Savenia Unveils Award-Winning Solar Value Calculator

PrintToday, we’re proud to announce that we’ve brought our award-winning Solar Ratings online – to allow any solar homeowner across the country to find the potential value their system adds to their home at sale. See the full release here.

Selling a solar home can be hard work. And continued media coverage is turning this into a selling issue for installers. Many Realtors and appraisers aren’t fully trained on solar, price premiums vary widely, and solar leases and incentive income have been ignored. We can help.

Homeowners can now get a 30-second FREE online value estimate at http://saveniahome.com. When ready to sell, they can easily upgrade to a verified Premium Savenia Solar Rating Label – the gold standard in the United States that comes with tailored marketing materials to be used at open houses, showings and online advertising to help differentiate a solar home, sell faster and capture more value.

Industry leading solar installers and allies nationwide are unveiling Savenia’s services to their clients to promote the value of solar, differentiate their offerings and provide a great customer experience. We’re now recruiting more innovative companies to be on the cutting edge of this movement to support the value of solar from beginning to end of the ownership process.

Thank you for the 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 Launches Revolutionary Home ‘Shell’ Ratings

Today we are delighted to announce the launch of our long awaited Home Shell Ratings, an innovative home rating system to capture the dollar savings to home buyers of enhanced insulation, efficient windows, air sealing and other factors making up the building envelope. The Savenia ‘Shell’ Rating is our 6th product category (Appliances, Lighting, Water Heaters, HVAC, Solar, Shell) in an effort to unlock the value of efficiency upgrades in residential homes. See the full release here.

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We’ve teamed up with Sandy Spring Builders, one of the leading high-end custom home builders and remodelers in the DC metro area to expand Savenia ratings to their new homes. Savenia has already awarded the Shell, Appliance, Water Heater, and Lighting plans in the Sandy Spring Savvy ‘SL’ line with a Gold Rating, signifying they are amongst the most energy efficient in the country.

Millions of Americans have upgraded their insulation as part of government or utility incentive programs, while new home builders are starting to pay more attention to the building envelope. These shell improvements have value – they can save thousands per year in utilities and can cost thousands more than the average home to install.

Studies show buyers are willing to pay a premium price (+9%) for efficiency rated homes that save on utility bills. With the launch of Savenia Shell Ratings, we can now help sellers, builders, Realtors and renovators unlock the value of these features with Savenia Home Rating Labels and marketing materials to help them differentiate, sell faster and capture more value.

It is a pleasure to work with Sandy Spring Builders, who have made a real commitment to building high efficiency into the core of their new homes.

Savenia helps homeowners, Realtors, builders and renovators unlock the value of home efficiency upgrades. www.saveniahome.com

Savenia Launches Home Ratings

 

Today we launched our newest innovation – Savenia Home Ratings.  You can see the full release here. Savenia Home is a new service aimed at revolutionizing the information people use to evaluate, buy and sell residential homes. Savenia Home Ratings help home buyers and sellers calculate the value of enesavenia_Hor_w_arrow_TM_NEWrgy-saving appliances, lighting and improvements before they buy or sell.

For home buyers, the ratings give the information they need to see behind the purchase price when shopping. For home sellers, the ratings provide a way to quantify and explain valuable upgrades to prospective buyers.

Savenia Home is the next step in our business model of providing relevant energy cost and environmental impact information at key buying and selling inflection points. The idea is to put the information where buyers and sellers are most likely to look – resulting in more informed decisions and value gains. For Retail, Enterprise and now Residential Homes.

We launch Savenia Home with the best in the business…and are proud to be working with Jane Fairweather Real Estate and Sandy Spring Builders – both national leaders in real estate and custom home building. Savenia Home Ratings are being used to guide the historic restoration of the Button Farmhouse in Seneca Creek State Park and the home rating label is now available. We appreciate the support of Bethesda Green and all of our partners and collaborators that continue to propel us further ahead with advice, suggestions and door-opening introductions.

Find out more and tell your friends about Savenia Home by visiting www.saveniahome.com.

Look for Savenia Energy Ratings at participating retail stores.

Savenia’s World First Spotlight and Floodlight Labels Make Savings Easy

Savvy LightbulbToday we are delighted to announce the world’s first light bulb energy and environmental impact rating labels for floodlights and spotlights. Full press release here.

By bringing the power of Savenia Labs Energy Rating Labels to these high energy bulbs, shoppers can easily see how much it costs to light their homes across different bulb technologies, before they buy, at participating retailers.

Studies show fewer than 20% of the spot- and floodlights sold today are LEDs. With prices lower than ever, why haven’t consumers made the switch?

Buying light bulbs has become complicated.  One thing that should be easy is calculating the big energy and cost savings from switching to energy efficient bulbs. Savenia Labs can help. Until now, comparing the total costs for 3 bulbs required 11 mathematical calculations in the aisle.  As the average home has 50 mostly energy-hungry incandescent light bulbs, shoppers stand to save thousands by switching to more efficient bulbs that use less energy and last longer.

We found that some floodlight bulbs cost over $160 to power and require 8 bulb changes over a standardized 15-year lighting period, while others can cost as little as $40 to run over the same period with a single bulb.

Savenia Labs’ newest Energy Rating Labels make it easy to see which bulbs will cost more in electricity over time and how many bulbs you’ll need to replace over the same period. Energy costs and carbon footprints are customized by local zip code.

The labels simplify and highlight the potential cost savings between bulbs at a glance, so shoppers can consider other features important to them.

You can see the selection of Savenia Labs Energy Rated light bulbs on the shelf at participating stores throughout the Washington DC and Baltimore regions.  You can also review our analysis of the features, brands, and results on your smartphone.  Let us know what you think!

