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Your House is a Battery

We used to get this question a lot, “Do I really save energy by letting my house cool off when I’m at work, since the heating system has to work so hard to warm the house back up later?”  Vermonters … Continue reading

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Ground Source Heat Pumps

(I found this post in my Drafts folder.  It includes a reference to a device that is no longer in production: the Daikin Altherma.  But everything else still holds.) Ground source heat pumps, also known as geothermal heat pumps, take … Continue reading

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Video Recordings of Zero Energy Presentations

For an overview of the whole zero energy home concept, here are two public presentations that were recorded. This one, recorded in Brattleboro in the winter of 2014, is the full three-hour presentation covering What is a zero energy home … Continue reading

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Zero Energy in an Infographic

Hello folks.  Architect Eric Corey Freed tweeted about this infographic and the accompanying critique by Mother Nature Network.  Just like Mother Nature Network, I like Vivint’s infographic but for a real Zero Energy Home, you’ve got to go further.  Even … Continue reading

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The Z Prize: $10,000 for Your Zero Energy Home

For 7 years running Northeast Sustainable Energy Association has offered a $10k prize for the best zero energy building in the northeast.  The application deadline is coming up.  Retrofit projects are strongly encouraged, and affordability is an important criteria. Apply … Continue reading

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Solar Incentive Expiring – It’s Now or Never

Now or never…  Not really, but it’s now or not-quite-as-affordable… which does have a nice ring. As many of you have heard from me, there are four circumstances that are conspiring to make solar an amazing bargain right now (in … Continue reading

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Large Tax Credit Proposed for Home Energy Improvements

In the latest effort to support a performance-based tax credit to encourage meaningful home energy improvements, Senators Cardin, Feinstein and Schatz have proposed a tax credit of up to $5,000 for homes that undergo work to reduce energy consumption by … Continue reading

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