New Combustion Safety Testing Procedure

Promoting and ensuring safety is a core mission of the Multifamily Upgrade Program (MUP). In order to provide the highest level of resident safety, MUP has updated our combustion safety testing procedure to more closely align with PG&E’s Natural Gas Appliance Testing (NGAT) procedure. PG&E’s NGAT procedure accounts for issues most often found in PG&E territory (climate, types of appliance most often used, etc.), while aligning with other third-party implementation programs. Continue reading New Combustion Safety Testing Procedure

2018 MUP Partner Awards

The Multifamily Upgrade Program (MUP) is proud to recognize the achievements of our participating contractors, consultants, and energy raters during the 2018 program year. MUP’s partners are crucial to the program’s success, and we cannot thank our partners enough for delivering energy savings and improved safety and comfort to properties and their residents. Continue reading 2018 MUP Partner Awards

Smart Thermostats are now MUP-eligible

MUP projects can now claim savings from installations of eligible smart thermostats as a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) measure. In addition, MUP has partnered with Nest® to provide Nest Thermostats at discounted pricing. Properties that feature gas-forced air furnace, electric-forced air furnace, heat pump, and central air conditioning are eligible for the incentive and discounted pricing. Contact MUP at NStephens@trcsolutions.com.

Learn more about smart thermostats from this ENERGY STAR® article.

Water and Energy Nexus

While California’s 2017 drought may be receding into memory, property owners should still prioritize water cost control in multifamily buildings. In addition to the cost of water, the energy used to heat water makes up, on average, 15 percent of a property’s utility bills. In addition, during hot summer months, water use due to landscaping, pools, and spas increase, and so do water and sewer costs. Reducing water use presents an opportunity for multifamily properties to conserve water and reduce spending on both water and energy.

The following are three ways in which your property can take control of water costs.

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