Insulation Institute Blog

Can the Gamification of EE Deliver Success?

Researchers at Purdue University this week announced the creation of a patent-pending Internet of Things (IoT) software program called MySmartE that incentives people to use energy efficiency programs offered by the government and industry. Why does that matter? The lack of residential engagement with energy efficiency programs to measurably...

Dec 1, 2023 12:11:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The End of Home Sampling?

One of the dirty little secrets of modern home building is that some high-performance building programs allow home sampling or assigning all homes within a development the same performance characteristics or scoring as a reference home. The implementation of sampling was always challenging to monitor and assess. The implied promise for each home...

Nov 3, 2023 9:26:09 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Most and Least Energy-Efficient States in 2023

WalletHub has released its annual survey of America's most and least energy-efficient states. The personal finance site's evaluation of residential energy efficiency notes that the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 annually on utilities. Notably, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures (such as air...

Oct 20, 2023 8:12:46 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Two Years Free Electricity for New Home Buyers

With affordability at the top of the list for home buyers today, shopping for a home that will be budget-friendly to purchase and own is a priority for most buyers. A new one-stop shopping platform for energy-efficient homes is looking to change how Americans buy homes by elevating energy efficiency in the purchase process. Furthermore, it’s...

Oct 6, 2023 7:51:30 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

EE Day: Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs

Next Wednesday, October 4, is Energy Efficiency (EE) Day 2023. This annual event, a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency organizations, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), Advanced Energy United, The Alliance to Save Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Regional Energy...

Sep 29, 2023 7:10:03 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Join the DOE Peer Exchange for Updates on IRA Incentives

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Better Buildings Residential Network offers industry members an opportunity to keep abreast of energy efficiency and electrification rebates and incentives and the details associated with them. Industry members can register for Peer Exchange Calls. These calls cover key...

Sep 15, 2023 8:35:05 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

4 Reasons Why Insulation is Having a Moment

Summer 2023 has been a doozie, hasn’t it? And the season isn’t over yet.

July was the hottest month globally since records have been kept, and likely, the hottest in 120,000 years, according to Scientific American.[1]

Aug 18, 2023 8:56:14 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Energy Jobs Grew by 300,000 Last Year

Jul 28, 2023 8:45:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

More Insulation Tied to Increased Habitability

How long would your home remain comfortable and habitable in the event of a power outage in this summer’s brutal heat? The answer might depend on how well insulated your home is, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy. Analysis from the report, Enhancing Resilience in Buildings Through Energy Efficiency, finds that...

Jul 21, 2023 5:46:31 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Report: Couple Envelope & Electrification Work

A new report just published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) highlights that pairing residential heat pump heating and cooling systems with air sealing and insulation will reduce likely increases in customer costs and strain on the electric grid. The report’s message is timely as states prepare to implement two key...

Jul 13, 2023 11:51:28 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd