Monday, April 02, 2007

Home owners' Efficiency Options

As I leafed through the latest issue of Mass High Tech, I was pleased to see another article highlighting a start-up company planning to offer energy efficiency solutions to home owners, Energy efficiency tech is aimed at homes, offices. A small company based in Andover, En-home will be targeting the single family home, a place of endless energy efficiency opportunities. I like to hear this because, as a consumer who happens to be thinking about buying a home, I find it fairly difficult to determine the relative energy performance of homes we look at. Other than looking for adequate attic insulation, an updated and insulated heating system, and the rare sighting of solar hot water (that's working correctly) or photo voltaic panels, how do I know how a 1947 Cape with 1200 sq-ft of space with oil and steam compares to a 1982 Colonial with 1400 sq-ft of living space with gas and forced hot water? I have not investigated this deeply, but the Energy Star Homes program may be helpful.

I was also happy to see that Webgen Systems and EnerNOC were mentioned in the article as well. I had conversations with members of both of these organizations back in the early part of 2006 when I was learning about online energy management and demand response. I like what these companies are doing because it is all about source reduction, reducing the initial demand for energy such that we do not need to produce it in the first place. The great thing about both these companies is that they are reducing the need for energy in a way that works in the marketplace. EnerNOC's demand response technology reduces industrial customers' energy bills, saves the electrical utility money, helps EnerNOC sell its service, and reduces emissions. Sounds like a winner to me.

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