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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How any city can replicate the success of the Ann Arbor Municipal Energy Fund

How do you feel about the idea of lowering your operating cost? We all know that becoming more "Green" can help save our planet, but the problem is that these sustainability projects have high start-up costs. This is often the reason why municipalities and cities don't bother becoming more efficient. The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan on the other hand, has created a way in which "going green" can pay for itself.

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A 2014 Green Button Status Update

Who owns your utility data?

It's been a few years since we addressed the concept of ownership of utility data on our blog. Unfortunately, not much has changed: the question of who has rights to it, the consumer or the utility, still remains. Plus, as a consumer, access to quality information about your utility usage is not guaranteed. In cases where it is, getting hold of it can be a hassle, and sharing your usage info with a third party can get even more complicated. With data at the core of our business, this is something we're always thinking about at WegoWise.

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Making Intelligent Efficiency a Core Driver of the Real Estate Market

The building efficiency field has never been as promising and full of opportunities as it is today.

The proliferation of energy disclosure laws and rating systems has brought greater understanding of the potential savings embedded in our built environment. The price volatility of energy and water, as well as greater awareness of the economic externalities associated with their consumption, further highlights resource efficiency as a pressing issue.

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Better Buildings Challenge Expands to Multi-Family Portfolios

As part of the US Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, a summit was held on May 7th to discuss new energy efficient technologies and sustainable business practices. The summit featured a variety of business and residential organizations who demonstrated new techniques for how they would decrease energy consumption across their building portfolios.

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