AREVS Presents HEAT at New York Energy Week Cleantech Startups Showcase

AREVS presents HEAT at New York Energy Week 2014

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2014
Queensbury, NY —

AREVS: American Residential Energy Verification System announces its participation in the New York Energy Week Cleantech Startups Showcase. AREVS Co-Founder Dean Durst will present a poster and discuss the new Heating Energy Assessment Tool (HEAT). .

HEAT is a home energy performance software tool that yields extremely accurate home energy ratings and future heating and cooling costs. HEAT can be used with data from one heating season utility bill. No physical inspection of the premises or tools are necessary. This allows both off site and en masse ratings of the national and international housing stock.

New York Energy Week is an annual professional conference for the energy industry. Founded by EnerKnol, an energy research and data company, New York Energy Week brings together energy and finance industry executives, thought leaders, and policy makers to discover solutions to today’s energy challenges.

“Our invitation to poster at the New York Energy Week Cleantech Startups Showcase is a great opportunity to present HEAT to business leaders and policymakers as a solution to the problem of accurately measuring home heating energy efficiency, and valuing homes based on that energy efficiency,” said Durst. “HEAT is the most accurate tool available for evaluating the total cost of energy in the PITI+E home ownership equation. Without knowing annual energy costs, homeowners and lenders don’t know how much home they can afford, and utility and incentive program managers don’t know the real world results of their energy efficiency improvements. HEAT is the only tool that makes all of this data available throughout the US.”

Rising energy costs and a fast paced residential housing market mean that sellers, buyers, brokers, lenders, and program managers need to accurately value home energy consumption, costs, upgrade work, and efficiency. HEAT is the only performance based home energy rating software on the market. It will be available for professional and personal use at https://arevs.us/HEAT.php in July.

The New York Energy Week Cleantech Startups Showcase will be held on Wednesday, June 18th at the New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor, New York, NY, at 5:30 P.M.

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Keep cool this summer: easy tips for everyone

We’re ready to put a long winter behind us, but we also want to harness some of that cold air for the dog days of summer. For many people, air conditioning is the beginning and end of the story. But air conditioning is just one of the ways that you and your family can keep cool this summer.

Happy Family, by Guirec Maugat.

The real key for keeping cool is to keep air moving throughout your home. Here’s how to keep cool this summer: easy tips for everyone to try.

  • If you can, open the windows to let air into your home. Not only will this help you become acclimated to warmer temperatures, but the air circulating through your rooms will help keep them cool.
  • Use a floor fan or table fan to pull air into your home. Strategically placed fans away from windows will move air deeper into a room, helping air circulation.
  • Install a ceiling fan in your bedroom to help you sleep more comfortably, and another in your living room to keep your family cool during the dog days of summer.
  • Tune up your air conditioner. The average air conditioner uses as much as 500 watts of electricity during the cooling season. In many parts of the country, August and September are hotter than July! Older or inefficient models will use more, costing you more this summer.

Air conditioner tips and tricks

Even if a new air conditioner isn’t in your budget, there are steps you can take to improve your current model’s performance.

Air Conditioner by HomeSpot HQ

One painless step is to raise your thermostat’s temperature during the day. Why pay to cool the air if no one is at home? Just a two degree increase can save big money each year.

You can do this manually, or install a programmable thermostat. There are many models available, from a basic digital timer to advanced “learning” thermostats that adapt to the way you live in your home.

If you’re not sure where to begin, a certified home performance professional can help you rate your home’s energy efficiency and find the best deals for your wallet and your home. They can help you determine the right size and model air conditioner for you and your home, take advantage of rebates and incentive programs, and make sure your home is performing at its peak.

What’s new at AREVS?

Normally our blog posts are abut how to save energy at home, energy efficiency, and how to make your home more energy efficient. Some of our favorites, like “Do you live energy efficiency?” are quick and easy steps everyone can take today to cut energy costs. (Tip: if you find blog posts like that useful, sign up for our home energy performance newsletter. Twice a month we’ll send you our best tips and ideas on how to maximize your home’s energy performance.) This week we want to bring you up to speed.

