I think we agree a lot on the direction of the changes needed, but I wish I could be as confident as you that we're making progress in time-of-sale energy labeling.
We agree agents should steer clear of the responsibility…"
"Hi Jan, speaking of forms, most that I'm familiar with are on the Seller / disclosure side.
But for buy-side agents (and in a buyer's market), do you see anybody using anything like this Homebuyer's Energy Efficiency Checklist?
Both carrots and sticks, yes, but let's not forget that it took Easton v. Strassburger before even basic visual home inspections became commonplace. Will energy disclosures really be any different?
Over the past ten years…"
"Yes, a number of our customers got similar -- very wrong -- messages like this from PG&E (actually produced by Opower I think).
In their defense, it's really hard to get this right because there are so many strange corner cases. Like the…"
"Just to check the the customer does not use a whole house fan, or other electrical fans such as ceiling fans during the summer season to cool, 40% is hard to believe, but bill disaggregation on some customers houses still show cooling load with no…"
"Awesome share Tom, thanks!!
In NY I've talked to people who've had the "free" NY audit and been told they could save $1400 a year on their gas bill. They say they might have bit if they hadn't already done the math…"
"There was something there to make it look like there was a correlation between cooling degree days and increased kwh usage.
Or, there was no correlation, but it is too hard to interpret reliability statistics, and no one wants to pay for…"
"One to watch is ComEd up in Illinois, they seem to have a good plan & systems in place once they get all the smart meters installed - be interesting to see if it lives up to the hype
With that the other problem with big data is how they interput…"
"I usually enjoy Shankar's segments, but this one struck me as just another example of the media needlessly juxtaposing Conservation vs. Efficiency. Sure, we humans have a bias to horde our cash, but those of us who know better should never…"
"If anyone is still following this thread, they may want to check out David Goldstein's strident rebuttal to Arik Levinson:
How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save?: How to Misuse Statistics
I agree with him that Levinson's…"
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