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Heat pumps can heat a home by running the an air conditioner's refrigeration cycle in the opposite direction.
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 28, 2010
Last week in my role as a home energy rating provider, I had to disqualify a home for the ENERGY STAR label. I hated doing it because it was a nice home and, in every way but one, can be called a high performance home.
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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 April 10, 2010
I saw this commercial on TV last night and knew I had to share it here.
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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 8, 2010
Tomorrow I'm going to the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable meeting on the topic of 'Georgia's Solar Future,' which got me to thinking about my friend and fellow HERS rater class instructor Mike Barcik's 5 step program for solar energy. Here it is:
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Wizard Stick, a great device to find air leaks with a Blower Door (photo from Educational Innovations website)
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 7, 2010
A great new tool for home performance diagnostic testing has come onto the market - the Wizard Stick. It's basically a small, handheld theatrical fog machine that uses the same non-toxic fluid as its larger, more prolific brethren.
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home energy auditor certification course certificate
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 5, 2010
If you visit a lot of home energy efficiency related websites, as I do, and look around at the ads on those pages, you may notice quite a few that are selling various home energy auditor certifications. Unless they're offering training that leads to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) or...
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disconnected hard pipe duct
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 2, 2010
It's Friday afternoon and time for some fun, so let's take a look at the four types of duct leakage.
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