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CALIFORNIA MEMBER MARCHES PARADE TO PROMOTE ENERGY UPGRADES

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Read why Residential Network member Community Home Energy Retrofit Project took to the streets to raise awareness about home energy upgrades.
July 2015

Motivate Homeowner Action With Updated DOE Incentives Database

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Read why updates to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency can help you find incentives for homeowners faster.
April 2015

MINNESOTA MEMBER LISTS TWIN CITIES’ FIRST ENERGY FIT CERTIFIED HOME

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Read why a home purchased and upgraded by the Center for Energy and Environment made headlines after appearing on the Minnesota Multiple Listing Service.
January 2015

PEER EXCHANGE CALLS INSPIRE NEW LESSONS LEARNED GREATEST HITS

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Learn about a new resource that summarizes top takeaways shared by Residential Network members during Peer Exchange Calls.
October 2014

VERMONT MEMBER HELPS HOUSE HUNTERS COME HOME TO ENERGY SAVINGS

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Learn why NeighborWorks of Western Vermont added a realty division and hired a licensed real estate broker to sell even more home energy upgrades.
October 2014

BC Hydro Brings Energy Savings to Low-Income Families in Canada

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Read how Residential Network member BC Hydro’s Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) is helping even more low-income families in British Columbia.
September 2014

More Than 60 GUEP Communities Join the Residential Network

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Read about the Residential Network’s agreement with the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) competition to welcome all participating communities as members.
June 2014

LOCAL ENERGY ALLIANCE PROGRAM OFFERS GREEN APPRAISAL SERVICES

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Read why Charlottesville, Virginia, homeowners interested in selling their home, refinancing, or applying for a secured line of credit have a new tool to get started.
June 2014

STUDY: OWNERS OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES RECOMMEND THEM

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Read more about a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study aimed at uncovering how owners of energy-efficient homes felt after closing.
May 2014

FIRST-EVER NETWORK MEMBER GATHERING HELD AT 2015 BETTER BUILDINGS SUMMIT

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Read about the first Residential Network meet-up where members shared challenges, strategies for success, and suggestions for the coming year.
June 2015

Better Buildings Summit Residential Sessions Engage Energy Pros

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Read how the Better Buildings Summit is engaging home energy professionals in 2015 through new residential sessions and Network member participation.
March 2015

RESIDENTIAL NETWORK MEMBERS IMPACT MORE THAN 42,000 HOUSEHOLDS

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Read how less than 50 Residential Network members improved 42, 269 households in 2013 through home energy upgrades, as well as other program accomplishments.
December 2014

EFFICIENCY NOVA SCOTIA RELEASES ENERGY EFFICIENCY MOBILE APP

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Learn how a Canadian member’s new game app for mobile devices helps homeowners spot the difference between efficient and inefficient energy uses.
October 2014

Promoting High-Performance Homes to Real Estate Pros

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Learn how two Portland, Oregon-based Residential Network members are helping real estate professionals promote energy-efficient homes to buyers.
September 2014

AUSTIN ENERGY DIALS DOWN HOME ENERGY USE WITH SMART PHONES

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Learn how an Austin, Texas, Residential Network member used summer’s unpredictable weather patterns as an opportunity to promote efficient cooling.
July 2014

SOUTHEAST MEMBER LAUNCHES FINANCE NETWORK to Fund Upgrades

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Learn how the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance is leveraging DOE loan capital to engage a multitude of regional energy efficiency participants through education.
June 2014

NEW FINANCING TOOL EXPANDS MARKET TO INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS

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Read about a new financing platform designed to open the market for energy efficiency to institutional investors, known as Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans.
May 2014

Buffalo Pushes Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing in New York

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Read how
PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) Buffalo is creating energy-efficient, affordable housing in the multifamily sector.
April 2014

ENERGY PRIZE PARTICIPANTS GET SOCIAL (MEDIA) IN THE QUEST FOR $5 MILLION

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Read how Georgetown University Energy Prize participants are leveraging social media to help their community save energy and win big.
May 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS PARTNERS WITH MICHIGAN SAVES WITH EYES ON THE ENERGY PRIZE

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Read about two Residential Network members in Michigan that are working together to make home energy upgrades affordable.
February 2015

NEXUS ENERGY CENTER UNVEILS ENERGY-EFFICIENT TINY HOME

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Read about Nexus Energy Center’s recent unveiling of its 250-square-foot tiny home that will educate contractors and students about energy efficiency.
November 2014

CALIFORNIA MEMBER CONNECTS SOLAR ADOPTION WITH UPGRADES

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Read how the Center for Sustainable Energy made the connection between solar adoption and energy upgrades through homeowner studies.
October 2014

NeighborWorks’ On-Bill Option Simplifies Loan Payments in Vermont

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Read why paying for energy improvements just got easier in the Green Mountain State, thanks to Residential Network member NeighborWorks of Western Vermont.
September 2014

NEXUS ENERGY CENTER RAISES FUNDS FOR ENERGY-SAVING TINY HOME

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Read about Residential Network member Nexus Energy Center’s "TRES (Tiny, Renewable, and Environmentally Sustainable) Project.
July 2014

FLORIDA PROGRAM INVESTS $300,000 LOAN IN HOME ENERGY UPGRADES

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Read more about Solar and Energy Loan Fund’s Community Reinvestment Act to finance home energy upgrades for low- and moderate-income households.
June 2014

NEW YORK NETWORK MEMBERS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GREEN JOBS

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Learn how Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) and NYSERDA are using its knowledge of the housing market to create energy efficiency contracting jobs.
May 2014

DOE’S NEW COST-EFFECTIVENESS TOOL BUILDS THE BUSINESS CASE

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Learn more about DOE’s new user-friendly tool that estimates the cost-effectiveness of a residential energy efficiency program based on a program administrator’s inputs.
February 2014