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Top 10 Tips for Renters : ENERGY STAR

Top 10 Tips for Renters : ENERGY STAR | Home Performance | Scoop.it

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Lori Sharp's curator insight, April 25, 2013 10:57 AM

Even with today's forecast of somewhere between 76 and 80 degrees (depending on which source you use) the WARM weather is right around the corner. This is a great article with cost saving tips for all over your home whether you own or rent. Check out #7 about using your drapes/window coverings to your benefit...

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Happy Earth Day!!... | Facebook

Happy Earth Day!!... | Facebook | Home Performance | Scoop.it
H3O EcoMagazine wrote: Happy Earth Day!! Make a commitment to... Join Facebook to connect with H3O EcoMagazine and others you may know. (Happy Earth Day!! Make a commitment to a simple act like recycling or energy conservation at home or in the...
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Happy Earth Day!.. Shall be planting 2 trees on this investment property in Fall River Massachusetts.

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Solar energy store opens in Torrington - Torrington Register Citizen

Solar energy store opens in Torrington - Torrington Register Citizen | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Solar energy store opens in Torrington
Torrington Register Citizen
TORRINGTON >> For over 20 years, Osvaldo Rosado has tried and failed to open a business of his own.
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Solar energy store- an interesting idea and potential business opportunities

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Energy efficiency the next big trend in building construction and renewal

Energy efficiency the next big trend in building construction and renewal | Home Performance | Scoop.it
New design methods are revolutionizing industry, even if building will look the same from the outside (Worth another read - #Energy efficiency the next big trend in building construction & renewal http://t.co/9ZI2GDWMgN)...

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Homeowners' emphasis on energy efficiency grows

Homeowners' emphasis on energy efficiency grows | Home Performance | Scoop.it
(ARA) - Even in a volatile economy, homeowners are making home upkeep a priority.
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Top 5 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps

Top 5 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps | Home Performance | Scoop.it
– Miriam Berg in an Alliance to Save Energy repost While you’re busy preparing for the holiday season, use these energy efficiency smartphone apps to save energy, money and time. It’s energy efficiency in the palm of your hand!
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Be in the know on energy efficiency, it is a big slice of our energy future... 

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Home Energy Improvements Pay Off at Tax Time - Fox Business

Home Energy Improvements Pay Off at Tax Time - Fox Business | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Home Energy Improvements Pay Off at Tax Time
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If you made improvements last year to your home to make it more energy-efficient, Uncle Sam wants to help -- but not as much as he previously did.
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Tax Deadline is April 16!

Here is a useful chart:

Eligible Home-Energy Tax Credits in 2012 and 2013

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Kick off Home Improvement Season with Home Performance - By Evergreen Home Performance, LLC

Kick off Home Improvement Season with Home Performance - By Evergreen Home Performance, LLC | Home Performance | Scoop.it
warmer weather brings a sense of relief – no more shoveling! – and its own to-do list. before you get too deep into all those projects, schedule a free one-hour consult with evergreen home ...
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Newton Selected to Participate in Solar Energy Incentive Program | Technology Solutions for Home - Smart Grid - Demand Response

The program, which will be run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), offers residents (#SolarEnergy: Newton Selected to Participate in Solar Energy Incentive Program ...
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How To Curate Your Life: Seven Tips To Live By

How To Curate Your Life: Seven Tips To Live By | Home Performance | Scoop.it

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If you value this content delivery concept, here are some tips from Robin Good.

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Maggie Verster's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:42 PM

Bravo- loves this curation philosophy. 

Ken Morrison's comment, April 14, 2013 6:30 PM
"G" for "Gulp" That is an important one for me to remember. I sometimes become more of a 'link sharer' than a true curator. Thanks for the solid advice.
Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, April 25, 2013 12:54 PM

Excellent advice!

 

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Solar energy projects boom in Bay State

Solar energy projects boom in Bay State | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Massachusetts ranked sixth of all states in solar installations in 2012, with nearly half a billion dollars spent in the solar energy sector.
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US Army blows away the renewable energy competition : Renew Economy

US Army blows away the renewable energy competition : Renew Economy | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Fort Bliss in Texas has just announced that it will get the single largest military renewable energy project ever undertaken by the US.
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Garanteed, the United States military knows what most of us don't.

 

Taxpayers R&D funds work well here...


Renewable energy works best when built on energy efficiency.


Join the movement: Improving home (building) performance.

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Improve Your Leadership Presence

Improve Your Leadership Presence | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of Own the Room, breaks executive presence into three essential parts....

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3 actionable tips for the leader in you.

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Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of Own the Room, breaks executive presence into three essential parts....

