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RESNET Goal: Bring Water/Energy Efficiency Ratings to More New Homes

Posted by RESNET

Nov 29, 2016 2:53:33 PM

A new set of goals and priorities has been adopted by RESNET board of directors this month.

RESNET Goals to Achieve RESNET Mission by 2020:

  • Through education, marketing and market demand, 50% of all new homes will be HERS Rated.
  • Through education, marketing and market demand, the average HERS Index Score on new homes will meet the target energy rating Index Scores of the 2015 IECC.
  • Through education, marketing and market demand, 25% of all HERS Rated homes are WER Rated.  
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Which Appliance Is the Energy Hog in Your Home?

Posted by RESNET

Dec 29, 2015 12:08:00 PM

High utility bills are a major concern for many American households today, and it should come as no surprise that appliances account for a major portion of those bills.

Which appliance is guilty of being your home’s energy hog? Hawaiian Electric was wondering the same thing, so they did a study (based on the annual energy usage for a family of four, and a cost per kWh of $0.34); here are the results:

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Vast Majority of U.S. Homes Do Not Have Enough Insulation

Posted by RESNET

Dec 15, 2015 8:27:46 AM

It’s hard to believe, but 90% of existing American homes are under insulated.

That means 90% of existing American homes are wasting money, energy and are not providing their owners with optimal comfort. In addition to this, they are also having a negative impact on the environment.

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Winter Problems That Impact Energy Efficiency – Infographic

Posted by RESNET

Dec 8, 2015 10:46:33 AM

Harsh weather can cause all sorts of home winter problems for your home. This infographic shows you some of the more common ones – and how you can avoid them.

This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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Big Love for Big Energy Efficient Homes

Posted by RESNET

Nov 24, 2015 12:12:37 PM

Big homes are back but with one major difference: they’re more energy efficient than ever before.

Americans love big. Big cars, big houses… big is good… until all of a sudden it’s not. A combination of skyrocketing oil and energy prices, along with a downturn in the economy suddenly made the average American consumer think about downsizing everything from cars to homes. And so homes got smaller, about 5% smaller from 2007 to 2010, and less became more.

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Invest In Sustainable Furniture for Your Energy Efficient Home

Posted by RESNET

Nov 17, 2015 9:53:25 AM

As you go about making your home more energy efficient by air sealing it, improving the insulation and replacing old appliances with new energy-saving ENERGY STAR qualified ones, the question begs to be asked: have you also invested in sustainable furniture?

What is sustainable furniture, you ask? Well, as Americans become increasingly knowledgeable about the value of home energy efficiency, they are now also thinking about the quality of their home environment. And that includes furniture too, because depending on what it’s made out of your furniture can affect your home’s indoor air quality.

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Shedding Some Light on Energy Efficient Lighting

Posted by RESNET

Nov 3, 2015 9:22:24 AM

There was a time when no one knew or cared very much about energy efficient lighting, but that’s now a thing of the past.

All across America, households are switching out their traditional incandescent light bulbs for newer, more energy efficient alternatives that deliver the same amount of light at a fraction of the cost. So what are these energy efficient alternatives exactly?

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Tips on How to Have an Energy Efficient Halloween

Posted by RESNET

Oct 20, 2015 10:12:32 AM

Typically, you don’t think energy efficiency when you think Halloween, but you should! And here are some tips on how you can turn your Halloween this year into a “Hallogreen”.

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Whole-House System Approach to an Energy Efficient Home Renovation

Posted by RESNET

Sep 22, 2015 2:42:31 PM

A whole-house system approach to building or renovating an existing home is the most effective method to optimizing home energy efficiency.

How It Works

The whole-house system approach looks at a home as one complete, integrated unit of interdependent parts all working together in tandem. The result is a highly energy efficient home that generates lower utility and maintenance costs, while providing a more comfortable home environment.

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How Ready Is Your Home For Fall?

Posted by RESNET

Sep 8, 2015 9:59:28 AM

Cold weather can take a real toll on your home, inflicting some serious wear and tear.

The most effective way to minimize damage is by making sure your home is ready to face up to harsh fall and winter weather. Here are some tips to help get you started.

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3 Advantages to Solar Powering Your Home

Posted by RESNET

Aug 25, 2015 1:16:01 PM

Are there any real advantages to using solar to power your home?

WE'VE ALL GOTTEN USED to the sight of solar roof panels as more and more homeowners opt for using solar as an energy option for their homes. But are there any real advantages to using solar to power your home? The short answer is yes, and here are 3 of them:

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Cut Energy Costs When Buying a New Home

Posted by RESNET

Aug 11, 2015 1:29:45 PM

Buying a new home means more than just paying the mortgage; it also means paying the energy bill.

IT'S IMPORTANT to take energy efficiency into account when looking at properties. Here are some factors to consider that will help you cut energy costs when buying a new home.

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Sleep Cool This Summer with These Energy Efficient Tips!

Posted by RESNET

Jul 21, 2015 9:36:19 AM

Hot sticky summer nights can make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep, unless you crank the air conditioner up. But you’re back to sleepless nights again when you see your utility bill! Thankfully, there are other ways you can sleep cool this summer; here are 10 energy efficient tips to help you sleep in the heat.

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