What is Demand Response?

Demand response is a new way for utility companies and co-ops to deliver power to customers. It has the potential to significantly change the way customers and utilities work together. So what exactly is demand response? Pretty much what it sounds like!

Electricity meter with demand response caption

What you need to know about demand response

Demand response is a way for utility companies and co-ops to more efficiently deliver electricity to homeowners, based on how much electricity is in demand at any given time. Peak demand in the home is in the morning, when we’re all getting ready for work and school, and in the evening, when we all come home to fix dinner, do our household chores, watch TV, or have the neighbors over for a visit.

It’s common sense: when we’re at home we demand more electricity from our utility. When we’re not at home, that level of demand drops. We might only have the HVAC system on, and the usual appliances and electronics humming along in the background. Demand response helps utilities balance that peak demand in the morning and evening with the lower demand in the afternoon and late at night, when we’re out of the house or asleep.

How you can take advantage of demand response

A basic programmable thermostat from Honeywell

Demand response programs may be offered by your utility company or co-op. Check out those inserts in your next utility bill! You may be eligible for real savings every month, just by using your dishwasher and laundry machines in times of lower power demand. Your utility might also offer you “time-based rates,” which can be more or less expensive, per kilowatt-hour, based on the time of day and the demand on the utility’s power generation capabilities. Most time-based rates (they’re also called “peak pricing,” “variable pricing,” “real time pricing,” or similar names) follow the basic law of supply and demand. When demand is high, in the morning and evening, prices are a little bit higher. When demand is low, in the afternoons and late at night, prices will be a little bit lower.

Utilities offer demand based rates to encourage you to use your major appliances, like your dishwasher and laundry machines, at the low-demand times of the day. This can be a win-win situation. . Your utility wins, because they save wear and tear on their equipment. You win because you save money on your electricity costs by using your major appliances in those lower demand times of the day.

What’s next for demand response?

According to the Department of Energy,

The electric power industry considers demand response programs as an increasingly valuable resource option whose capabilities and potential impacts are expanded by grid modernization efforts. For example, sensors can perceive peak load problems and utilize automatic switching to divert or reduce power in strategic places, removing the chance of overload and the resulting power failure. Advanced metering infrastructure expands the range of time-based rate programs that can be offered to consumers and smart customer systems such as in-home displays or home-area-networks can make it easier for consumers to changes their behavior and reduce peak period consumption from information on their power consumption and costs.

Demand response programs are created and managed by utility companies and co-ops. But homeowners, renters, and landlords who choose to participate in utility programs will find real benefits, including saving money on their electricity bills every month.

HEAT: a revolutionary new home energy assessment tool

Understanding home heating energy performance just got a whole lot easier. The new Heating Energy Assessment Tool (HEAT) from AREVS is a RESNET Approved, easy to use web-based application that tells home energy professionals, homeowners, and renters whether or not a home is in need of energy retrofits or upgrades. Using patented algorithms that are normalized for house size and geographical location, and information from its utility bill, HEAT provides a heating energy audit for a home in under 5 minutes. A simple A+ through F grade range gives instant understanding of home heating performance. .

Try it today for free.

Advantages for Professionals:
• A “first line” assessment tool to determine if a home needs further envelope assessment.
• Can be used for performance-based quality assurance verification for homes that have undergone weatherization upgrades.
• Eliminates need for on-site inspections.
• Offers opportunity for en masse initial ratings.
• Pre-qualified leads sent directly to your sales team.
• Use HEAT as a complement to asset-based rating programs.

Advantages for Homeowners:
• Economical and easy to use.
• Information from a single energy bill results in a custom HEAT Assessment in less than 5 minutes.
• Determine energy consumption and costs for heating, air conditioning and hot water.
• Provides an accurate assessment of whether a home is in need of energy retrofits or upgrades.
• Provides an accurate assessment of whether a home is in need of a further envelope assessment from a certified RESNET professional.
• Verify energy savings achieved through weatherization and energy upgrades.
• Know a home’s PITI+E payment: Principal, Interest, Taxes, Insurance, and Energy – the true cost of home ownership.

