing field.…

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Tired of Blackouts? Get Off The Power Grid!

I live in Northern California where PG&E has recently been shutting off power to large areas and populations because of the fire risk PG&E’s infrastructure poses, particularly when the weather is dry and windy. This has been causing all sorts of trouble for people. What if you are on medical equipment that must not be shut down? What if everything in the fridge/freezer in your restaurant spoils? Does your business need electricity to function?! There are so many…

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By Macie Melendez, Managing Editor, Building Performance Journal

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Last week, Congressman Peter Welch introduced legislation to make energy and natural gas usage data available to consumers: the Access to Consumer Energy Information Act (“E–Access Act”). “Giving consumers control over their energy data will empower them to lower their energy…

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Oily Stuff in ERVs

I visited a house a couple of days ago that was full of HVAC issues.  About 4000 square foot house with multiple systems including two poorly installed ERVs.  Summer house, so it is infrequently used.  When I opened the covers on each ERV an oily…

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