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Home Energy Yardstick

Home Energy Yardstick

What's Your Score? Compare your household's energy use to others across the country and get recommendations for improvement using the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick.

The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Renewables.

The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Renewables.

The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Renewables. There's understandably a lot of excitement about photovoltaics, solar water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and other sources of renewable energy for the home. We all want to be self-sufficient. It's part of our … Continue reading

The Importance of Air Sealing.

The Importance of Air Sealing.

The Importance of Air Sealing. Homes burn through a mortifying 21% of the energy used in the United States. A lot of that energy is spent heating and cooling your house. And even worse, a whole lot of that energy … Continue reading

What is Home Performance?

What is Home Performance?

Home Performance is a philosophy and a science based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and efficient. After all, homes — probably the biggest investment most of us will ever make — are one of … Continue reading

What is Infrared Diagnostic Testing?

What is Infrared Diagnostic Testing?

What is Infrared Diagnostic Testing? One of the key components of an effective home energy audit is infrared thermography. Infrared thermography (or infrared imaging, infrared diagnostics, a rose by any other name…) consists of a thorough visual inspection of a … Continue reading

Can a Home Be Too Tight?

Can a Home Be Too Tight?

Can a Home Be Too Tight? Sometime during your crusade to seal those energy robbing cracks and holes in your home, you're bound to start asking yourself, "Isn't air flow important for a healthy home? Can I take this whole … Continue reading