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Energy efficiency is regularly called our cheapest, cleanest energy resource - but you don't have to take it from me. The NRDC has put together a short, ridiculously fun video about how energy efficiency can help you "starve the beast" of dirty power and invest in your home, your environment, and your economy.

Have you looked outside today?

We're still in the early stages of what's predicted to be a masive storm - and the early stages are proving to be much more intense than anyone expected.

With last week’s sub-zero temperatures, it’s no surprise that we’ve gotten a fair number of calls about frozen pipes.

All summer long, we assure people that our infrared cameras are sensitive enough to pick up even a few degree difference. We stand by that, but there's no doubt about it: arctic weather makes for some pretty dramatic infrared thermography.

That's because IR cameras detect the infrared radiation emitted by all objects. Since the amount of infrared radiation increases with temperature, thermography lets us see temperature differences. The bigger the temperature difference, the prettier the picture.

Remember how strangely warm it was last week? Temperatures topped 50 degrees last week, but the National Weather Service predicts that sustained winds of 15-25 miles per hour will make it feel like 45 below zero this week.

Did you get that? 45 degrees BELOW zero.

As I mentioned on WERU's Common Health show this week, home performance is about a lot more than comfort and energy savings. Those things are important, of course, but they aren't worth a thing if your home isn't safe and healthy.

It was snowing Wednesday morning, but that didn't stop me from driving to WERU to participate in Jim Fisher's Common Health radio program. Bobbi Harris of Washington Hancock Community Agency and Maria Donahue of Healthy Acadia were also in the studio, and we had a lively talk about how to maintain safe, warm, healthy homes.

Some of the highlights:

This opinion piece by Evergreen CEO Richard Burbank and Energy Circle CEO Peter Troast appeared in the Portland Press Herald on December 15.

At the moment, the national political dialogue is focused on the looming "fiscal cliff," tax reform and economic policy.

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