Author Archives: Garen Thatcher

About Garen Thatcher

All about me? I want to make this all about you and what I can do to make your life better, smarter, and richer. Research into energy and money saving home activities is my hobby and passion. I'm also investing in it for the future. This is my journey in helping us all.

Rebuilt the Swiftsure Energy Services Website

Inviting you to stop by Swiftsure Energy Services to see what you think of the new site. While it looks very similar, we have updated the engines and things work much better. Plus, it works on all platforms such as … Continue reading

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NGBS Scoring Tool Overview (Part B)

This update will cover Chapter 6 of the NGBS standard. The chapter is focused on Resource Efficiency. Resource efficiency is also about reducing jobsite waste. Creating an effective construction waste management plan and taking advantage of available recycling facilities and … Continue reading

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NGBS Scoring Tool Overview (Part A)

As discussed, this will go through the NGBS Scoring tool. You’ll be able to get a better understanding over the next several posts as to how the NGBS tools works, some of the technical aspects of entering data, and how best … Continue reading

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Understanding the National Green Building Standard

Here at Swiftsure Energy Services, we are proud to announce that in addition to ENERGY STAR and RESNet certifications, we are now able to qualify projects using the NGBS Standard published by NAHB. Don’t worry, I’ll explain those terms next. … Continue reading

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Urban NW Homes Fully Adopts Energy Savings

Recently, we did an audit on one of the properties of Urban HW Homes and I shared with you the results of the HERS Test. The home scored a 90 on the HERS index. This score is expected for a … Continue reading

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New Construction Home Energy Auditing

Swiftsure Energy Services has been VERY busy over the past month or so. I’m catching my breath and want to let you all know about some wonderful work being done in our local area. Recently, our friends at UrbanNW Homes … Continue reading

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Nancy Pelosi Visits Portland, Tours Energy-Efficient Home

The Clean Energy Works program in Portland recently got some extra press as Nancy Pelosi came to town for a visit and a tour of a local home. As a advocate for green forms of energy savings, I’m a fan … Continue reading

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