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Maryland’s Be SMART Home Program Offers Energy Efficiency Financing for Homeowners

Maryland’s Be SMART Home Program Offers Energy Efficiency Financing for Homeowners | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Loans of up to $15,000 are available for a range of home improvements.
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Living Comfortably: A Consumer’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades

Living Comfortably: A Consumer’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades | Home Performance | Scoop.it
A comfortable home is an energy-efficient home.
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The Three Money-Saving Home Improvements You Should Tackle Right Now

The Three Money-Saving Home Improvements You Should Tackle Right Now | Home Performance | Scoop.it
If you own a home, chances are you've got a long list of renovations and upgrades you'd like to do on it. (From painting to refinishing floors, it never ends!
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3 basic home improvement tips that will GREATLY improve your home performance this Spring... by Melanie Pinola

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5 features that today's homebuyers want most

5 features that today's homebuyers want most | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Homebuyers have become more practical since the housing market crisis—they don't want cavernous entryways but they do want plenty of storage space. They want to be close to their jobs and integrated into their communities.
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Walgreens Plans First Net-Zero Retail Store in U.S. | EarthTechling

Walgreens Plans First Net-Zero Retail Store in U.S. | EarthTechling | Home Performance | Scoop.it
With solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal energy, the ubiquitous Walgreens drug store chain hopes to open the nation's first net-zero-energy retail store.
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Saving Money and Energy at Home

Saving Money and Energy at Home | Home Performance | Scoop.it
In this infographic, we show you how most of the energy in your home is used, which rooms use the most energy and ways to reduce energy.
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Scoop this to learn how you use energy and how you lose energy in your home. "Improving Home Performance"

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How Energy Efficiency's Story is Changing

How Energy Efficiency's Story is Changing | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Not so long ago, news about energy efficiency focused on what the U.S. could or should do, but wasn’t doing to save energy. It was a tale of woe. That’s no longer the case.
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The Home (building) Performance story is part of the Energy Efficiency story.

These stories will increasingly affect our lives...

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Multifamily Housing: A $3.4B U.S. Energy Efficiency Opportunity : Greentech Media

Multifamily Housing: A $3.4B U.S. Energy Efficiency Opportunity : Greentech Media | Home Performance | Scoop.it
ACEEE lays out 9 ways for utilities to optimize efficiency programs for apartment dwellers and landlords, and reap the rewards. (Efficiency news: Multifamily Housing: A $3.4B U.S.
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Tips On Energy Efficiency In the Coming Months - Patch.com

Tips On Energy Efficiency In the Coming Months - Patch.com | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Tips On Energy Efficiency In the Coming Months
Patch.com
Get an energy assessment of your home. The assessment will tell you how efficient your cooling system is. Do you have air leaks? An under-insulated attic?
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Stoughton residents can save on energy costs - Holbrook Sun

Stoughton residents can save on energy costs - Holbrook Sun | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Stoughton residents can save on energy costs
Holbrook Sun
Town officials are inviting residents to attend an home energy savings meeting on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Great Hall on the third floor of Town Hall, 10 Pearl St.
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Energy Audit Benefits

It can sometimes get very aggravating when your are at home, and there is a draft coming from somewhere, yet you check all around, and no windows are open. Where is this draft coming from? Why is it so cold?
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MA may expand solar energy requirements - WWLP 22News

MA may expand solar energy requirements - WWLP 22News | Home Performance | Scoop.it
MA may expand solar energy requirements
WWLP 22News
Massachusetts is set to generate 250 megawatts of solar energy four years ahead of the state's 2017 goal.
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8 Energy Efficiency Tips for Spring

8 Energy Efficiency Tips for Spring | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Learn how to improve the energy efficiency of your home this spring!
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For many people the home is their largest investment, "make your home perform for you."