RESNET is offering both home energy professionals and homeowners a one-time free Heating Energy Assessment to demonstrate how HEAT works. Afterwards, you can purchase a detailed HEAT Rating Report from AREVS with your home’s exact A+ through F alpha grade, unique Energy Rating Number, and heating and cooling fuel consumption and cost data.

Introducing HEAT: Heating Energy Assessment Tool, Powered by AREVS

Introducing HEAT: Heating Energy Assessment Tool, Powered by AREVS
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2014. Queensbury, NY –

AREVS: American Residential Energy Verification System is proud to announce its newest product, the Heating Energy Assessment Tool (HEAT). HEAT is a web-based software application that yields extremely accurate home heating and cooling energy efficiency ratings, and projects annual heating, cooling, and domestic hot water 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.

HEAT is available for personal and professional use immediately. Please visit https://www.arevs.us/HEAT.php for a free demonstration.

HEAT is the ideal first line heating energy assessment app for homeowners and professionals who need to know exact heating and cooling energy consumption and costs,” said Dean Durst, Co-founder and CEO of AREVS. “No other tool is as accurate or easy to use. All you need is one utility bill and 5 minutes to find out how a home is performing, if it needs an asset based energy audit, weatherization upgrades, or retrofit work to improve energy efficiency and lower the home’s operational costs. Understanding a home’s heating energy efficiency just got a whole lot easier!

Rising energy costs and a fast paced residential housing market mean that renters, sellers, buyers, brokers, and lenders need to accurately value home energy consumption costs and efficiency. HEAT is the only performance based home energy efficiency rating software available in the US.

AREVS develops software and data sets for the Home Performance, Real Estate, and Energy industries. Founded in September 2012 by Dean Durst and Jeff Hiscox, AREVS launched the Home Energy Performance Calculator in February 2013. The Calculator is available for professionals as a stand-alone web application. HEAT launched in July 2014 and is available for all customers as a stand-alone web application, a white label web application, or a website plugin at https://www.arevs.us/HEAT.php

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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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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!

How will the Green Button Initiative work for you?

What is the Green Button Initiative?

Launched in January 2012, the Green Button Initiative provides utility customers with their home energy usage data, directly from the utility’s website. Just click the green button icon and go.

With this information at their fingertips, consumers would be enabled to make more informed decisions about their energy use and, when coupled with opportunities to take action, empowered to actively manage their energy use. – U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra

Green Button Dowonload My Data
Look for this button on your utility’s website!

How will the Green Button Initiative work for you?

Having your home energy usage data is good. What you can do with it is even better. Data from your utility company about your own energy usage can help you reduce high energy costs. You can see exactly what you’re spending on heating, cooling, and hot water. Understanding your home energy costs is the first step toward using home energy efficiency to reduce those costs. It may be as simple as changing the way you use your home, or you may decide to hire a professional to complete a whole house energy audit.

According to the Department of Energy, which is advising utilities and businesses on data standards and program implementation, only 35 companies currently support the Green Button Initiative. More have pledged to do so, and many others will join the program in the future. If you want to know more about the technical aspects of the Green Button Initiative, check out the independent web site Green Button Data, or the US government’s data.gov Green Button web site.

AREVS joins US Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide

AREVS joins the US Green Building Council's Green Home Guide

July 8, 2013. Queensbury, NY- – – AREVS: American Residential Energy Verification System announced today its inclusion in the U. S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide, a resource for connecting homeowners and green building professionals.

AREVS’ listing in the US Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide puts us in front of homeowners and landlords looking for the best energy efficiency tools on the market,” said Dean Durst, Co-founder and CEO. “The Guide’s ‘Ask A Pro’ feature complements our ‘Homeowner Education’ resources for professionals and will help us talk to homeowners, property managers, ecobrokers, and contractors on specific points of home energy performance and efficiency.

Home energy performance is increasingly a concern for the real estate and building industries as buyers, sellers, and owners take advantage of government and industry incentives to maximize home energy efficiency. The Green Home Guide connects homeowners, tenants, and landlords with home performance contractors, architects, and other professionals. trip planner Building Council” target=”_blank”>The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

AREVS creates software and data sets for the home performance, residential real estate, and energy industries. The AREVS Home Energy Performance Calculator is the only operations-based rating tool available for the American market. It is available for licensed professionals to accurately rate energy consumption and costs based on envelope and appliance performance.

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