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When the head of the National Endowment of the Arts visited Rockland, Maine last week, he probably didn't expect to hear about energy efficiency contracting.  But in the story of Rockland's renaissance, art and the economy are intertwined, and Evergreen Home Performance has one of the staring roles.

Lowering our energy expenses is a far bigger priority for most of us than getting the newest iPhone or iPad – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do.  A survey by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research asked people to rank their energy usage priorities and the challenges to changing those usage patterns.

Comprehensive: Complete; including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something

Sometimes being a building science geek means knowing when to bite your tongue.  Not everyone wants to hear about beautiful basement encapsulations or the pros and cons of different kinds of insulation, after all.  Except when they do.

There are basements where people enjoy spending time.  They’re warm, dry, and cozy, and they make great playrooms, or guest rooms, or media rooms.  We imagine they’re something like Shangri-La: happy, idyllic, and – let’s be honest – fictional.

Happy June!  We're as happy to see warm, sunny weather as the next guy, but it's not because we're headed into three blissful months of vacation.  Home performance is a year-round endeavor.  Here are the top three reasons we spend the summer in hot attics instead of on hot beaches:

This is a guest post from ReVision Energy, Maine's leading installer of solar hot water and solar electric systems.  Evergreen frequently partners with ReVision on efficiency/solar projects

We'd heard that we should really be at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Saturday night, so we had an inkling that something was up.

Still, we didn't dare think we might be named Small Business of the Year.  Not until the presenter referred to this year's winner as "geekishly committed to their mission," with the aside that "it's on their website, so I'm going with it," did we even consider it.

It's been a big week for this 1933 Rockland bungalow.

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