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Windows and Appliances Top the List for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in 2015

With the goal of improving energy efficiency and increasing resident comfort, San Diego multifamily owners are taking advantage of incentives available through SDG&E’s Energy Upgrade California® Multifamily Program to offset renovation costs and maximize existing budgets. Many upgrades qualify (detailed in…

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Investing in Multifamily Energy Upgrades

by Julianne Summerford, TRC Energy Services (Originally published in Home Energy Magazine, December 2014)     The Top Three Financial Benefits of Energy Efficiency for Multifamily Housing Apartment owners typically do not see energy efficiency as a worthwhile investment. When…

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The Link Between Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency

Reducing Costs for Multifamily Property Owners and Residents California’s drought places water efficiency and conservation at the forefront of maintenance priorities for multifamily property owners.  Rising to this challenge, property owners can reduce operating costs in both water and energy…

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The Team Behind SDG&E’s Multifamily Energy Efficient Community Project Ready to Share Its Success

Earlier this year, 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 plans to invest up to $70,000 into the 41-unit community to assess, model,…

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How Can Energy Efficiency Benefit You and Your Community?

By Nehemiah Stone Energy efficiency is a hot topic in the multifamily housing industry. Day after day, we encourage property owners to install energy-efficient property retrofits in order to “save energy, save money!” However, energy-efficient multifamily property retrofits have benefits…

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Prioritize Your Energy Upgrades to Maximize Your Investment

By Melissa Buckley In what order should I pursue energy efficiency upgrades to get the most bang for my buck? With some forethought and planning, you can incorporate energy efficiency improvements into all types of renovations, and in turn increase…

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Financial Forecast: How to Retrofit Without Refinancing

If you have a long list of improvements to make to your property, and are not sure where to find the funds to support them, you are not alone. New financial strategies can fund multifamily property retrofits outside of a…

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How Water and Energy Saving Measures Will Help You Stop Flushing Money Down the Toilet

Toilets are one of the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Domestic hot water represents roughly 40 percent of a multifamily building’s energy use. When combined…

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EPA Plans Release of ENERGY STAR 1-100 Score for Multifamily Properties

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers the ENERGY STAR® 1-100 score, which allows buildings to compare actual energy performance to similar buildings nationwide. The score assigns a number to each property, building, or site, to indicate how its energy use…

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Energy Upgrade California Leads the Way!

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