From WaPo: How to get the real estate market to properly value green homes

Read more from the Washington Post here, or review the excerpt below: From installing rooftop solar panels to putting in new triple pane windows and EnergyStar appliances, people today make all kinds of home upgrades that save energy and lower their utility bills. But when they opt to sell their “green” home, it’s often less than clear…

City of Woodland’s New Housing for Agricultural Workers First Multi-Family to Receive DOE Zero Energy Ready Certification

After housing, energy costs in utility bills are often farmworkers’ biggest expense. A new 62-unit multi-family housing project in the City of Woodland has succeeded in cutting its residents’ bills – while also achieving the first multi-family Zero Energy Ready Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to learn more about the…

EmPower Santa Barbara County expands to include all of the Central Coast

The residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy offerings of EmPower Program, administered by Santa Barbara County and previously limited to use by County residents and businesses, is expanding to Ventura and San Luis Obispo (more…)

Retrofit California Program Final Report: Successes, Best Practices and Lessons Learned Across 9 Different Pilot Program Types

Retrofit California is a program of 24 pilot projects that sought to develop and test new program models to increase participation in the energy upgrade market in California. The Program’s pilot work was conducted between 2010 and mid-2013 and funded through a $30 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Department…

Commercial Building Energy Efficiency 101: U.S. Department of Energy Video

Looking for resources to share with your jurisdiction’s commercial partners on the opportunities and the value of commercial building energy efficiency? Take a look at the U.S. Department of Energy video, below. The video provides a quick description of how the whole building approach to new buildings can save up to 70% of a building’s…

USDOE Publication: Partnering with Utilities and Other Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Program Administrators

See a new publication featuring best practices and case studies in partnering on energy programs, available on USDOE’s website here. Among the case studies featured is the utility-local government partnership, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch.

Amador County Building Improvements Save Energy and Money

Amador County has leveraged funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to implement heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements and lighting upgrades in its facilities, saving tax payers. Per the California Energy Commission (CEC)’s press release: More than 600 interior lights were retrofitted at the county jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office,…
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