Savenia Wins ‘Best For Environment’ from B Lab

Today we are delighted to announce that Savenia was once again recognized for creating the most positive overall environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fifth annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list.

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 1.19.51 PMThe list honors businesses that earned an environmental score in the top 10% of more than 1,800 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.

This is the 2nd consecutive year that Savenia has received this honor.

This year’s winners include Seventh Generation, New Belgium Brewing and Sungevity.

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

Thank you for all of your support!

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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 Teams with GCAAR to Educate Realtors on Promoting Efficiency Upgrades

Savenia, whose home rating labels are now featured on homes across the DC area (including The White House) and in 6 states nationwide, has teamed up with the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) Capital Area Realtor magazine to educate REALTORS® on promoting homes with efficiency upgrades. GCAAR is one of the nation’s largest real estate associations, and their REALTOR® magazine reaches some 9,000 readers in the capital region.

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.05.51 PMRecognized for our expertise in home energy efficiency, Savenia emphasizes how REALTORS® can promote the value of efficiency features they increasingly encounter in their listings. Sellers are eager to promote the many thousands of dollars of upgrades and utility savings that today’s buyers are looking for. Savenia’s full-page guide gives REALTORS® a step-by-step process to start effectively marketing these valuable upgrades.

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.

GCAAR is taking a leading role in educating REALTORS® on home sustainability attributes to support the next wave in growth of efficient homes and energy conscious buyers.

New Launch: Breakthrough for Consumers!

Savenia Labs Energy Ratings Reveal the True Cost of Operating your Appliances. Now available exclusively at Strosniders Bethesda and Silver Spring.  Don’t buy a coffeemaker, toaster oven or microwave oven until you compare energy costs from Savenia Labs.

Today Savenia Labs is revolutionizing the way consumers shop for their most popular electronic kitchen appliances. We are unveiling Savenia Labs Energy Ratings, which for the first time allows shoppers to compare the lifetime energy costs of running microwaves, coffee makers and toaster ovens. It’s like MPG (Miles Per Gallon) for your appliances: the ratings give consumers the information they need to save cash and energy when shopping for appliances.

Many appliances cost more to run in energy costs than their purchase price. We found that the most energy hungry coffeemakers cost over $500 to run over a 5-year lifetime, while the energy saving models cost around $30. Now consumers can access this new energy cost information before they buy.

Since 2009, a team of scientists and researchers working with Savenia Labs has perfected our 10-step process of independently testing popular appliances to determine each model’s energy usage. Independent is key here, because up to now most energy rating systems were based on manufacturer provided information.  The result is a Savenia Labs Energy Rating—an easy-to-read store label now available exclusively in Strosniders True Value Hardware Stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring, MD. We are teaming up with Strosniders because they have great customer service, a wide selection of small appliances and really care about helping customers get acquainted with this groundbreaking ratings system.

As the first certified B (benefit) corporation in Bethesda, we aim to transform the way people think about buying products.  When you buy an energy saving product, you save money, and you also do a good deed for the environment by reducing power plant air pollution.  Manufacturers will respond with better products, magnifying savings.

We hope you get a chance to go into Strosniders True Value in Bethesda and Silver Spring to see how Savenia Labs makes shopping for energy saving products easy.  Please let us know what you think!

Savenia Labs Becomes First Bethesda-Based Certified B Corporation

Savenia Labs has become the first Bethesda-based Certified B (Benefit) Corporation, joining the community of companies that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. B Lab (www.bcorporation.net), a non-profit national certifying organization recognized by the State of MD has certified Savenia Labs’ public benefit status after conducting a rigorous audit of our business processes and practices.

By helping individuals and businesses learn more about the energy usage of household products before they buy, we’re helping them save money.  We’re also helping them save energy and reduce harmful pollution.  As consumers change their buying behavior, manufacturers will design more efficient products that save even more.

We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation.  In just over three years, there are already over 425 Certified B Corporations from over 50 industries, representing $2 billion in collective revenues and $6.5 billion in capital under management. The performance standards set by B Lab are comprehensive and transparent,  measuring a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment.  Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment.

To access your public benefit from Savenia Labs in advance of our fall launch, follow us on Facebook to win a new Energy Rated appliance – or read our blog where you can get our newest research ‘Straight from the Lab’.