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Tips on Home Insulation for Older Houses

Tips on Home Insulation for Older Houses | Home Performance | Scoop.it
When improving your home insulation, areas to look at include attics, basements, exterior walls, window and doors, and ducts and vents. (RT @ResnetSmartHome: Older homes tend to suffer more from bad insulation.
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Audits, Heating, Cooling & Insulating your Home

Audits, Heating, Cooling & Insulating your Home | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Efficiency Vermont offers up to $2,500 in incentives per household to help Vermonters pay for energy efficiency home improvements completed by a certified Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor.
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Know your appliances' operating costs | Inman News

Know your appliances' operating costs | Inman News | Home Performance | Scoop.it
'Kill A Watt' measures power usage, translates into dollars and cents. Needless to say, there's nothing better than finding a way to save a little bit of money on your electric bill.
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"Kill A Watt" and save...

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How Smartphones Could Revolutionize the Way We Heat and Cool Our Homes

How Smartphones Could Revolutionize the Way We Heat and Cool Our Homes | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Customers could run their appliances and manage their utilities from their mobile devices, cutting down on power use.
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Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Go Hand in Hand

Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Go Hand in Hand | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Go Hand in Hand http://t.co/AA6iZcyfF0
#Allergens #CoolAir
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In a nutshell, this is "home performance improvement."

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10 Houseplants For A Restful Home

10 Houseplants For A Restful Home | Home Performance | Scoop.it
House plants are the ultimate in functional decorating. Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air -- and they're also helpful in creating a more relaxing, restful ambiance in any room.
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Don't over look this area of "home performance."

 

Bring nature's cleansing (purifing) qualities into your home...And beauty too.

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Here's an interesting way to organize your home. Add some plants for healthier air to breathe and enjoy the benefits of feeling less stressed.

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Energy Efficiency Finds Its Cell Phone

Energy Efficiency Finds Its Cell Phone | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency insiders have envied the telecommunications industry for years. After all, it produced the iPhone, Android and other products that American consumers can’t seem to live without.
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10 Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

10 Energy-Efficient Home Improvements | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Get an energy efficiency audit: 10 Energy-Efficient Home Improvements - US News http://t.co/yYG6vdZ7lj via @usnews
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This is an excellent article with clear, concise, actionable tips.

 

Optimum home performance can be achieved if executed in the sequence suggested. 

 

In addition, if you are thinking of renewable energy options such as solar, these improvements MUST first be done. 

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How to Claim Your 2012 Energy Tax Credits

How to Claim Your 2012 Energy Tax Credits | Home Performance | Scoop.it
It's time to take advantage of 2012 energy tax credits. Get the tips and info you need at HouseLogic. (Have you claimed your 2012 Energy Tax Credits...less than 2 weeks to complete your filing!
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Energy Challenge Sets Ambitious Goal to Weatherize Vermont Homes - Valley News

Energy Challenge Sets Ambitious Goal to Weatherize Vermont Homes - Valley News | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Energy Challenge Sets Ambitious Goal to Weatherize Vermont Homes Valley News Sharon — At Town Meeting, where the Sharon Energy Committee gave a presentation about the importance of weatherizing homes, committee chairwoman Dee Gish recalled speaking...
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Buy An Electric Vehicle, Get Cheap Solar Power (Honda & SolarCity Team Up)

Buy An Electric Vehicle, Get Cheap Solar Power (Honda & SolarCity Team Up) | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Now that the dust has settled on the Tesla vs. New York Times battlefield, weren't we just saying that electric vehicles are selling quite well?
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These two companies are on to something, a clean energy home powering a clean energy car...I will seek out further development on this...Stay tuned.

 

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Renewable energy: Lured by savings and cash, many American schools are going solar -- 03/28/2013 -- www.eenews.net

Renewable energy: Lured by savings and cash, many American schools are going solar -- 03/28/2013 -- www.eenews.net | Home Performance | Scoop.it
When the Dublin City School District in central Georgia broke ground on a new solar project earlier this month, school officials celebrated more than just sustainability.
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April home-maintenance checklist - MSN Real Estate

April home-maintenance checklist - MSN Real Estate | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Fix fences, tighten your home’s energy efficiency, repair a screen door and make 8 cheap, fun improvements to give your home’s entrance some spring sparkle.
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Scoop this: Tips on how to get your home ready for Spring time living

 

Some good info here!

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader? Take The Test - Forbes

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader? Take The Test - Forbes | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Most everyone, regardless of their current role, wonders if they’ve got the right stuff to become a strong leader. Today is your chance to find out.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Martin Gysler's comment, April 6, 2013 5:20 PM
An excellent post and I think that the test give some insight in our ability to be a real leader.
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How do I pay for energy efficiency improvements to my home?

How do I pay for energy efficiency improvements to my home? | Home Performance | Scoop.it
This is a very simple question and, a bit like Murphy’s Law, a pretty complicated answer. But, here are a few, hopefully helpful, thoughts. (RT @BroadPeter: from @YouGenUK How do I pay for energy efficiency improvements to my home?
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Why The U.S. Military Is Pursuing Energy Efficiency, Renewables And Net-Zero Energy Initiatives

Why The U.S. Military Is Pursuing Energy Efficiency, Renewables And Net-Zero Energy Initiatives | Home Performance | Scoop.it
The military has begun a transition to efficient and renewable energy.
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"The U.S. military is the largest single consumer of energy and oil on the planet."

 

The U.S. military always know something that the rest of us don't.

 

Good article.

 

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Three Excuses to Ditch to Become an Effective Leader ... - Mediabistro

Three Excuses to Ditch to Become an Effective Leader ... - Mediabistro | Home Performance | Scoop.it
... permission such as acceptance but you'll “never know until you start and the only person who can fire the starting gun on your leadership is…you.” 3. I have this role model… / I can't find a role model… Again, more excuses.

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD, David Hain
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Re-scoop this: Once in a while I digress from my topic...Here is one such time.

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I had to smile when I read this...Excellent post, David. Thanks.
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What are Energy-Efficient Appliances? | eWasteDirect.com - Free Electronics Recycling | San Francisco Bay Area | Free Electronics Waste Recycling San Francisco Bay Area eWaste Direct

What are Energy-Efficient Appliances? | eWasteDirect.com - Free Electronics Recycling | San Francisco Bay Area | Free Electronics Waste Recycling San Francisco Bay Area eWaste Direct | Home Performance | Scoop.it
What are Energy-Efficient Appliances? - Energy-efficient appliances are appliances with the Energy Star label. The... http://t.co/KPjmu7KrRE
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Energy-efficient appliances are appliances with the Energy Star label...

 

Place it at top-of-mind when you shop for appliances to improve your home performance.  

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8 Tips to Make Your Remodel More Energy Efficient and Your Home Healthier

8 Tips to Make Your Remodel More Energy Efficient and Your Home Healthier | Home Performance | Scoop.it
As long as you’re remodeling, why not cut your utility bill and make your home a bit healthier? Here’s how to make your remodel more energy efficient.
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Ford MyEnergi Campaign

Ford MyEnergi Campaign | Home Performance | Scoop.it
The recently announced Ford MyEnergi campaign begins the convergence of the transportation and home sectors to conserve and use energy more efficiently (#Efficiency #Energy #GreenEconomy Ford MyEnergi Campaign http://t.co/k2NtIjgR8x)...
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Cold Interior Walls, Useless Insulation, and Building Science

Cold Interior Walls, Useless Insulation, and Building Science | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Think you can't lose heat through interior walls? These houses prove otherwise because of an incomplete air barrier.
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The World's Biggest Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

The World's Biggest Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi | Home Performance | Scoop.it

The Shams 1, a 100-megawatt concentrated solar power plant, has just started soaking up the Arabian sun outside of Abu Dhabi. That's the biggest of its kind on the planet.


A joint venture between the French energy giant Total, the Spanish renewable energy wizards Abnegoa, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean energy company, it will provide energy to some twenty thousand houses, and cut out of the atmosphere 75,000 tons of CO2 per year...


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Los Angeles suburb makes rooftop PV mandatory for new builds

Los Angeles suburb makes rooftop PV mandatory for new builds | Home Performance | Scoop.it
The Lancaster City Council has voted to make the city the first in the nation to require solar panels on all new homes in an effort to make the community more carbon neutral.

Via Pol Bacquet
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Tax Tip: Taking Advantage of Home Energy Efficiency Savings - Patch.com

Tax Tip: Taking Advantage of Home Energy Efficiency Savings - Patch.com | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Tax Tip: Taking Advantage of Home Energy Efficiency Savings Patch.com This tax season, before you press send on your online tax return or finish your last meeting with your financial advisor, make sure you are saving as much money as possible for...
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Home Energy Audits: Making Homes More Energy Efficient and Comfortable | Department of Energy

We offer them for free! MT @HESConsumer: Case study showing how an energy audit helps save energy: http://t.co/9eOZv9hJyO #energy
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Home energy audit is the IMPORTANT first step in improving your home performance.

 

 

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