Thermal Imaging of a House in Cambodia (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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Grist recently ran a piece on lessons learned by by shadowing a home energy inspector. The author highlighted a number major lessons, including:
- It’s a social job.
- Comfort matters more than pocketbook savings – for some homeowners.
- It helps to see it and learn firsthand (especially for the blower-door test).
- Thermal imaging cameras are nifty.
- Attics should get insulation first, then walls and basements.
- Most progress depends on the homeowner.
- Utilities are driving the retrofit industry right now.
- Renters have split incentives.
You can read the entire article, including the explanations of the lessons learned, on the Grist website here.
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has a fairly new website called Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements.
The website lists a number of reports and case studies about how to improve demand for home energy improvements, and findings from utility and government retrofit programs.
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