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This Holiday Could Save You Money!

Don’t you hate it when something goes on sale right AFTER you buy it? Be sure you wait until October 2-4th to buy any of this stuff if you’re in or near Georgia.… Read more

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How Will New Water Heater Efficiency Standards Affect Home Owners?

RTAblg_2015_0407The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has increased efficiency standards for tank and tankless water heaters. The new standards take effect on April 16, 2015.… Read more

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Counterpoint: Home Energy Efficiency is Making a Difference

RTAblog_2015_0226_plugsIn a recent MNN post, Lloyd Alter contends “having more stuff is eating up all the gains from being more efficient”. Is that true?… Read more

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Efficiency & Enforcement at Issue: A Fight Over Furnaces in 30 States

RTAblog_2013_0408_furnaceIn 2008, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) began considering minimum standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps in homes. Minimum standards for furnaces were already in discussion. On June 27, 2011 the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency … Read more

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Let’s Celebrate National Weatherization Day by Figuring Out What “Weatherization” Means

RTA_blog_2012_1030_BlowerDoorThe Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1976 to assist low-income families who can’t afford to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Increasing energy efficiency helps families reduce their energy costs … Read more

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What is NIST and Why is the US Government Building a “Laboratory” House?

RTA_blog_2012_0918_NIST_NetZeroHouseOn September 12, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new two-story, 2,700 square foot house on its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The house is a net-zero project built in partnership with … Read more

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