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The Polar Vortex last week has sown people how poorly insulated and leaky their homes really are

The extreme cold temperatures of the last week of January 2019 has shown a lot of homeowners how poorly insulated and how much air leaks out of their homes.

This article in VOX: click here.

Shows some great examples of the flaws in people thermal and air barriers and makes the case for an energy audit on your home.

Ducting Cleaning is a waste of time and money.

We at Building Doctors have been saying this for a long time. Cleaning your ducts is a waste of time in residential systems. 

If you have dirt in your ducts then you have leaks in your ducts. Depending on how old they are it is better to seal them up or better yet replace them after being redesigned.

Does the new Tesla Solar Roofing tiles make financial sense yet?

We have been receiving a quite a few calls about the new Tesla Solar roof as an option to traditional Solar PV panels. 

Here is a great article by Steve Hanley on the CleanTechnica.com website that takes a really close look at the numbers.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/05/19/tesla-solar-roof-make-sense-powerscout-numbers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

It is all about the comfort is Southern California

Energy Efficiency is a great thing but in the temperate climate of Southern California, it is rarely the key motivating factor for someone to get a whole house upgrade.  

This article was from a year ago but it sums the comfort approach really well.

Happy New Year and happy reading

http://www.treehugger.com/energy-efficiency/we-should-sell-comfort-not-e...

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

2016 Heroes of Home Performance Calendar

Our own Dan Thomsen was chosen as Mr. June by Energy Circle as one of 2016's Heroes of Home Performance calendar. --the real pioneers of the industry. 

http://www.heroesofhomeperformance.com/june

2015 Energy Upgrade Ca Home Upgrade Contractor Awards and Dinner

On December 17th 2015 at the Embassy Suites of Anaheim, the annual contractor appreciation dinner was held. This is for participating contractors in the Energy Upgrade Ca Home Upgrade program as both an appreciation dinner and for awards for contractors that have gone above and beyond in the program. Building Doctors received an award for the third highest amount of jobs in the Gas Company and LADWP Energy Upgrade Ca rebate program. We also received the award for the Top Performer in Customer Satisfaction for 2015. We have never been a quantity company but a quality company and are truly honored to receive this award. 

ACI National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans, LA May 4 -7 2015

The 2015 ACI National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show will be held May 4-7 in New Orleans, LA. During this week, professionals from every sector of the home performance and weatherization industry will explore the role that healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient homes play in “Leading the Way,” which is the theme of this year’s event. By connecting with new partners and colleagues, you can cultivate greater prosperity for your business and advance your career. During our unparalleled educational sessions, you will enhance your knowledge and improve your skills so you can offer better services to your clients. Discover what’s possible, envision what’s next, and join the conversation about the future of residential energyefficiency.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Building Doctors started a challenge to help support research for a cure for ALS. The folks at @EnergyCircle , @SnugPlanet , @EnergyVanguard@TheEnergyNetwrk and Energy Docs have 24 hours to complete the ice bucket challenge and donate $25 to ALS research or skip the ice and donate $100.

Enjoy!

CLick on the You Tube Link here:

http://youtu.be/1IYwy6aprr0

Article about Building Doctors Clients

Great article about some Chevy Volt owners that all work on the same televison show "Pretty Little Liars" in Hollywood. David Dowell is one of our most environmentally friendly clients that really lives the life. We completed a deep Energy Upgrade California retrofit, has solar on his roof and got a high score in his Whole House Green Point Rating from Build It Green  In the small world that it is,  Carlos Arguello has been friends with Dan Thomsen for over 15 years.