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$1300 average savings per year on a 2200 sf home?! (m-2:25) When does gross exaggeration become outright lies? This malarky sound like a lie to anyone besides me? 

When someone tries to convince you "Home Comfort Pays for Itself" there is a simple test to see if they have integrity or are simply a snake oil salesman - Ask if they've ever tracked results.

Do the savings they projected show up? How many completed projects have they measured the results of? 

IT THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE ONE CASE STUDY, DON'T TRUST THEM! 

If all they do is talk about hypothetical savings as "very real examples", it's likely they're more interested in helping themselves than helping you. 
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Lol, right Laurie? Think we'll be able to help Larry see how hypocritical he's being?

Know where your shots land, or shut up about return on investment and saving money! You look like a window salesman!
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Right on Allison!...
 

What good would physics be without modeling?
Energy modeling is looked down upon by some people who work on homes. They have good reason, but there's more to the story.
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"Get the money back in savings"... Sound like a promise?
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Real measurement is coming to energy efficiency, are we ready?
Energy efficiency programs are increasingly measured and ranked. Nate Adams, of Energy Smart Home Performance, explains what this new transparency means to the industry.
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Not gonna comment on NY REV? Even if you don't live in NY,...

"Sitting this one out, ignoring Climate Change and not giving voice to a major shift in the way New York State gets energy is a major copout on the greatest issue of our day. I know, you’re busy and have lots of other stuff to do. But if Climate Change becomes overwhelming, all that stuff you’re doing now won’t matter."
 
Get beyond Fracking by REV [ing] up renewable energy in New York State
Unless your head is still buried in Sen. James Inhofe’s (“outspoken denier of climate science and chairman of the Senate’s environment committee”) climate-denial book, you know that New York State is banning Fracking. Fracking is a dirty way of extracting a dirty fossil fuel, when we should be turning towards clean energy (wind, solar, geothermal, conservation, energy efficiency, microgrids, and net metering). Now that our attention is back after...
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+Rob HVAC seriously? Or are you being sarcastic? I always have to check first, since sometimes sarcasm doesn't emote well across straight text. 
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Yep, you can get a cheaper price by doing it incorrectly. But then you'll pay 3x that price undoing and then getting it done correctly.

Another nice video Larry.
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Sometimes it a bitch to know what's good and what isn't. I've some friends who learned a lot when they let a guy convince them it was safe to pressure wash their cedar shake roof...
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"Home comfort at no cost." Sound like a promise savings will pay for improvements?

Ever track to see if this is truth or lies? Any case studies? Or is this just smoke without substance?
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Sense of scale...
 
A sense of scale: Wilt Chamberlain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Andre the Giant hanging out on the set of Conan the Destroyer. The three were good friends, and apparently both Chamberlain and Andre the Giant enjoyed picking Schwarzenegger up and moving him around, because if you can do that, it's probably kind of fun.

(Here's a video of the Governator telling some of those stories -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzIu7o5NH1k)

h/t +Saladin Ahmed.
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Plates came! (sorry, scroll to bottom)

Thanks to Lizzy n Nate for voting "PLUGSY", pretty funny.
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Congrats on living on the edge, man!
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Slow, deliberate, thoughtful critical thinking. I
really enjoy watching +Jack Rickard's thinking process, it exudes quality. 
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Cool!
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Oh. Okay, I can see that. Well, heck, why don't we all have them??
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Introduction

My name is Ted Kidd.  My goal is to help transform Home Performance from a product to a consultative service so it can scale, and be worthy of the nickname given me by the Rochester Democrat & Chronical columnist Anne Peterson of Energy Guru.  

By reducing my clients energy use by 30-70% while at the same time improving the comfort and value of their homes, I've learned when you deliver on promise and on budget people are surprised and satisfied.  Home Performance currently does neither, and that needs to change for the vision of market transformation to be realized.  

ENERGY EFFICIENCY SPECIALISTS:  Currently we find ourselves being hired as advocate and quality control support to homeowners interested in comprehensive retrofit improvements.  We are also providing audit process, sales process, modeling process, and improvement design process consulting services to companies attempting to make the jump from product oriented sales to consultative design oriented sales.  

BACKGROUND:  I was raised in a family with 7 children. Being wasteful was frowned upon when there was barely enough to go around already. I wish this was a more pervasive attitude in society today as we need to forestall reaching "peak oil".

In College I studied Economics and have spent the last 20 years involved in financial planning, real estate management, and helping small businesses set up and manage accounting systems and cash flow.