What’s new at AREVS:

We’re proud to be part of the Cleantech Open startup accelerator Class of 2014. Cleantech Open is the world’s largest accelerator and business competition for cleantech startups, providing access to capital, mentoring, and networking events.

We’re using our time in the accelerator to build, test, and launch our next product: the Heating Energy Assessment Tool. HEAT is a revolutionary new way to understand dome heating energy consumption and costs. And after the winter we’ve all been through, taming heating costs through energy efficiency is more important than ever.

More than simply reporting home heating costs, HEAT gives renters, homeowners, and professionals an easy to understand A-F HEAT Grade for each home and family’s energy efficiency. The HEAT Grade is proof of home performance, and a tool everyone can use to get the most out of their home.

HEAT will launch in July on our website and on partner sites, making HEAT available for every existing home in America: 128 million homes in all 50 states!

Dean Durst presents AREVS at New York Energy Week This week our Co-founder Dean Durst was invited to present a poster at the New York Energy Week Cleantech Startup Showcase. The Showcase featured “40 of the most innovative and exciting cleantech companies developing groundbreaking, carbon-reducing technologies.” Dean created a good buzz about HEAT and we’re excited about the new opportunities that came out of Dean’s presentation.

What’s next from AREVS?

We’re working hard to bring HEAT to more residential and professional customers in the coming months. We’re improving our algorithms to make our tools, the AREVS Home Energy Performance Calculator and the new Heating Energy Assessment Tool, the most accurate home energy performance software on the market. And we’ve got great ideas for new products and services for renters, homeowners, landlords, and professionals.

Subscribing to our home energy performance newsletter is a great way to find out what’s new at AREVS, and to get our best money saving tips for your home, family, and colleagues.

You can also Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on Google+ and LinkedIn. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Press release: AREVS Joins Cleantech Open Northeast Startup Accelerator Class of 2014

AREVS joins Cleantech Open startup accelerator Class of 2014For Immediate Release
June 16, 2014. Queensbury, NY —

AREVS: American Residential Energy Verification System announces its acceptance into the Cleantech Open Northeast 2014 US Accelerator. Cleantech Open is the world’s largest accelerator and business competition for cleantech startups, providing access to capital, mentoring, and networking events. The Northeast Region Class of 2014 is a cohort of 38 companies in 7 states.

AREVS joins the Class of 2014 to help launch its newest product, the Heating Energy Assessment Tool (HEAT). HEAT is a home energy performance software tool that yields extremely accurate home energy ratings and future heating and cooling costs. HEAT can be used with data from one heating season utility bill. No physical inspection of the premises or tools are necessary. This allows both off site and en masse ratings of the national and international housing stock.

“Participating in the Cleantech Open accelerator means that we will launch HEAT as a stronger product, to a wider market,” said AREVS Co-Founder Dean Durst. “Home energy efficiency is in everyone’s interest and Cleantech Open will help us provide accurate, actionable home energy ratings and cost projections to businesses and homeowners across the country.”

Cleantech Open is the is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator and is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch a successful cleantech company,” according to the organization. “Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges… Over the past seven years, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and services. During that time, our 880 alumni companies have raised more than $1 billion in external funding.”

Rising energy costs and a fast paced residential housing market mean that sellers, buyers, brokers, and lenders need to accurately value home energy consumption, costs, and efficiency. HEAT is the only performance based home energy rating software on the market. It will be available for professional and personal use at https://arevs.us/HEAT.php in July.

AREVS: American Residential Energy Verification System logo

HEAT: Heating Energy Assessment Tool logo

 

 

 

 

Contact:
Dean Durst, Co-Founder and CEO
dean@arevs.us
https://arevs.us/

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Windows and Doors

Upgrading your home’s windows and doors with newer products can increase your home energy efficiency, and make your family more comfortable year round. But what products are right for your home?

Types of glazing

Energy Star rated windows use transparent low-E (low emissivity) coatings to improve the insulating properties of the glass. Better insulation means less heat escapes in the winter, and less cool air escapes in the summer.

When a professional replaces your windows and doors he will also replace the air sealing around the frames, helping to keep your energy costs down and your comfort level up.

