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You Don’t Need a Tesla Powerwall Battery, Unless…

It doesn’t make sense to invest in a Tesla Powerwall battery for you home unless you have these specific needs.… Read more

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Your Lamp or Space Heater Could be Making Your House Colder

An incandescent bulb in the wrong place or a space heater can make a home uncomfortable for its occupants. Are you making these mistakes?… Read more

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Using Passive Systems In Your Home to Reduce Your Expenses All Day, Every Day

It’s important for homeowners to understand the difference between active and passive systems. One can save you a huge amount of money on the other!… Read more

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Dare to Test Your Insulation IQ?

RTAblog_2015_0217_ColemanCoolerKeeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer requires three ingredients: energy, air sealing and insulation. If that sounds complicated, just think about how a cooler works.… Read more

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A Green Building Program that Doesn’t Allow Combustion In Homes?

RTAblog_2015_0210_GasCooktopIs this our direction? No gas stove? No fireplace? Some people would argue that means no comfort.… Read more

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Life Cycle Assessment: Getting to the “Why” of Making Sustainable Decisions

RTAblog_2013_0412_LifeCycleAssesmentRyan was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “The Green Appraisal Process” at the Region IX meeting of the Appraisal Institute today. The following are notes for some of the issues he’s been asked to address.… 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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Heat Wave: Two Notes to Help You With the Frustration of a Heatwave

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Heat WaveAccording to the American Red Cross, heat waves kill more people than any other weather event, including floods. Since so many Americans are enduring excessive heat and power failures, here are a few helpful notes:… Read more

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