Peter's Blog

Thoughts on energy efficiency, the business of home performance, growing a company and other potentially random topics from Energy Circle's CEO & Founder, Peter Troast.

Dewitt Kimball at the Mallett House, Maine

The Legacy of DeWitt Kimball

Our friend and Energy Circle client, DeWitt Kimball, died last week after a lionhearted, fearless and very personal fight against esophageal cancer. I was privileged to have been one of his caregivers, and had some indelible conversations with... Read more

The Business of the Healthy Home
The nexus of healthy homes and home performance continues to be at the forefront of our industry’s hope for the future. But, for all the cheery prognostication (including my own), serious effort by smart people, real progress on credentialing, and general optimism, we are failing to focus on the... Read more
Energy Circle | 10 Reasons Why Google Home Service Ads are A Mistake
This was hard to write. We have a long relationship with Google. Their ad products are vital to the success of our industry. We have anxiously awaited the new Home Services Ads product and were excited to purchase them for our clients. But in the week or so that Google’s Home Service Ads (HSAs)... Read more
Peter Troast Receiving the 2015 BPI Tony Woods Award

I am deeply touched and honored to have received the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry. Unfortunately, Tony passed away before I had a chance to meet him, but I have the good fortune today of working with companies that were his legacy. People who knew... Read more

Adventures in Hiring at Energy Circle | Peter's Blog | Energy Circle
The team at Energy Circle doubled in 2014, and we will continue to expand our capabilities in 2015.We think our mission of addressing energy use and carbon contribution of the built environment is urgent and critically important, and we also think that Energy Circle is an awfully special place to... Read more
Energy Circle Year in Review 2014 | Peter's Blog | Energy Circle
It’s been a heckuva year for us at Energy Circle. Our team doubled in size. Our clients now span 49 states. We dramatically expanded our in-house development team and launched an amazing new platform that, in combination with a proven mix of marketing tactics, is crushing it for contractors.... Read more