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New Ways to Use Less Energy [WSJ]

The Wall Street Journal discusses some of the latest green building practices that help homeowners save energy.  The four the author focuses on are blown fiberglass insulation (expensive yet cheaper than spray foam), heat pump water heaters (pricey systems that use heat from the air), electronic monitors (gadgets to cut unneeded energy usage), and concrete countertops (an affordable local surface option).  Read the article:

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Help an Appraiser Value Your Green Home

Appraising a home is difficult work that’s made more difficult with the growing popularity of high-performance homes.  Appraisers have access to training to learn how to better value energy-efficient homes, but a lot of what’s in the home is behind the drywall.  Or may not be apparent with a site visit.  Which is why I like this addendum created by the Sustainable Finance department of the Earth Advantage Institute.

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EnergyHub Unveils Home Base System

EnergyHub just announced the launch of an energy management system for consumers interested in monitoring, controlling, and reducing energy use.  The system includes an in-home display, wireless thermostat, sockets, and strips, as well as iOS and Android apps for on-the-go control.  Some purchasers will also be able to integrate the system with data from their smart meter if they have a compatible meter.

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