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Energy Efficiency in the built environment: A must, not an option. - Energy Efficiency Company | Energy Efficiency Company

Energy Efficiency in the built environment: A must, not an option. - Energy Efficiency Company | Energy Efficiency Company | Home Performance | Scoop.it

Energy Efficiency in the built environment: A must, not an option http://t.co/Md9G0oatJQ #energyeffciency #environement #eecuk

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If you want to sell your home in the coming years it will arguably become increasingly more difficult if it has a low EPC certificate rating, as this will mean the next occupiers will need to make improvements to the property, in order to keep on top of rapidly soaring energy prices.

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5 Examples of Effective Home Performance Videos on YouTube. | Energy Circle PRO

5 Examples of Effective Home Performance Videos on YouTube. | Energy Circle PRO | Home Performance | Scoop.it
5 examples of well-done home performance videos -- take them as an example to make videos of your own, or just use these ones on your home performance blog.
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Some funny informative home performance stories by Energy Circle Pro

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Timeline Photos | Facebook

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Caledonia Construction is a home performance company assisting Boston residents with a whole house approach to improving Comfort, Safety & Durability in their home...www.retrofitboston.com

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Seek out the companies that are committed to home performance for your home improvement needs...

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Walmart Announces New Commitments To Dramatically Increase Energy Efficiency And Renewables

Walmart Announces New Commitments To Dramatically Increase Energy Efficiency And Renewables | Home Performance | Scoop.it
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke today announced the company's... (Walmart Announces New Commitments To Dramatically Increase Energy Efficiency And Renewables: BENTONVILLE, Ark....
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My goal here is to help propogate the stories of energy efficiency (home performance) and renewables when ever possible.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.helps people around the world save money and live better...


Here is a committment from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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The Future of Home Performance is Wrapped in Cheese—

The Future of Home Performance is Wrapped in Cheese— | Home Performance | Scoop.it

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The Future of Home Performance is Wrapped in Cheese—Q&A with Dave Robinson

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President's Budget Strengthens Commitment to Energy Efficiency | Alliance to Save Energy

President's Budget Strengthens Commitment to Energy Efficiency | Alliance to Save Energy | Home Performance | Scoop.it
RT @toSaveEnergy: "Greater #efficiency will boost our long-term fiscal health and economic competitiveness" - DesChamps on Obama budget http://t.co/JCF7k4EcXV
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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Without Breaking the ...

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Without Breaking the ... | Home Performance | Scoop.it
There are many easy, low cost and very effective ways that we can make our current homes more environmentally friendly without breaking the bank. In th.
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The Key To Energy Efficiency In The Home | GreenWerks

The Key To Energy Efficiency In The Home | GreenWerks | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Households across the U.S. are looking into ways to reduce domestic energy usage as a way of lowering utility bills while helping out the planet.
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Excellent Tips!


George Burke

has written about energy efficiency and LEED certification 

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Energy Exec: Customers 'Realizing They Don't Need Utilities' | Utilities | ReWire | KCET

Energy Exec: Customers 'Realizing They Don't Need Utilities' | Utilities | ReWire | KCET | Home Performance | Scoop.it
The CEO of the largest power-plant company in the U.S. calls rooftop solar power a "mortal threat" to utilities, and says that's not a bad thing.
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by Chris Clarke

A natural history writer and environmental journalist

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The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid

The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid | Home Performance | Scoop.it

U.S. natural gas prices are rising, while wind and solar are growing rapidly. The global transition to mostly renewable grid power may now be unstoppable...


'The energy transition juggernaut I previewed last May is rolling on unabated, despite U.S. natural gas prices falling to 10-year lows last year. According to a new Gallup poll, two-thirds of Americans would like to see more emphasis on solar, wind and natural gas, while less than half of them support more emphasis on nuclear, oil and coal.

In addition to popular sentiment, installations of renewable generation are proceeding apace.According to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [PDF], the United States installed more power generation capacity from wind than for any other power source in 2012: 10,700 megawatts (MW), 23 percent more than natural gas (8,700 MW) and more than double the new coal capacity (4,500 MW). New solar capacity grew by 1,500 MW, a 31 percent increase over 2011.

It seems that the widespread belief that cheap natural gas would kill the growth of renewables — which I always viewed skeptically and never found convincing data to support — didn’t have much substance after all...'


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Lance LeTellier's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:20 AM

I think we just export more as prices go up.

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Backing energy efficiency would help stave off a triple-dip recession

Backing energy efficiency would help stave off a triple-dip recession | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Will Straw: There is plenty of research saying green investment would benefit jobs, growth and energy bills, but Osborne won't listen (Backing energy efficiency would help stave off a triple-dip recession by Will Straw
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