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The Serious Scoop on the Efficiency Maine Funding Debate

The battle over the missing “and” continues, but several proposals suggest that it won’t end the way we reported it would on April Fools’ Day.

The debate began late last month, when Maine’s Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 to slash energy-efficiency funding based on a strict reading of the 2013 Omnibus Energy Bill. There is bipartisan agreement that the missing “and” was a typographical error and that such a reading contradicts the Legislature’s intent, but no such agreement that a clean fix is the best solution.

Evergreen finds and returns “and” to Maine legislators, PUC

Evergreen Home Performance is proud to announce its discovery of the word "and,” lost sometime in 2013 in the Maine State Legislature, and its intention to return the word to its rightful owners, the people of Maine.

“It’s not unusual to find a bit of a building’s history in our line of work,” says Evergreen’s president, Richard Burbank. “But – or maybe I should say and – this discovery is surprisingly important.”

Congratulations to our Sales Champion!

Energy Advisor Justin McEdward (far left) completed his Dale Carnegie sales training yesterday and earned the Sales Advantage Highest Award for Achievement.

Trainer Dave Stearns (pictured with Justin at left) praised Justin's "confidence, poise, and continuous performance."

Way to go, Justin!

Age in Place with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Vera has called this lovely little log cabin home for thirty years. It's full of memories, and she has no interest in leaving it. But her husband passed away a few years ago, and Vera's children worried that she couldn't keep up with the maintenace a log home requires. The house was cold and drafty, and they'd started talking about nursing homes when Vera's daughter met Evergreen Energy Advisor Brian Robinson by happenstance.

Why your home gets icicles

Evergreen Home Performance can help! Contact us to schedule a free one-hour energy consult and learn how air sealing and insulation can bring your home into balance, make you more comfortable, reduce ice dams, and cut your energy costs.

What's Air Sealing Anyway?

You know that insulation is important, but what's this air sealing stuff everyone is talking about? Check out this video, then contact us for your free one-hour consult and learn how air sealing will make your home more comfortable, durable, and energy efficient.

Five Fabulous Years!

Evergreen is proud to be a place where people stick around. We're lucky to have dedicated, kind, interesting people on our team, and we're smart enough to treat them right. Last week we honored two incredible Field Technicians for five years of service in our company - and in your homes.

Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Ice Dams

Every industry does it. We use words that mean so much to us that we don’t realize that they’re meaningless to the rest of the world. This series - Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed– attempts to change that. Have a “green” word or phrase you want de-buzzed? Let us know and we’ll add it to the series!

Today’s buzzword: Ice Dams

Unfortunately, ice dams are a familiar-enough concept that they hardly qualify as a buzzword. Everyone knows that heavy icicles can pull off gutters, crash to the ground, trap water on the roof deck, and cause serious leaks, and everyone’s abuzz with quick, temporary fixes. Real solutions demand and understanding of the building science behind this common winter sight, though, and that’s how ice dams found their way into this series.

Hitting the Sweet Spot

Why to Invest in Comprehensive Home Improvements that Make a Real Difference

The home improvement world is full of quick tips to save energy: switch to LED bulbs, add a draft guard to the front door, program your thermostat, install a low-flow shower head…. You can make all of these changes – and you probably should – but don’t be surprised if this so-called “low hanging fruit” doesn’t yield huge results. The reality is that real results require real investment – and anything less may leave you disappointed.

Nate Adams, over at Energy Smart Home Performance in Ohio, explains it with this graph:

Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Building Envelope

Every industry does it. We use words that mean so much to us that we don’t realize that they’re meaningless to the rest of the world. This series - Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed– attempts to change that. Have a “green” word or phrase you want de-buzzed? Let us know and we’ll add it to the series!

Today’s buzzword: Building Envelope

Once upon a time, all we asked of our buildings was that they keep the wild animals out. These days, we expect a bit more. Rain in the kitchen isn’t okay, and neither is paying an arm and a leg to stay warm when it’s cold outside. Well-designed homes accomplish those lofty goals with a good building envelope.