ENERGY STAR – Benchmarking energy use is a first step to assess energy performance and to measure ongoing progress. Using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a building can be benchmarked and compared against similar buildings across the country. The software considers physical and operational characteristics and normalizes for weather patterns. It provides key metrics such as energy intensity and costs, water use and carbon emissions. The ENERGY STAR score is a benchmark that indicates how efficiently buildings use energy on a 1-100 scale.Read More
After we assess your building’s energy usage, we provide feedback so that you can Conserve.
We make recommendations to improve energy efficiency. There may be freebees that are simple fixes. You might even have existing systems that need to be commissioned, or tuned up. Other recommendations may include dimmable lighting retrofits, or installing occupancy sensors and photo cells for daylight harvesting.
We provide a clear financial analysis with costs and ROI calculations and payback periods.
We identify energy efficiency improvements that make financial sense. After all, we are financially experienced and driven.Read More
Managing your energy use. We may recommend a system to Manage the energy demand in your building. Energy consumed at High Peak times are the most expensive, and you may be penalized for the following twelve months.
Time has come to ensure peak loads and energy demand is controlled. Being able to control your energy use is going to be an important component of managing your building’s energy costs. This will require the installation of an Energy Management System.Read More
The new Non-Residential Energy Use Disclosure Law
AB 1103 is a new regulation that requires building owners of non-residential buildings throughout the state to disclose their building’s energy use in advance of major financial transactions. These transactions include: the sale, lease or financing of the entire building or buildings. Buildings with residential components are not subject to the requirements.
With AB1103, energy usage is assessed using the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portfolio Manager software (www.energystar.gov). This software compares the building’s usage to similar buildings across the country, with consideration of weather patterns, physical and operational characteristics. Buildings…Read More
With rising energy costs, the advantage of using solar energy is that beyond the initial installation and maintenance, solar energy is 100% free. Fortunately, the cost to install a solar system has dropped significantly. With the help of rebates and a 30% Federal Tax Credit, there is no better time to take advantage of these savings. We have excellent relationships with many solar installers and will project manage your solar project.Read More
Financing: Sources of Capital for Energy Efficiency Improvements:
How do you pay for the energy efficient improvements? We are experts at finding you the money! There are many ways to get funding for your improvements.
1. Utility rebates
2. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program
3. Tax benefits. Yes, they are still around!
4. Investment Tax CreditsRead More
The Green EconoMe team has decades of experience in residential construction. Combined with our knowledge in energy management, we can help you ensure that your home is as comfortable and efficient as possible.Read More
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, means that buildings are built or modified to a certain sustainable criteria. LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
At its core, LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and then must earn credits to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project. Learn more About LEED and about the LEED rating systems. Read More