Financial efficiency and energy efficiency are very similar. I firmly feel that money spent on energy, while a necessary evil, is for the most part money wasted. If that money can be redirected to something tangible and lasting, isn't that a better use of resources?

In 2007 Mike Jag of Jag Construction (BPI Accredited Contractor) suggested I look into the Building Performance Institute (BPI) courses. Intrigued, I decided to take the entry class in Syracuse. I found the class took so many "rules of thumb" that I'd heard for years and turned them on their ears that I had to take more. From January to May 2008 I attended 4 NYSERDA "Home Performance with Energy Star" sponsored BPI (Building Performance Institute) training classes. I also obtained the EPA 608 refrigerant certification required to enroll in the Heat Pump class.

After taking these classes it became a priority to finish insulating my house. Given what I'd learned about moisture, air movement and condensation, I was very reluctant to have someone simply blow shredded paper into the empty cavities in my leaky old home. So in the spring of 2008 I contacted AirKrete inventor Keene Christopher to find out about having my house insulated with his cementious foam. He referred me to Halco. Once Hal Smith heard about the BPI training I'd taken he invited me to work in his family business.

I have since left Halco. In 2010 I co-founded a partnership called Energy Efficiency Specialists, which became BPI Accredited and a Home Performance with Energy Star Partner in February 2011.


How can I be of service to you?

I help open doors to financial incentives. We work with other BPI Certified energy auditors and in NY, HPwES Accredited contractors. This opens the door to the "free/reduced cost audit", 3.49% unsecured financing, On Bill Recovery Financing, and 10% to 50% outright incentives for utilizing the NY Get Energy Smart scientific approach to improving energy efficiency.

I'm passionate about energy efficiency and the environment. I've always been keenly interested in financial efficiency. This translates more directly to energy efficiency as resources become increasingly scarce, and as obtaining those resources becomes more conflict ridden. Plentiful alternatives may be "around the corner"..., but in the meantime you can save a lot of money and be less wasteful.

Most homeowners single largest asset is their home, yet too seldom are large improvement decisions assisted by really good cost benefit analysis. Whole House Diagnostics and the power of computer modelling provide the tools. A small investment of time and energy up front can mean huge returns in energy savings, noise, comfort, health and improved durability. For most homeowners the key is knowing that the opportunity exists.

I have hands on experience. I've done a lot of work on my own circa 1905 home, which is in the historic Park Avenue neighborhood of Rochester. I have first hand knowledge of the impact that good insulation and equipment improvements have on energy costs. My energy consumption is ¼ therm and 3 kilowatt hours per square foot per year -- that's about 50 cents per square foot in annual energy use. Compare that to the average inefficient home which may use $1 to $2 per square foot, that's pretty significant savings. It won't put your kid through school, but it might buy them the used car to get there.

I have cutting edge knowledge of current building science and best practices. In 2008 I completed NYSERDA "Home Performance with Get Energy Smart" sponsored Building Performance Institute (BPI) training:

  • Building Analyst - 36 hours - January 2008
  • Envelope Training - 30 hours - March 2008
  • Heating Professional - 30 hours - April 2008
  • EPA Clean Air Section 608 UNIVERSAL - May 2008
  • Cooling Professional Training - 16 hours - May 2008

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY SPECIALISTS, LLC.

We are a solutions-oriented energy audit and solutions design company. Our goal is to build a reputation for providing amazingly cost effective solutions, not simply selling products.

Too often people purchase savings products hoping for energy savings solutions and are disappointed. This is a failure of design, not product. Quick fixes are generally not good, and good fixes are generally not quick. Without an audit and thoughtful design, huge opportunities are missed. Success rests on the energy audit and quality retrofit design, which takes talk time and think time.

Energy Efficiency Specialists mission is to provide the highest quality audits and design, we partner with other BPI Accredited/Home Performance Contractors to deliver quality installation and insure our design meets or exceeds our model results.

Products we use to facilitate solutions include:

  • Open and Closed Cell Urethane Spray Foams
  • Cellulose
  • AirKrete Cementious "Foamsulation"
  • Windows and Doors
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems
  • Furnaces, Air Source Heat Pumps (Hybrid Heat)
  • Geothermal or Ground Source Heating and Cooling
  • High Efficiency Hot Water Heaters
  • Wind, Solar Photo-voltaic, and Solar Thermal

We are proud to specify/facilitate install of Carrier, American Standard, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, and Goodman HVAC Equipment, Navien, Triangle Tube and Viessmann boilers, and many other highly respected quality products.

Please feel free to call or e-mail me at any time.

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