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Savenia Labs Launches Enterprise Subscription Service

Today we are delighted to announce the launch of Savenia Enterprise, a new subscription service to the Savenia proprietary energy ratings database for enterprise customers. The full press release is here. We are delighted to be working with The Universities at Shady Grove to bring the benefits of the Savenia system to this highly regarded higher education enterprise.
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Enterprise customers are an important 2nd channel in Savenia’s mission to change the way individuals and organizations think about choosing products to make better purchasing decisions.  While Retail represents large sellers, Enterprise customers represent large buyers, large energy users and large populations of on-site consumers. Enterprises purchase and maintain thousands of products each year across various locations.
Savenia Energy Ratings provide an easy way for enterprises to decide which products to buy to maximize savings and minimize environmental impacts. Savenia Energy Rating Labels and associated materials can be used to communicate the importance of company sustainability efforts across the organization and to external stakeholders.
We look forward to working with The Universities at Shady Grove to further their industry leading sustainability initiatives and help them realize reductions in energy costs and associated environmental impact, while driving sustainability education on and off campus to students, staff and stakeholders.
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Savenia Labs Launches First ‘HYDRO’ Washing Machine & Dishwasher Energy Rating Labels

We are delighted to announce today the launch of Savenia Labs ‘HYDRO’ Energy Rating Labels on large appliances.  Full release is here. These labels are the first of their kind to report both lifetime water use and energy cost, customized by zip code region anywhere in the US.

Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 5.48.59 AMWater is increasingly viewed as one of our nations most valuable natural resources. Whether due to the realities of water scarcity in the west, or concerns about water quality in the east, people are looking for more information to make better decisions. Savenia Labs can help.

Most people might be surprised to know that for washing machines, we found water costs can run 3-4x higher than energy costs, so buying water efficient units saves both money and the environment.

The thirstiest washing machine we rated used 140,000 gallons of water, the equivalent of 14 swimming pools of water over its 11 year lifetime at a water cost of $1,650 (Potomac, MD), while the most water efficient unit of the same size used only 1/3 that amount. But up to now it has been difficult to compare water use across products in the same category at the time of purchase. Savenia Labs HYDRO Energy Rating Labels solve this problem by providing both water use AND energy use by product at a glance, so buyers can make better decisions.

The ratings are currently available to enterprise customers, and will be made available to appliance retailers and consumers in fall 2013.  In the meantime, consumers can sign-up for information on the Savenia Hydro program here.

 

Savenia Labs Launches World’s First Light Bulb Energy & Environmental Impact Rating Labels

Today we are delighted to announce the world’s first light bulb energy and environmental impact rating labels. Full press release here.

Savvy LightbulbBy bringing the power of Savenia Labs Energy Rating Labels to light bulbs, shoppers can easily see how much it costs to light their homes across different bulb technologies, before they buy, at participating retailers.

Buying light bulbs has become a complicated task with the recent introduction of new technologies.  One thing that should be easy is calculating the big energy and cost savings from switching to energy efficient bulbs. We’re here to help. Until now, comparing the total costs for 3 bulbs required 11 mathematical calculations in the aisle.   As the average home has 50 mostly energy-hungry incandescent light bulbs, shoppers stand to save thousands by switching to more efficient bulbs that use less energy and last longer.

We found that some light bulbs cost well over $100 to power and require 16 bulb changes over a standardized 15-year lighting period, while others can cost as little as $20 to run over the same period with a single bulb

Savenia Labs’ newest Energy Rating Labels make it easy to see which bulbs will cost more in electricity over time and how many bulbs you’ll need to replace over the same period. Energy costs and carbon footprints are customized by local zip code.

The labels simplify and highlight the potential cost savings between bulbs at a glance, so shoppers can consider other features important to them.

You can see the selection of Savenia Labs Energy Rated light bulbs on the shelf at participating stores throughout the Washington and Baltimore regions.  You can also review our analysis of the features, brands, and results on your smartphone.  Let us know what you think!

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Savenia Labs Launches World’s First Electric Kettle Energy Ratings

 

Today we are delighted to announce the world’s first energy ratings on electric tea kettles.  Full press release here.  Tea is often thought to be the second most popular drink in the world (the first being water) – millions of people use these units every day.  Now shoppers can find out how much they cost to operate before they buy at Savenia Labs participating retailers.

photoWho knew your tea came with so much baggage?  Our testing has shown that for many models, you purchase each electric kettle twice – once at the store and once again in energy costs over its 4 year lifetime.  And since unit prices and energy costs can vary significantly from unit to unit, consumers can lock in long-term savings by using Savenia Labs ratings as they shop.

You can see the selection of electric kettles together with Savenia Labs Energy Ratings on the shelf at participating stores throughout the Washington DC and Baltimore regions.

For more in-depth analysis of the features, brands, and lab test results, use your smartphone to review our research online.   Let us know what you think!

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Savenia Labs Expands to Woodley Park, Washington D.C.

 

We are delighted to announce the latest launch of our Energy Ratings in the newly opened Woodley Park Ace Hardware in Washington D.C.  Full release here.

1217121156Woodley Park is a neighborhood of fine early 20th-century row houses just across from the National Zoo, where residents enjoy one of DC’s premiere natural environments in a highly walkable community.

Now local residents can shop for more energy efficient products and save money on energy costs, while reducing pollution due to electricity production.

Woodley Park Ace Hardware is the newest addition to the forward thinking local Ace chain, ‘A Few Cool Hardware Stores‘, with locations in DC and Maryland.

Stop by the store and check out the new display over the holidays; let us know what you think!

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