Protecting your Water Pipes Year-Round

If you own a building of any kind, you know that upkeep can be very costly at times. Electrical, plumbing, heating, and hot water systems all require a regular amount of attention if they are to stay functioning properly and efficiently. One of the best things a property owner or manager can do is to prevent these costly accidents from happening.

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Water and Energy Management [Free Download]

Want to get a grasp on utility spending at your organization? Are you constantly trying to figure out how to prioritize buildings for retrofits and upgrades?

Our guide, "Getting Started with Water and Energy Management" gives you everything you need to get going. Dig in!

Getting Started With Water and Energy Management

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New Apps that Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

There seems to be an app for everything nowadays. Even with over 350,000 apps in the Apple App Store, it can be hard to find one that will actually add value to your life. Luckily, there's good news for anyone looking to reduce his or her carbon footprint. There has been a new wave of extremely useful energy apps that can do anything from track your daily energy consumption to find the most efficient light bulbs to buy for your home.

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Championing Energy Efficiency: World Cup Edition

The FIFA World Cup is now in full swing and with it comes a whirlwind of excitement and controversy. Most of us have probably heard about the protests and riots that took place leading up to the event, as well as the trumped up economic benefits of hosting such a prestigious event. Many Brazilians are upset with the amount of public money being spent on hosting the tournament and feel that the government has not spent their money responsibly.

Questions of corruption and spending aside, FIFA has stepped up big time this year in managing the carbon footprint of the event. The 2014 World Cup is being held in twelve different cities across Brazil and the carbon footprint that comes with orchestrating such a spectacle is no joke. FIFA is eager to set a positive example on such a large stage and has made great strides in reducing its carbon emissions.

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The Spread of a Utility Program

Our data wizard, John Rutherford, is at it again! He's created another visualization for data.wegowise, which highlights data collected during the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) Benchmarking Inventory. Back in 2010, WegoWise partnered with LEAN to benchmark the energy usage for 75% of the affordable housing in Massachusetts. The benchmarks allowed LEAN to target the most inefficient buildings for upgrades, potentially saving 1800 GBTU of gas and electric energy per year if all buildings became as efficient as the top quartile. That is the energy equivalent of lighting up Fenway Park for 67 years! 

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10 U.S. Cities Work Together to Improve Building Energy Efficiency

 As concerns about climate change and energy pollution continue to grow, 10 major cities have teamed up with the City Energy Project (CEP) in a national effort to improve building efficiency.

Buildings, especially big ones, make up the majority of energy use and carbon pollution in cities. If the U.S. building stock were considered a separate nation, it would take third place for the most energy intensive country in the world. Clearly, buildings provide an excellent opportunity for us to cut back on energy usage. 

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Potential Water Savings

This Friday, we're bringing you one of John Rutherford's creations from Data.WegoWise. Here, John uses WegoWise data to extrapolate water savings in Massachusetts and California if the efficiency of the building stock were improved by a certain percentage. (Your pick!)  For instance, if all MA apartments functioned at the efficiency of the top 20%, we could expect to save 1,468 million gallons of water a month. That's 3.2 Gillette Stadiums!!

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