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Student in a HERS rater training class during an interminable  Powerpoint presentation.
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 15, 2010
What images come to mind for you when I say 'home energy rater class'? The word class (or classroom), as used here, usually evokes images of desks in neat rows, with students attentively looking at the teacher standing in the front of the room. It's also the kind of education most of us grew up...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 23, 2010
I've just finished going over the newly released ENERGY STAR 2011 guidelines for new homes and, as you might expect, I'm happy about some of the new requirements and disappointed/perplexed about others. Overall, though, the program is moving in the right direction, which it must because building...
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What's this HERS rating thing I keep hearing about?
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 20, 2010
Whether you're a homeowner looking to get a home energy audit or you're interested in getting trained to become a home energy auditor, you should know that there are only two organizations that offer what you're looking for. One is RESNET, which stands for Residential Energy Services Network. The...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on March 31, 2010
1. If you want to save energy, the first thing you should do is weatherstrip your doors and caulk your windows. Not true. Your house has much bigger holes than those.
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home energy efficiency monthly energy use graph
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 26, 2010
I've analyzed and improved the energy efficiency of numerous homes. The starting point is, of course, the analysis because you want to put your efforts—and your dollars—where they're going to generate the best results.
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