Building Energy Disclosure Laws: The WegoWise Guide

Building energy policy is gaining momentum across the country. Heading into 2015, more and more states, cities, and municipalities are passing legislation requiring government, commercial and multifamily buildings to disclose, rate and benchmark energy and water usage. For each regional program, there are unique building size and type requirements as well as different disclosure procedures. This quick reference compliance guide to energy disclosure laws gives you with an overview of current policies and looks at which jurisdictions will be passing new laws soon.

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Winter’s here: Don’t hibernate, INSULATE!

With winter upon us, many people are turning the heat on and UP. Heat is a great creature comfort but huge utility bills are a drag. You don't have to live in Buffalo or Minneapolis to recognize the burden of increased gas, oil, propane and electric usage on your budget - our friends in sunny Florida even feel the this financial pain in the heart of winter. Want to save heat and money this year? Knowing the proper amount of insulation for your neck of the woods is the first step.

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Peer-to-Peer Benchmarking, Elevators, Revolving Doors and Merry-Go-Rounds

Ever wonder how WegoWise came up with its peer-to-peer energy benchmarks? Well, today’s your lucky day. We’ll show you our benchmarking basics and some interesting background info too - like how elevators and revolving doors play into the efficiency equation. By the time you're through, you'll understand how energy benchmarking can ultimately help you step off the inefficiency merry-go-round!

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Making Big Utility Data Dance and Sing

At WegoWise, we love data, and we think it deserves a better reputation than dry and lifeless. Can it dance and sing? It sings in the sense that it can give building owners valuable information on energy savings, sure. But dance? Over at our microsite, data.wegowise.com, it does in fact do a little shimmying. That's the "playground" where we bring to life the data research from over three million utility bills from more than 24,000 buildings around the country.

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Being Thankful AND Energy-Conscious

As we celebrate all that we’re thankful in the coming weeks, let’s keep energy efficiency in mind too - not only as it relates to the bigger issue of climate change, but our individual lifestyles as well.  As a culture, we can step it up by adopting a few responsible habits across the board: while entertaining, while cooking, and even when it comes to burning off those extra holiday calories.  So as you gear up for a season filled perhaps with some overindulgence, take a moment to bake energy-consciousness into your lifestyle. And your holiday pie.

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Greening NYC’s Buildings: Mayor de Blasio's 2015 Energy Plan

New York City plans to reduce its environmental impact by cracking down on energy "inefficiency" in public and private buildings. Spearheaded by Mayor Bill de Blasio, One City, Built to Last is an aggressive 2015 energy plan which includes the long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2050 from 2005 levels.

Since taking office, de Blasio has focused on the issue of citywide income inequalities and this new plan ties into that, as long-term savings will likely be realized by lower-income residents. These residents typically pay more for energy due to the inefficiency of the buildings they live in, but the new plan aims to change all that. Helping lower-income residents, plus environmental benefits...what's not to love? As a building owner, here's what you need to know about One City, Built to Last and how it may impact you.

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Performing M&V When You Have Solar

If you’ve installed solar panels as part of a building upgrade, congratulations!  But as you're patting yourself on the back, you may also be wondering "How do I show the savings from that retrofit?"  Without solar, it’s a pretty straightforward look at pre- and post-retrofit usage. But solar throws a wrench into that.  You likely now have a net meter and a utility bill with new line items that don’t make a lot of sense - kWh received, kWh delivered, net metering credit, etc. What's it all mean and can you gain any valuable insight from all these numbers?

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Energy Efficient States: The Winners and Losers

Energy efficiency has become a central issue in many states and several have begun implementing efficiency programs across their utilities, transportation codes, and state government initiatives. Not only are these policies good for the environment, but they also help property owners cut costs.

Utilities are one of the biggest expenses for building owners, so efficiency programs, state legislature around energy use, and municipal and state compliance rules shouldn’t be viewed as red tape, but instead a win-win for everyone.

Now the question is, how does your state measure up?

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Why You Can't Just Google "Average Energy Use"

GOOGLE...It's everyone's go-to for finding answers to any questions we may ponder. And I admit, I'm guilty of relying on Google as the ultimate authority. This reliance has even impacted our memories to the extent that psychologists have coined it the Google Effect.  But as a building energy enthusiast, how many times have you searched for a simple "average energy use" number only to find outdated case studies or appliance-specific averages? In a world where we expect simple and immediate answers, why is it so difficult to Google the "average energy use" for a building? Today we help answer what Google can't.

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