Holy Spikes! Have you Checked your Utility Data Recently (or Ever)?

With some of the coldest temperatures and record-setting snowfall pounding the U.S., many building owners are looking closely at their energy usage. Catching energy spikes is important to decrease utility costs, improve ROI/NOI, and prioritize retrofits, but it shouldn't just be done in the dead of winter. See how common utility management issues can be identified at any time of year through energy benchmarking and monitoring.  

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Utility Tracking 101: Three Easy Steps to Get Started

If you recently installed a new boiler in your home and want to figure out how much energy and money you're saving, or if you want to see if that cool new thermostat is helping lower your heating bill, tracking utility data is the first step. After all, you can't manage what you can't measure. Unfortunately, tracking utility data is not as straightforward as it seems and can be a frustrating experience. Let us guide you through your first utility tracking experience and give you the tips needed to avoid common tracking pitfalls. 

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Green Property Management Guide: Updated!

Green property management is important to the health and safety of your tenants. This e-book is an incredible resource for affordable and market rate multifamily housing owners to define and apply green measures within their portfolios. Added bonus? You'll save money, energy, water, and the environment while you're at it!

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Top 5 Links for Snow-pocalypse

Winter storm Juno is bearing down on us, and we're prepping you with some fun links to ride out the storm comfortably, efficiently, and without going stir-crazy from boredom.  Peruse, forward to your coworkers, and share at the parties you're snowshoeing or skiing to this week!

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Ice Dams: Getting to the Root of the Issue

With winter storm season in full swing, it's a good time to think about dealing with recurring and damaging ice dams.  Ice damming is a common issue for multifamily building owners in colder climates, especially in regions that have older building stock. But ice dams are a preventable and solvable problem.

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Top 5 Links For Green Geeks

Fun fact: today is National Pie Day. Enjoy! But if you don't feel like indulging your sweet tooth, instead here are five links that will satisfy your hankering for building science. So peruse away, give some feedback, and be sure to share with friends at this weekend's parties.

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Green Property Management: Cleaning Products for Multifamily Buildings

Multifamily property owners and managers may not realize the impact that cleaning products have on the environment and their tenants. Certain processes and ingredients can significantly impact indoor air quality and the health of residents. It's important (and easy!) to educate yourself and your residents on the benefits of green cleaning.

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America's Most Energy-Efficient State

Although America is not listed as one of the 10 most energy-efficient countries in the world on the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, what it does have are some promising states that could lead the way in making the U.S. more energy efficient. Today, we take a closer look at some U.S. states and see how they are becoming pioneers in energy conservation.

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Free Energy Benchmarking for Affordable Housing!

If you are an owner or manager of affordable, multifamily housing, you know too well that the sector is often overlooked by efficiency programs, despite lacking the financial resources to invest in building improvements. In fact, according to a 2013 study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), reducing electric consumption by 15% and natural gas consumption by 30% (reasonable targets for comprehensive retrofits), the U.S. could save $3.4 billion per year in utility costs in the multifamily and affordable housing stock.

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Investment-Grade Energy Audits 101

An energy audit is an examination of a building for energy efficiency improvement purposes. Through analysis of energy usage, building characteristics, weather data, and the typical usage of the building, an energy audit uncovers energy conservation opportunities.  These measures are then assessed to identify savings and improve the quality of life within the building. See if an investment-grade audit is right for you and explore the alternatives.

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