5 Reasons to Consider Grid-Tied Residential Solar

This is a guest post by Monica Gomez.

Grid-tied solar energy for residential homes is an easy, affordable, and clean way to generate energy from the sun to power a home. While the sun remains a constant figure in the sky, electricity bills seem to rise each year as buying electricity from the local electric company gets more and more expensive. With grid-tied solar energy, consumers pay a fixed rather than variable price for electricity. While this is reason enough to jump on board the solar wagon, here are five other interesting facts about grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar energy that you may not know.

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WegoWise's Top 5 Links for Better Energy Use

Looking for better ways to cut spending and increase energy efficiency in your home? WegoWise has you covered with our updated better energy use links! We took a look at reducing energy consumption and getting the energy we do use from better sources- and here's what we've found:

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Oh, the places you'll go

WegoWise turns five years old today.

Anniversaries and birthdays are important. They're an excuse to pause for a moment and reflect; to take stock of the past and appreciate the present.

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BERDO: Complying with Boston's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

Boston and Cambridge are requiring building owners to benchmark their energy and water use in 2015. BERDO and BEUDO will help their respective cities meet significant greenhouse gas reduction goals over the next few years. Buildings in Boston account for 70% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, and that statistic is even higher in Cambridge at 80% . That is more than double the emissions from the transportation sector!

 

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Tenant Utility Tracking in Multifamily Residential Buildings

For a multifamily apartment building, creating an accurate benchmark of utility consumption can be hampered by inability to access data from tenant-paid spaces.  In order to track and analyze the way that a building is using water and energy, a property owner or manager must reach out to tenants, requesting usage histories for the spaces they occupy.

Whole-building electricity usage (kWh/sf) involves both common-area usage (green) and tenant-usage.  Note how the vast majority of usage comes from tenant-spaces, and that the least-efficient tenant here (yellow) uses more than triple the electricity as the most efficient (dark blue).

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6 Window Treatments that Lower Energy Costs

Besides contributing to the design aesthetic and general coziness of a room, window treatments help minimize heat transfer from windows. Drapes, blinds, shutters and shades can all block sunlight from heating up the house on hot days and keep warm or cool air from escaping through leaky windows. Some materials do a better job than others.

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Building Energy Disclosure Laws: The WegoWise Guide

Deadlines for several building energy disclosure laws are right around the corner. April 1 is the deadline for San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA.  New York City and Cambridge, MA are coming up on May 1, with Boston, MA on May 15. Are you impacted by these compliance laws? This quick reference guide to energy disclosure laws gives you an overview of current policies, deadlines, and fines so you can be prepared (and even sign up for our compliance service).

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