Tag: retrofits


In my last post about Connecticut’s clean energy finance efforts, I alluded to an important innovation in their Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) financing program for commercial properties. PACE programs have been in place for several years, and the basic Read more…


A vast gap exists between the detailed information financial institutions need to support energy efficiency financing and the limited data they currently have. Several examples suggest these loan programs can succeed, but there are no large datasets supporting investment in Read more…


How do you consume electricity in your home? For many households, this isn’t a question often considered. The question “How much do you spend on electricity?” resonates more with households and bill payers. Most people need an easy and actionable Read more…


One of my least favorite things to do is go grocery shopping. I’m usually there at the worst times (right after work, along with the rest of the population of Vancouver), I usually forget my list (and subsequently all the Read more…


One important component of our energy policy is to provide American families with the tools that they need to make choices that will reduce costs and save energy.  Every time families fill up their gas tanks or look at their Read more…


You might think by this headline that I’m about to rant about the news regarding energy efficiency policy that was circulating last week. President Obama outlined a plan called the Better Buildings Initiative to incentivize energy efficiency in commercial buildings Read more…


Rocky Mountain Institute, a leading think tank that engages with the building, energy, and transportation sectors to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources, recently launched a groundbreaking website to accelerate the retrofit industry in the United States. Through Read more…


Although Latin America boasts a number of the world’s largest urban areas, green building in Latin America has lagged far behind its counterparts north of the Rio Grande. The green building market in Latin America is an early-stage market in Read more…


The key is to find upgrades and retrofits that will achieve a quick payback by lowering energy costs, qualifying for rebates and taking advantage of utility programs for free energy audits and innovative payment options.


With the recent surge in money going towards renewable energy research and implementation, many people are forgetting a key factor in reducing our impact on the environment, energy efficiency. Focusing on retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficient upgrades first is key to combating climate change. It not only saves energy it improves the viability of renewable energy generation.

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