HUD Releases New Utility Allowance Guidelines

If you own or manage affordable housing, you’re probably wondering what the new utility allowance guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mean for you. Currently HUD has annual utility outlays exceeding $6 billion per year. These guidelines will aid HUD in exploring methods to decrease utility spending and property operating costs, as well as improve water and energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing (most notably, project-based Section 8).

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Options for Monitoring Energy Usage

Excessive utility usage can often go unnoticed without an effective method for tracking. Tracking the energy and water usage in your multifamily building(s) is a good way to spot potential problems and it’s good for your bottom line! There are many ways a property manager or owner can track utility usage, each with different benefits and downsides. Some of the pros and cons of 4 different tracking methods are evaluated below.

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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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