Are upgraded windows and doors the right choice for you? Get your home’s full energy assessment today: it’s fast and accurate and will give you actionable information to take the next step. Click here to use your assessment data and save even more time.

Want more ideas on how to save money on your home energy costs? Just sign up for our Home Energy Performance Newsletter. It’s full of the information and ideas you need to make your home less expensive to operate and more comfortable – and healthier – to live in.

Air sealing with caulk

Air sealing is one of the most important – and effective – steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. One easy do it yourself project is air sealing with caulk.

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Caulk is a flexible sealant applied over joints and gaps in your home: between your shower and the floor, for example, or between the window frame and the window. When you seal these spaces you keep air from leaking outside your home, and your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature.

Is air sealing with caulk the right choice for you? Get your home’s full energy assessment today: it’s fast and accurate and will give you actionable information to take the next step. Click here to use your assessment data and save even more time.

Want more ideas on how to save money on your home energy costs? Just sign up for our Home Energy Performance Newsletter. It’s full of the information and ideas you need to make your home less expensive to operate and more comfortable – and healthier – to live in.

Air sealing

Have you ever noticed a draft in your house, especially around the windows and doors, or the baseboards? These drafts are caused by air moving from one part of your home to another. That means your heated or cooled air is leaking out, costing you money on your energy bills every month. . How can you stop air leakage?

Air sealing is one of the most effective home improvement projects for increasing your home’s energy efficiency, and making your family healthier and more comfortable.

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Reducing air leakage between the inside and outside of your home will keep warm air inside in the winter, and cool air in during the summer. Effective air sealing may also keep moisture, insects, and pests from invading your home. When you seal these spaces you keep air from leaking outside your home, and your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature.

Is improved air sealing the right choice for you? Get your home’s full energy assessment today: it’s fast and accurate and will give you actionable information to take the next step. Click here to use your assessment data and save even more time.

Want more ideas on how to save money on your home energy costs? Just sign up for our Home Energy Performance Newsletter. It’s full of the information and ideas you need to make your home less expensive to operate and more comfortable – and healthier – to live in.

What do the new EPA rules on greenhouse gas emissions mean for consumers?

New federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions published this week by the Environmental Protection Agency are designed to reduce the U. S. greenhouse gas emissions level by “30% from their 2005 level,” according to a Wall Street Journal report. This reduction will bring U. S. emissions well under the nonbonding Copenhagen Agreement of 2009, when the U. S. pledged to reduce emissions by 17% of the 2005 level.

According to the Wall Street Journal,

A big factor in the EPA’s cost forecast: successful energy-efficiency programs. These can include steps consumers take, such as more energy-efficient refrigerators, and programs utilities pay for, such as giving companies credits for shifting power use to periods of low demand.

Emphasizing home energy efficiency can be effective in controlling greenhouse gas emissions because reduced demand on utilities to generate electricity should lead to reduced emissions that are a product of electricity generation.

The new EPA rules on greenhouse gas emissions place the burden of compliance on each state, which must develop its own emissions target plan for EPA approval. This will put the states that have invested in renewable and clean energy ahead of others – in particular the states that rely on coal, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Iowa, for example, has invested $10 billion to generate 28% of its electricity from wind.

What do the new EPA rules mean for consumers?

  • Higher home energy costs. Utilities will need to invest in equipment and employees o comply with the new federal rules. These costs will be passed along to consumers in the form of surcharges, taxes, and rate hikes.
  • Higher prices on manufactured goods. Labor intensive durable goods from home appliances to cars and trucks will rise in price as manufacturers invest in their factories to comply with new federal rules.
  • More jobs for hard hit industries like construction, industrial manufacturing, home performance, HVAC, and energy. Complying with new federal rules will require businesses to invest in tools, equipment, and training for their current and future workers.
  • Lower home energy costs – eventually. Utilities will raise prices in the short term to cover the expenses of complying with new federal rules. But home energy efficiency will lower energy costs for homeowners, renters, and landlords in the long run. By consuming less electricity, households will reduce their energy costs.

Energy costs the average American household more than $2,000 each year. Those costs are anticipated to rise over the next few years as the new federal rules come into effect. But home energy efficiency can reduce those costs for everyone, whether you own or rent your home.