Home “MPG” Labels Won’t Drive EE Improvements

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I want to get back into some of the behavioral economics and geek-out Kahneman Style (maybe Psy could do a video?). But over the past week, a couple of conversations highlighted for me the focus on energy savings in contrast with my assertion that most people don’t buy energy-efficiency based on economic rationality. The essence of the conversation were that labeling homes would really drive efficiency and touted things like the Home Energy ...
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The small daily things count!

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There is an interesting piece by Jared Diamond in today’s NYTimes, That Daily Shower Can Be a Killer. The essay explores risk, and how we often look at the big scary things and ignore the small risks that confront us every day. If there is something that has a small probability of killing you—but you do it every day—it makes sense to be careful.

Too often in business, we ...

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Reason One to Attend ACI’s National Conference

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“Yeah, but they are [pick: ‘bigger’, ‘smaller’, ‘in a different market’, ‘just plain different’].”

If you’re holding out looking for the perfect blueprint to build your company, you certainly will have a very difficult (read “impossible”) time finding one. The lessons from no other company will be an exact fit for you. You can’t do exactly what anyone else has done and expect the same result. That’s in part because you can’t do exactly what they have done. And in ...

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4 (More) Traps to Avoid in Selling Home Performance

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You want the sale. We all want the sale! Maybe you’re very hungry to post some numbers or push to hit the plan. That’s OK. But don’t let that get in the way of good approaches. It’s easier to stick with a good process when you’ve got ample leads, a solid pipeline, and you’re been hitting the numbers. So, try to stay ahead and…use effective lead generation, maintain your pipeline, and stay on top of your plan and what ...
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Good information and financing don’t lead directly to buying energy-efficiency

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bad decisionsI heard it again last night from a couple of manufacturers who have a strong interest is selling products to increase the efficiency of homes. “People aren’t buying ROI.” They’re right.

It’s time to stop propagating a couple of myths surrounding what makes people buy or not buy home energy upgrades. The common assumptions are 1) if we give people good ...

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DOE releases report on Home Performance with Energy Star Program

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HPwES ReportThe U.S. DOE has released a report providing a review of stakeholder comments and DOE’s plan for the continued evolution of the Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program.

Wether you’re a contractor or you implement programs, it’s worth a read to see how proposed changes might impact ...

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Back in the saddle!

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After a few months away (well, not really away, but taking some vacation and not going full tilt), it’s great to be back at it. I will be kicking off this blog with the intent to focus on those areas that light my fire–and that hopefully will be of interest to you, too, gentle reader!

Of course, from time to time, I’ll touch on a variety of building science topics–yes, you can count on a rant about the “Amish” heaters ...

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