Savenia Expands California Footprint!

Following our big win in May from the US Department of Energy ‘SunShot’ Catalyst Program, we will be increasing our presence in California, where solar penetration is the highest in the US. See the full release here.

225px-Flag_of_California.svgNew Digs
Savenia is opening a new office at SfunCube in the Bay Area, the world’s only incubator / accelerator dedicated to solar innovation. Just minutes from San Francisco, our new west coast office puts us closer to leading solar companies, suppliers and homeowners as we expand our Savenia Solar Ratings. We will maintain our HQ operation in Bethesda, MD.

New Friends
Savenia has joined the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA)the nation’s oldest state-based solar energy association. We are delighted to work with their diverse membership to further our collective mission of accelerating solar development.

Big Stage
Savenia’s John Jabara will be a featured speaker at The Growth Company Forum: Next High-Flyers & Industry Movers in the PV Space on July 15th at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco during InterSolar 2015. John will speak about the need for independent, 3rd party solar ratings to better communicate solar system value to prospective buyers. Please stop by if you can!

Global Exposure
Savenia’s new exhibition booth will be on display at InterSolar, North America’s largest solar conference during July 13th-15th at the Moscone Center, San Francisco. With almost 30,000 visitors expected, this will be a great opportunity to showcase our award winning ratings platform.  Please visit us at booth 8827 in the West Hall!

Thanks for your continued support!

US Photovoltaics Inc. Partners with Savenia

uspv_logoToday we are delighted to announce the signing of a referral agreement with US Photovoltaics Inc. (USPV). USPV is one of the nation’s leading Solar Renewable Energy Certificate aggregators and provides brokerage services to homeowners with solar systems across the mid-Atlantic. You can see the full release here.

Effective immediately, this agreement allows the customers of USPV to utilize Savenia’s proprietary Solar Ratings to capture and communicate the value of solar when selling their homes.

“Savenia provides a much needed service for our solar customers in the process of selling their homes”, said Fred Ugast, President of USPV, adding “Solar is a great resource but the real estate and appraisal industries have been slow to recognize the savings and revenues a solar system adds to a property. Many homeowners struggle to quantify and explain the financial and other benefits of solar to potential buyers. Savenia provides the solution”

John Jabara, Founder of Savenia, stated: “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with a forward thinking partner like USPV, a Maryland based innovator in the solar industry with a sharp focus on excellent customer service”.

Savenia Wins 2nd DOE SunShot Catalyst Award

photo (1)Last Friday in SFO we won a 2nd award from the US Department of Energy’s ‘SunShot’ Catalyst Program, a prize that acknowledges the most cutting-edge ideas to transform the US solar marketplace. The company’s winning application highlighted an IT prototype of Savenia Solar Ratings, a rating label like CarFax but for home solar systems. Savenia Solar Ratings help home sellers and buyers more easily understand and unlock the monetary value in solar systems with innovative rating labels and marketing materials.

Savenia will receive up to $100,000 from DOE to enable further development of Savenia Solar Ratings. This builds on the $25,000 in IT support received in 2014 when Savenia won the SunShot Catalyst Business Innovation Award.

Savenia Solar Ratings were launched in 2014 to help home sellers capture the full value of their solar systems when selling. Savenia Solar Ratings are part of a platform of Savenia Home Ratings that help unlock the value of various home efficiency upgrades, so sellers can differentiate, sell faster and capture more value. Savenia has rated homes in 6 states, including the solar system on The White House.

A big thank you to Jane Fairweather, Sandy Spring Builders, Bethesda Green, US Photovoltaics and the MDV-SEIA for the support during the development of our solar ratings.

Savenia Donates Appliances To Homeless Families In Transition

Today we announced our plan to donate a large selection of appliances to Stepping Stones Shelter, a Montgomery County Maryland non-profit that provides temporary housing to homeless families in transition to more stable living arrangements. You can see the full release here.

