Those who don’t share program results, condemn others to repeat mistakes.

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groundhog_day_movieGeorge Santayana got it right. So did Phil Connors, the Bill Murray character in Groundhog ...

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Workforce training doesn’t create efficiency jobs.

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“We trained 10,000 Weatherization workers.”

“The program certified more than 800 contractors.”

OK, that sounds like a good thing. And technical training is very important if you want to see work down well.

At the end of the day, program ...

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Bad Cost-Effectiveness Tests Undermine…Effectiveness!

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Or How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the TRC

drstangeloveI guess if I were savvier about this, I’d lead in with ...

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Program Mistake: Thinking Energy Savings Drive Home Improvements

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Mona_LisaYes, energy-efficiency programs are intended to save energy. The goal, however, shouldn’t be confused with the educational and ...

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The Incentive Float Can Sink a Contractor

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raft of the medusaHome performance incentives sound like a great idea. And they can be. But designed or executed ...

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Program Friction is a Real Drag

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Flow 1-How Our Business WorksA contractor’s job doing quality work for homeowners is difficult and complicated in its own right. ...

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Program Standards – If Only They Were Standard!

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Which Program Is ItWhy would a program want to use existing certifications, audit standards, installation specification, branding, modeling ...

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Which incentives promote “whole-house” energy savings?

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This is a long geeky post…but it’s important.

Residential efficiency retrofit programs—including home performance programs—are often accompanied be incentives. Rebate, loans, cash back for training or certification. Almost always, the incentive is applied to a secondary or even ...

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Fame and Glory via ACI Session Proposals

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Just last month at the ACI conference, I had several conversations with people wondering “How do I get to present a session?”  For about a decade I volunteered for the committee that reviewed proposals (whew—that was ...

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EE Programs Offer a Great Example of How to Confuse Consumers

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