Energy Efficiency Audits & Contracting in Coastal Maine
Evergreen Your Home: the blog
Energy efficiency is fairly easy to define. But what does energy efficiency look like? And if you can’t see it, how can you engage with it?
That’s what Geoffrey Hay, an Associate Professor of Geo-Information Science at the University of Calgary asked the TEDx Calgary audience last summer. He’s the force behind Heat Energy Assessment Technologies, or HEAT, a free GeoWeb service that shows homeowners where their homes are wasting heat and how much it’s costing them.
“We believe that if people could see the waste heat they generate and if they knew how much it cost (financially and to the environment), that they would want to take action,” says Hay.
After falling an embarrassing 13 spots last year, Maine rallied to #16 in the ACEEE’s 2013 State Energy Scorecard, earning a “most improved” rating from the non-profit organization.
The annual report, which ranks states on the depth and breadth of their policies and programs to promote energy efficiency, attributed Maine’s rise to the Omnibus Energy Bill passed last June over Governor Paul LePage’s veto. The legislative action returned full funding to Efficiency Maine and restored Maine nearly to its previous ranking.
Energy efficiency is regularly called our cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy source. It’s good for home comfort and safety, good for our pocketbooks, and good for the Earth – so it’s easy to agree that efficiency is a good idea. Evergreen makes it easy to plan and install cost-effective improvements that make homes more comfortable and energy efficient. (How easy? Contact us for a free consult and find out!)
If you're anything like me, it was easier to get up this morning than it has been in a while. It wasn't just the extra zzzs I caught over the weekend; yesterday's time change meant that it was already light when my alarm went off. Sure, it'll be dark before I get home tonight, but as I put on my sunglasses and cruised toward work, I was feeling pretty good about this whole end-of-Daylight-Saving-Time thing.
Until I heard this: Crime peaks during the "extra" hour of evening darkness. Apparently criminals aren't early risers, so they weren't taking advantage of last week's dark mornings, but the time change offers an opportunity many can't resist.
Fossil fuels are ingrained in our daily lives – but do they have to be?
More than 30 Mainers have vowed to find out by participating in the first Portland No-Impact Week, October 13-20. We're proud to sponsor the one-week carbon cleanse, which challenges people to make realistic behavior changes that reduce their impact on the environment and improve their quality of life.
“The idea of the No Impact Project is for participants to spend a week eating locally grown food, getting around by walking or cycling, trying not to generate trash, and cutting back on electricity and water usage,” said Pat Coon, co-founder of high efficiency heating contracting company ReVision Heat and one of the organizers of the Portland No Impact Week.
You probably already know that Efficiency First, the national association for the building performance industry, supports building performance companies in dozens of ways, from national advocacy efforts to live webinars and member education programs.
(If you're not already a member of Efficiency First, go join now. I'll wait.)
Evergreen Home Performance is growing again! Since 2006, we've helped hundreds of homeowners gain comfort and cut costs. Along the way, we've trained dozens of home performance professionals.
Now it's time to train a few more: We're hiring a new Field Technicians in our home base of Rockland, Maine.
We're one week into a collaboration with Midcoast Habitat for Humanity that will raise awareness and funds to support energy efficiency and affordable housing. Throughout August, Evergreen will donate $1 to MHFH for every new “like” it receives on Facebook, up to $500. New Facebook fans have already helped us contribute $10 to Midcoast Habitat, but we want to give more!
One of 8 homes on Merryspring's annual Kitchen Tour boasts more than an enlarged, custom kitchen. The 1880s farmhouse got an energy efficiency upgrade from Evergreen this year, including basement encapsulation and attic insulation that made the home more comfortable and affordable.
Participants on the annual kitchen tour can learn more about the energy upgrades while admiring the work of the homeowner-cabinetmaker and enjoying tastings from local chefs. Rockport's Blue Sky Cantina is catering the morning, and Camden's Conscious Kitchen will provide treats for the afternoon.
- 1 of 12