Stepping Stones Shelter LogoSavenia will donate microwave ovens, coffeemakers, teakettles, toasters and toaster ovens to help up to 50 families move out of the shelter and into their new housing with the appliances they need. Appliances were lightly used during Savenia energy efficiency laboratory testing.

“Every year, Stepping Stones serves as a refuge for families who have nowhere else to call home, and as a lifeline for families in the community who are at-risk for returning to homelessness” said Denise Fredericks, Executive Director of Stepping Stones Shelter. “With the generous support of companies like Savenia, we are able to provide temporary shelter and critically needed services to help families move from the crisis of homelessness to more stable housing. Once families are stably housed, they can take the next step with confidence.”

“We are delighted to see these appliances make a difference in the homes of local families making a fresh start,” said John Jabara, Founder of Savenia Labs.

About Stepping Stones Shelter
Stepping Stones Shelter provides a continuum of services (emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and post-shelter services) to homeless families with children in order to move them from crisis to a stable home environment.  By offering food, shelter and supportive services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Stepping Stones provides hope for the future, strengthens families, and promotes self-sufficiency. http://www.steppingstonesshelter.org, For more information contact Denise Fredericks at denise@steppingstonesshelter.org.

Natural Gas Prices Rise After 5 Year Decline – Savenia

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 2.53.27 PMUS residential natural gas prices rose in 2014 for the first time since 2008, increasing 6% over prior year to the surprise of many homeowners expecting the low pricing to continue with the boom in domestic production.

The reality is an industry struggling to keep up with increasing demand from colder weather and conversion from large coal power plants to natural gas supply. And this is unlikely to be the end of higher prices. Further investment to expand domestic infrastructure and the future potential to export LPG overseas at much higher prices will be the drivers here. Nevertheless, natural gas is still cheaper than electricity when compared according to heat content (BTU’s).

Hawaii pays almost $5 per therm, almost 5x more than the US average price of $1.06, while North Dakota pays 83 cents per them, some 30% less than the average.

In 2014 most states paid more for natural gas, with large increases of 20-30%+ in the 8 states of NE (21%), MI (22%), CO (23%), AZ & NH (24%), NC & WI (29%) and IL (34%).

With GasSavvy-DBTM, Savenia rates the costs and environmental impacts of products that use or are impacted by natural gas for each zip code, so buyers can compare and make more informed purchase decisions.

Savenia Now Montgomery County Green Certified

Today is Earth Day, and we’re happy to report that Savenia was certified by the Montgomery County Maryland Green Business Certification Program. You can see a full report of our environmental activities and other certifications here.

1429565989029The certification program highlights local companies that have met rigorous 3rd party standards in order to spur business innovation, environmental stewardship and adoption of sustainable best practices throughout the County.

This certification comes on the heels of Savenia being named to the ‘2015 Best For Environment’ list by B Lab.

We’re delighted to do our part to make Montgomery County, Maryland a better place to work and live!

 

Savenia Wins ‘Best For Environment’ From B Lab

2015-BFTW-Environment-LGToday we are delighted to announce that Savenia Labs was recognized for creating the most positive overall environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list.

The list honors businesses that earned an environmental score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations worldwide from over 120 industries on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment.

You can see the full release here.

Additional 2015 Best For the Environment Honorees include well-known cleaning product brands Method Products and Seventh Generation, Brazilian personal care company and the largest Certified B Corporation Natura, and North Carolina based WasteZero, helping more than 800 towns and cities around the country reduce the amount of municipal waste that is landfilled and burned.

“Since 2011 Savenia has been a proud member of the Certified Benefit Corporation movement to help re-define the role of business as a force for good”, said John Jabara, Founder of Savenia.

Thanks everyone for your continued support!

