February 11, 2017

Renewable Energy Reaches the Tipping Point

Low-carbon fuels will drive the global economy no matter what happens with Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Renewable energy has become cheaper than fossil fuels in many circumstances, even without accounting for climate change and other externalities. And more states are buying in as a result.
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February 11, 2017

Disrupting the Energy Industry with the Energy Technology Trifecta

Cheap solar electricity, on-site energy storage and electric vehicles will reshape the 21st century economy. Will today’s electric utilities position themselves wisely in this technology triangle? Or will they miss a golden opportunity?
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February 11, 2017

Getting to Zero Carbon in Menlo Park

Local governments must now take the lead to move ahead on energy efficiency. One city that shows how it’s done is Menlo Park, California. A nonprofit community organization called Menlo Spark paves the way to better buildings and transportation and resiliency in the face of an uncertain climate future.
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January 14, 2017

Three Ways Energy Ratings Support Efficiency

Home energy ratings are gaining acceptance, because they benefit consumers and housing industry professionals alike. Ratings support the value of efficient homes in the market, give builders a tool to optimize their designs, and support energy improvement financing.
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December 16, 2016

Schools Should Buy Books not Energy

Energy purchases are the second largest line item in most school budgets. That’s like throwing money away. Schools that have embraced high-performance improvements \save money and improve learning outcomes. Financing is the key to their success.
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November 28, 2016

“Leap” into Large-Scale Zero Energy Retrofits

A zero energy home doesn’t have to be new construction. Zero energy principles can be applied to existing buildings, too. By applying the scale and efficiency of industrial methods to housing, housing agencies in Europe are taking energy retrofits in giant leaps.
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November 28, 2016

PACE Loans Hurdle the “First Cost Barrier” to Zero Energy Homes

Long-term, low-cost financing means that owners and renters will see immediate financial benefits from energy efficiency improvements. Property-Assessed Clean Energy programs are sprouting up around the U.S. to address the need. Maybe your area has such a program.
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November 15, 2016

My Responsibility as a Realtor for Curbing Climate Change

This Realtor accepts a professional responsibility to improve the energy efficiency of housing and fight climate change.
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October 24, 2016

Can The World be Petrol Free?

Although the trend is just beginning, electric vehicles will eventually replace fossil fuel burners. Why not be ahead of the curve and future proof your next zero energy home by including extra solar generating capacity to supply enough electricity for the household and for transportation. This will satisfy the top two household energy uses.
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June 1, 2016

Banish “Payback”

Every conversation about zero energy homes (ZEHs) eventually comes around to the question of “cost.”
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