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Three Ways Property Owners Can Reduce Energy Use and Costs

Here are three ways for property owners, managers, and residents to save energy, lower utility costs, and reduce greenhouse gases. Strategy #1: Energy Upgrades Installing energy upgrade measures to an existing property, especially one built prior to 1980, can yield…

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Energy Saving Tips to Prepare for Winter

The seasonal changes may be subtle in San Diego, there are still simple steps you and your residents can take to save energy and keep utility bills from escalating. Encourage residents to conserve energy inside their apartment homes: Encourage your…

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Performance Benchmarking Just Got Easier!

When Governor Brown signed AB802 in October 2015, California became the first state in the nation with a requirement to make energy data more accessible to multifamily property owners for benchmarking purposes. AB802 changes the requirements for utilities when releasing building performance…

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Make the Most of Your Energy Efficiency Investment Through Proper Operations and Maintenance

Making energy efficient upgrades to your property is the first step to saving energy, but without educating building maintenance staff and residents on proper equipment usage, maintenance and operation, only a portion of the potential energy savings will be realized….

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Market Signs Indicate Energy Efficiency Becoming a Top Priority

Industry leaders have identified three trends sending energy efficiency to the top of the priority list for owners and managers who want to keep their properties competitive in the marketplace. 1) California demands it Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is a new buzz…

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Is Your Community Prepared for an Influx of Plug-in Electric Vehicles?

The San Diego region is about 10 percent of the state. If Governor Brown’s goal is reached of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025, our region could see 150,000 on our streets. It’s not a question of…

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Community HousingWorks Honored with Award for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

The San Diego Housing Federation held their Annual Ruby Awards on June 2, 2016 to honor those individuals and organizations who work diligently to address the issue of providing decent affordable housing. An important component in achieving affordability is ensuring…

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Vantage Pointe Completes Retrofit

Built in 2009, Vantage Pointe Apartments, a 40-floor, 679-unit high rise building in downtown San Diego recently completed an extensive renovation that included energy efficiency retrofit measures. With the installation of in-unit lighting, outdoor building lighting, corridors and stairwell lighting, building parking garage…

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Early Replacement vs. Scheduled Maintenance?

Oftentimes, financing early replacement of equipment, coupled with incentives now, may prove to be more cost-effective than waiting until a scheduled replacement of equipment or measures. Consider this case study of a two-story, four building, 77-unit style apartment community —…

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Open House: Energy Upgrade California Multifamily Incentives in Action

In 2014, SDG&E selected Grand Villa Apartments, located in Escondido (where high temperatures are common), to become a demonstration property showcasing energy efficiency upgrade measures. SDG&E invested $70,000 into the 41-unit community to assess, model, and install upgrade measures designed…

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