Savenia Introduces a Powerful Weapon To Fight The California Water Crisis

This letter was sent to Governor Jerry Brown of California on April 3rd 2015.
Dear Governor Brown,

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 1.17.53 PMWith the escalating long-term water crisis in California – we have a simple solution that can make a big impact. Savenia Hydro Rating Labels on retail shelves and online can show Californians for the first time how much water washing machines and dishwashers use BEFORE they buy. The Savenia rating system has been available for years and used by millions of consumers across several mid-atlantic states, and can easily move to California. The system can also be applied to other appliance categories like air conditioners that have California specific usage and energy characteristics.

The impact. The average Californian uses 178 gallons of water per day, and a load of wash with an inefficient washing machine can use 40 gallons (22%). This can be cut by 63% to 15 gallons with water efficient units. With an average CA family of 3 washing several loads per day, these savings add up quite quickly. Saving water also saves money. Contrary to popular belief, water costs (not energy costs) drive up to 60% of total operating costs of a California washing machine.
Current Energy Guide and Energy Star labels omit water use. Energy Star certified products have a range of water usage which shoppers cannot easily see.
Savenia makes water usage transparent at the point of sale, resulting in better decisions for shoppers and the environment. At a time like this, Californians can ill afford to continue shopping in the dark.
Please let us know how we can be of assistance to the State of California.

Savenia Finds Increased Home Value in Solar Leases

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 3.01.33 PMRecently an increasing number of articles published in national outlets like the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR and others are warning consumers about the difficulties in selling a home with a leased solar system.

These articles often present an unbalanced view by focusing on rare horror stories, an approach that could easily lead to fewer homeowners choosing to go solar and to the creation of problems in the re-sale market.

As an independent 3rd party with direct experience evaluating solar systems for home sellers in many states, Savenia believes solar leasing can be a valuable option, and calls for a more balanced discussion on the merits of each purchasing method and the implications for home buyers.

Solar leases are a key driver behind US solar growth, and thousands of homes with leased systems have already been sold. Large studies show that homes with owned solar systems sell for a price premium, and our ratings have shown additional value for buyers of solar homes with pre-paid leases or contracts that lock in low energy prices relative to the market, in addition to the environmental benefits.

Solar home sellers need to explain the benefits of their systems to prospective buyers, and firms like ours now provide marketing services to make this process easier.

There are many variations of solar financial contract arrangements in the market and a changing regulatory environment, underscoring the need for scrutiny by both sellers and buyers prior to sale.

Savenia helps homeowners, Realtors, builders and renovators unlock the value of home efficiency upgrades. Solar, High Efficiency Appliances, HVAC, Lighting, Water Heating and more.

Savenia provides home sellers with customized Home Rating Labels, marketing materials and online marketing to differentiate, sell faster, and capture the full value of homes for sale. www.saveniahome.com

Savenia Wins DOE ‘SunShot’ Catalyst Competition

Today we are happy to report that Savenia Labs has won the US Department of Energy’s ‘SunShot’ Catalyst Competition for Business Innovation, a prize that acknowledges the most cutting-edge ideas to transform the US solar marketplace. The full press release is here.

hp_sunshot_logoOur winning application highlighted Savenia Solar Ratings, a rating label like CarFax but for solar homes. Savenia Solar Ratings help home sellers and buyers more easily understand and unlock the monetary value in solar systems with innovative rating labels and marketing materials.

Savenia will receive $25,000 worth of support from a DOE-provided software developer to enable further development of Savenia Solar Ratings.

“We want to thank all of our supporters that provided early proof of concept for Savenia Solar Ratings,” said John Jabara, Founder of Savenia Labs.

“This award is a big vote of confidence for Savenia’s ratings platform, and builds further on their success after rating homes in 6 states,” said Veronique Marier, Executive Director at Bethesda Green, a Mid-Atlantic regional hub for sustainability and new business innovation.

Savenia Solar Ratings were launched in 2014 to help solar homeowners put a value on solar systems when selling. Savenia Solar Ratings are part of a platform of Savenia Home Ratings that help unlock the value of various home efficiency upgrades, so sellers can differentiate, sell faster and capture more value. Savenia has rated homes in 6 states, including the solar system on The White House.