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Building Doctors Wins Green Point Rated Award as California’s 2013 Home Performance Contractor of the Year by Build It Green

Mark Hensley, Green Point Rater and Dan Thomsen, President

The nonprofit, Build It Green announced that Building Doctors won a 2013 Green Point Rated Award and has been named California’s Home Performance Contractor of the year for 2013.  The award honors Building Doctors for its leadership in residential green building in California and its role in expanding the number of high quality homes built or remodeled to the standards of Green Point Rated, the most trusted independent green home certification program in California.

Energy Upgrade CA Awards for 2013

 The Energy Upgrade CA program had their Third Annual Contractor Appeciation Night on December 12th, 2013 at the Pasadena Hilton.

Awards were presented to some particpating contractors. Building Doctors has received Acheivement Awards from both the Gas Only and the SCE and Gas Company combined Energy Upgrade Ca programs for the third year in a row for installing a higer level of projects. 

Consumer Reports Notes Difference Between Regular Contractors and BPI Contractors

Great article in Consumer Reports (click here for the article) that writes about ideas that save money and cut your utility bills without sacrificing comfort. It reports the benefits of using Building Performance Institute (BPI) contractors because of their training and protocols.

Obama Mentions Energy Efficiency!

We were thrilled to hear the President talk energy efficiency in last night's State of the Union Address:

“I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years,” he declared. “We’ll work with the states to do it. Those states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.”

See the full story in the Washington Post

Upgrade Your Refrigerator, Save Money Twice.

One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:

Energy Efficient Landscaping for Cooling Down.

On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.

Everything You Need to Know About the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010.

Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.