April 2016 Blog Posts (11)

The “Biggest Loser:” Michigan Multifamily Building Upgraded by Elevate Energy and Partners Wins 2015 MI Battle of the Buildings

A 15 year-old affordable housing development in downtown Ionia, Michigan won the 2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy saving competition for apartments.  Building upgrades and subsequent systems optimization to the 39-unit complex were completed in April 2015. Through March 2016, these upgrades have cut gas…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 29, 2016 at 11:37am — No Comments

   The humidity levels in your home can actually play a large role in the health of you and your family. Ideally you will want to maintain the humidity between 40 and 60 percent. Anything above 60 pe…

   The humidity levels in your home can actually play a large role in the health of you and your family. Ideally you will want to maintain the humidity between 40 and 60 percent. Anything above 60 percent can lead to increase sickness, increase allergies, increase chemical reactions, and much more.

   One of the harmfuly effects of high humidity is the increase spreading of airborne sickness throughout your home. This is due to the fact that higher humidity leads to a higher survival…

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Added by Kit Yturralde on April 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Energy Raters and Builders Raise the Bar for Home Performance at RESNET’s Building Performance Conference

RESNET convened its Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale this March, a hospitable time of year in the Arizona desert. I roamed the sessions, and a few of the bars, to keep abreast of developments in home energy rating and performance. 

2016 PRIORITIES: IMPROVING QUALITY AND LOWERING COSTS OF HOME BUILDING 

The many young attendees wearing new company jerseys at this year’s conference were a sign that the energy-rating business, at least for new homes,…

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Added by Tom White on April 25, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways Your Business Can Promote Awareness on Earth Day

Earth day is tomorrow, April 22nd. The American Business industry, and capitalism in general, has a long standing history of looking out for number one, with many businesses looking to stomp out competitors, disregarding their impact on the rest of the world. But you can be the exception! Not only will you be doing something good, but you’ll gain respect from potential customers for doing so. Here’s five ways to promote awareness…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on April 21, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Roof Top Panels

I went up on the roof to deal with two small leaks which had resumed again with the recent storms. I found our PV solar panels to be extra clean and decided to get a close up shot of them.

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Added by Lars olsen on April 18, 2016 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Millennials Want to Take Part in Clean Energy Initiatives, But...



One of the biggest praises that you see given to Millennials is that they are leading the charge in the green energy movement, that they are concerned with the environment and the state of the planet, and that they are determined to instigate changes that better the rest of the world. The…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on April 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Customer Savings Top $15 Million on ComEd’s Hourly Pricing

Huge savings alert!

Over 10,500 customers on ComEd’s Hourly Pricing electric rate have collectively saved $15 million on their bills compared with what they would have paid on ComEd’s standard fixed price rate. The rate option is available to all ComEd customers with a smart meter, which ComEd is currently installing for its nearly 4 million customers. Since the program started in 2007, Hourly Pricing participants have…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 8, 2016 at 11:32am — No Comments

Build Resilient. Build Green. Be Sustainable.

    Building Resilient to Withstand Hurricanes

“Concrete homes and safe rooms are a proven way to keep people safe during a high wind storm,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. “These resilient buildings not only provide safety, but peace of mind when the next…

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Added by Karen Eppright on April 7, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Increasing Home Value Through Energy Upgrades

It turns out that one of the most valuable remodeling options is one you can’t see. That’s the conclusion of the recent Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, which compares the average cost for popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale value in 100 different U.S. markets. For…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Energy Fit: Engaging Consumer Experiences That Lead to Better Energy Habits

Fitness wearables inspire people to change; to exercise more in order to meet their daily goals. These sophisticated gadgets gather previously untapped data about our everyday lives to give us a better understanding of ourselves – otherwise known as the “quantified self.”

Like fitness wearables, exposing how we’re using energy can unlock our collective potential to reduce our electricity bills and our…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

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