Who runs your business? You? Or “the program”?

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At the Helm, N.C. WyethTo say the least, things look pretty volatile on the federal front. Volatile? How about crazy? Dysfunctional? ...

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Energy-Efficiency Program Folks: Do You Understand the Numbers that Drive a Contractor’s Business?

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raft of the medusaWhy is recruiting contractors to ...

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Designing Effective Home Efficiency Programs

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With several discussions over the past two weeks about the program-contractor interface, I thought it would be worthwhile to go back to the archives. Home performance programs have cited difficulty in attracting contractors ...

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Efficiency Programs Shouldn’t Ignore the Demand Side of the Equation

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Just because you can deliver something, doesn’t mean anyone wants to buy it. It’s called supply and demand. You could teach me to sing, but I ...

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How many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry? Repeating efficiency program mistakes over and over.

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Danger ahead

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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 ...

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Things that Home Energy Retrofit Programs Get Wrong

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Program Design Manifesto Title ImageLast year I shined a little light on why contractors are often reluctant–and very rationally reluctant–to ...

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New Tool Helps Track Down Your State Energy/Utility Officials

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Banging one’s head against the wall hurts. But sometimes, you’ve got to do it so that no one else bangs the wall against your head.

There’s often a lot of ...

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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 ...

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