Wise Home Show – Episode 22

The March 2024 episode is available. Jeff talks about how he has seen Private Equity purchase local HVAC companies and they are focused on quantity and quality is suffering. Two jobs he has seen with either poor work or just plain fraud. This is harming the industry. Jeff discusses how he would run NY state efficiency programs.

  1. Require all pictures to be geotagged, date stamped and uploaded to the funding program.
  2. Require blower doors or perform more QA when contractors skip blower door testing.
  3. Reward contractors & clients for downsizing HVAC size with a bonus.
  4. Ban single stage equipment in all programs as they are already oversizing equipment.
  5. Review usage 12 months after install and give Actual Performance Bonus to contractors delivering actual results. This will motivate poor performing companies.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 21

The February 2024 episode is available. In this episode Jeff has Matthew Bowers, Director of Building Science at The Auros Group to discuss Passive House design and certification. Matt built a home that has an impressive 47 CFM50 leakage rate. Also, Jeff talks about his presentations at the Saratoga Clean Energy Conference.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 20

The December 2023 episode is available. Jeff talks about a 1990 built home that was recently upgraded by a large contractor. The install has some deficiencies and the HVAC system that was installed is probably oversized. This highlights the importance of contractors documenting their inspections and work with timestamped and geolocation pictures, so a record is made of existing conditions and the upgrade process.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 19

The November 2023 episode is available. Rentals & Landlords can benefit from the energy grant programs. Tenants get the immediate benefits and landlord gets an upgraded home. We also discuss the proper furnace filtration to get the best filtration without harming the furnace.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 18

The September 2023 episode is available. A 2006 built home, slab on grade with ducts in the attic. The client has already installed a new oversized furnace. Home needs airsealing, duct sealing, insulation and smaller HVAC. BPI certifications and when not do a blower door for health and safety reasons.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 17

The August 2023 episode is available. Jeff interviews Corey Murphy, product consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply and Adjunct Professor at RIT in the Graduate Sustainable Architecture Department. The discussion is a higher level talk on moisture management and smart vapor retarders that promote building durability.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 16

In the July 2023 episode of the Wise Home Show podcast, Jeff interviews Dr. Allison Bailes III, author of the Book, “A House Needs to Breath or Does it? An introduction to Building Science.” Allison Bailes is the owner of the Energy Vanguard a consulting and design firm. His information and blog can be found at EnergyVanguard.com

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Wise Home Show – Episode 15

In this episode of the Wise Home Show broadcast, from June 2023, Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy discusses how to successfully partner with your contractor, and how this can impact the success of any project. How to prepare for initial visit with questions ready, access to attic and basement. How to prepare for install with driveway clear and stairways clear. Talk over concerns with contractor first.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 14

Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy, in the April 2023 podcast, discusses RGE/NYSEG demand control thermostats,  Also, Wise has won the Energy Star Award for a 6th consecutive year – how we are able to win that award, through Building Science fundamentals.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 13

On the March, 2023 podcast, Jeff talks about: IRA (inflation Reduction Act.) update, tax credits for now, rebates to come when NY sorts things out. How a client was offered the blower door, turned it down, and then regretted it. Home performance includes IAQ. Special Guest, Jason DiBiase from Rochester Pest Pros talks about pests and how it relates to home performance.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 12

Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy discusses residential energy efficiency in Upstate New York. Lowering energy usage in your home, taking advantage of New York state energy efficiency programs. Review of common residential energy usage problems.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 11

On the January, 2023 podcast, Jeff talks about: Building flaws common to townhomes and how to remedy them; requirements for blower door testing in New Builds; the potential banning of gas stoves and how it may impact you.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 10

On this month’s podcast, we cover the following important topics: No Cost Assessments for all New Yorkers. The downside of not getting a blower door test. Ranch style home treatments. Rebates for insulation for Residential and small commercial for RGE and NYSEG customers.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 9

How 3 season porches, additions, rooms over garages and 2nd floor of cape cods lose energy more quickly than other rooms. No Cost assessments in NY and how to apply for the grants to save on improvements.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 8

A discussion of the Inflation Reduction Act and how it impacts you as a homeowner, specifically your home energy and efficiency costs and comfort.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 7

If you are a resident of New York State and a customer of a publicly traded utility, you may be entitled to one or more energy efficiency incentives. NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) incentives are discussed by Jeff Flaherty and Bob Savage on today’s podcast.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 6

What kind of training has Wise Home Energy and our team sought out in order to best help and advise you with your home energy and efficiency needs? What certifications can you expect us and our technicians to have as you welcome us into your home or business? In today’s podcast Jeff and Bob cover this important topic.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 5

In this episode (Episode 5) of The Wise Home Show, Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy and Bob Savage of WNYR Radio discuss ventilation and how to insure that your home is properly ventilated, including things to avoid.
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Wise Home Show – Episode 4

In this episode (Episode 4) of The Wise Home Show, Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy and Bob Savage of WNYR Radio discuss the ins and outs of moisture in your home, including relative humidity and the impacts of excessive moisture.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 3

In this episode (Episode 3) of The Wise Home Show, Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy and Bob Savage of WNYR Radio continue their discussion of ice damming, including the specific causes, the types of damage damming can cause, and why it’s crucial to consult a professional to determinehow best to solve your ice damming problem.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 2

In this episode (Episode 2) of The Wise Home Show, Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy and Bob Savage of WNYR Radio discuss the reality of ice damming here in Western New York, and the steps to take to eliminate this common problem. If you have build-ups of ice and snow on your roof or in your gutters, this is the information you need.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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Wise Home Show – Episode 1

In this episode (Episode 1) of The Wise Home Show, Jeff Flaherty of Wise Home Energy and Bob Savage of WNYR Radio discuss the advantages of having a thorough and scientific home energy assessment performed, in order to diagnose your home’s energy efficiency and seasonal comfort.Click the link below to listen to the episode.

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