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CleanTech Kingpins | The Green Light Distrikt

CleanTech Kingpins | The Green Light Distrikt | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Cleantech Kingpins is a local, regular event hosted in Boston and other US cities that brings together local experts to answer a specific question about the adoption of clean technologies.
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Why People Aren’t Sold on Energy Efficiency in their Homes | TIME.com

Why People Aren’t Sold on Energy Efficiency in their Homes | TIME.com | Home Performance | Scoop.it
How many residents of Boulder, Colorado, does it take to screw in a light bulb?
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Because they are mainly been sold on the benefit of savings on utility bills which is only part of the story.

 

The stories of how these improvements enhance the comfort, safety and durability of most homeowners largest investment must also be told.

 

Specifically, these improvements will eliminate cold and hot spots from rooms,

prevent mold spores, expel carbon monoxide and other carcinogens and prevent moisture build-up that causes wood decay. 

 

The Home Performance story is a more complete story.

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Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, Natural Gas | SEIA

Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, Natural Gas | SEIA | Home Performance | Scoop.it
RT @Brightergy: Truth! @SEIA: GALLUP POLL: Americans in Every Region of the US Want More Emphasis on #Solar Energy: http://t.co/6glJxu28XY"
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LOL--Elevator Pitch, Escalator and Stairway Pitch Cartoon

LOL--Elevator Pitch, Escalator and Stairway Pitch Cartoon | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Enjoy the elevator pitch cartoon by professional cartoonist Mark Anderson of Andertoons Cartoons. Have a laugh today.

Via Karen Dietz
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All three must be in your toolbox...

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Karen Dietz's comment, April 1, 2013 6:42 PM
I agree David!
David Allen's comment, April 1, 2013 9:51 PM
Karen, I believe in the power of "telling your story." I am getting some good tips from you here. Thanks.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 1, 2013 10:03 PM
Yeah! Glad you are finding interesting material here. And love that you are into the power of storytelling :) It's great to meet you David.
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IMF: Governments need to end energy subsidies

IMF: Governments need to end energy subsidies | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Fund joins climate debate, suggests $1.40 per gallon tax on gas in U.S. to reflect social costs of fossil fuel.
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A welcome development, the IMF calling on governments to support enewable energy development.

 

More proof that home (building) performance is a solid foundation industry.

 

Join the movement!

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Republican Mayor Leads City To First-Ever Solar Energy Mandate

Republican Mayor Leads City To First-Ever Solar Energy Mandate | Home Performance | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the City Council of Lancaster, California approved a mandate that most new homes must produce solar energy. This is the first such mandate in the nation.
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Home Energy Audit: Incentives and Insulation

Home Energy Audit: Incentives and Insulation | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Spring is almost here, and you may be ready to open your windows, turn off your heater, and forget winter.
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Limiting Home Energy Usage: a Visual Guide to Home Energy Sa ...

Limiting Home Energy Usage: a Visual Guide to Home Energy Sa ... | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Everyone is trying to conserve electricity these days. Often, there are slight adjustments that you can make to your home and office that result in huge differences in the long run. But what if you're tried these?
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How to Build an Energy Efficient Home

How to Build an Energy Efficient Home | Home Performance | Scoop.it
If you're looking to build a new home, you can save yourself money in the long run with these energy-saving features. (How to Build an Energy Efficient Home - As it becomes more and more important to recognize and do our part in...
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Energy Efficient Policies Could Save Nearly $1 Trillion

Energy Efficient Policies Could Save Nearly $1 Trillion | Home Performance | Scoop.it
ACEEE Points Way for Congress to Save $1 Trillion Through Energy Efficiency.
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An interesting report by

 

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

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The 10 Best PollutionBusting Houseplants

The 10 Best PollutionBusting Houseplants | Home Performance | Scoop.it
These houseplants are great for cleansing your indoor air, but do you know what else they can do for your health? (RT @mercola: To improve the #air quality in your home, get some houseplants. Even NASA has found that #plants improve the air!

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Apple owns biggest private solar power system in US - Fox News

Apple owns biggest private solar power system in US - Fox News | Home Performance | Scoop.it
GigaOM Apple owns biggest private solar power system in US Fox News The iPhone maker announced on Friday that fully 75 percent of its corporate facilities and data centers are powered by energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind, hydro...
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Cheers for Apple- electronic power usage is increasingly becoming a bigger cost factor in the home.

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