Are Home Energy Audits Worth It?

Published on June 12, 2019

Like many homeowners, you’re probably looking for ways to lower your energy usage and save money … all while doing good for the planet. Switching out light bulbs to LEDs and installing energy-efficient windows usually do make an impact.  But an even better place to start in your strategic energy-saving efforts is with an energy audit. Are such audits worth the investment? What are Energy Audits? Before answering the question about whether energy audits are worth the cost, it’s helpful to understand what an energy audit is and what it entails. Traditionally, a trained professional auditor inspects your house room-by-room…

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Top Home Heating Errors That Increase Your Energy Bills

Published on January 10, 2018

During the winter months, heating usually accounts for roughly half of your energy bill. Modern home heating can be very expensive, but we often accept the costs to stay warm during the coldest nights. If you find your heating bill becoming outrageous, you might want to check if you’re utilizing your heating system efficiently. For all you know, you’re committing some home heating errors that are likely driving up your energy bills. Take a look at some of the possible home heating mistakes that you can correct to reduce energy consumption and lower your energy bill. No Programmable Thermostat There…

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Designing for Our Energy Future

Published on November 17, 2016

At Curb, we believe the ways our society relates to energy are fundamentally broken. Most people wouldn’t tolerate a grocery store that doesn’t post prices on food for sale; and nobody would tolerate a grocer that sends a bill for a multiple of the expected amount months after the fact. But that’s exactly how we pay for energy. We designed CURB to help people understand exactly where their energy is going in real time, to support them in making material changes to save money. It turns out that the cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy that we don’t actually…

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CURB Shines at Intersolar Conference in San Francisco

Published on July 18, 2016

The most attended solar conference in America, Intersolar, took place last week, July 12-14, and Curb was fortunate to attend and showcase our hard work. Booth #8613 featured our representative banner and two large screens displaying our colorful and user-friendly dashboard. The conference was filled with smart minds and it showcased innovative technologies in the field of solar. There were drones to check solar panels, break-through battery and solar panel technology, and some of the fastest solar installs we’ve ever seen! The world of solar is becoming more efficient, innovative, and affordable. Our team had wonderful conservations with leading companies…

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5 Ways CURB Takes Solar Installers Beyond the Sun

Published on July 11, 2016

How do solar installers move from pitch to sale? For many companies, it’s a roll of the dice. How do they keep the customer interested in them instead of the other companies? CURB allows solar installers to distinguish themselves by selling more than just solar. CURB sells knowledge, independence, follow ups, and differentiation in a synonymous market. 1 – Differentiation in the Market Like it or not, solar installers are undifferentiated to consumers. Most companies offer the same equipment, so those who are able to stand out from the crowd will ultimately be more successful. If solar companies delivered more,…

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Are You Energy Literate?

Published on July 8, 2016

If you could save hundreds of dollars by investing a few minutes of your time, would you do it? Learning more about energy, where it comes from, how it’s used, calculated, and affects daily life is energy literacy. Becoming energy literate helps you achieve lower energy bills, and ensures more efficient energy use in the long term. Energy literacy involves understanding the dynamics of energy in everyday life. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the availability of energy is dependent on a variety of factors, and will eventually “run out.” Currently, we harness energy from fossil fuels (e.g. oil…

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Krannich Solar Case Study: How Selling CURB Helps Sell Solar

Published on July 6, 2016

Solar distributors are caught in a struggle of differentiating themselves in a marketplace of homogeneity. One distributor, the largest in the world, chose to adopt a new strategy that favors the bold and innovative. Krannich Solar is known for selling creative products to differentiate themselves and improve their installers’ experience of selling solar. Krannich recently partnered with Curb, Inc. to help solar installers incorporate a solution that empowers their end customers through energy literacy. Distributors have the opportunity to offer CURB — a powerful tool — as a standard low price, part of the process of selling solar. This allows…

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What is IoT & How Does it Apply to Me?

Published on July 1, 2016

The hottest thing in technology isn’t just for the digerati. Think about your FitBit. It tracks your steps, sleep, workouts, nutrition, and weight goals — all displayed on an easy-to-use app. Your FitBit is configured with a multitude of sensors and ultimately connects to the Internet to keep track of all your data. Empowered as such, you can monitor your heartbeat, understand your dietary needs better, and meet your fitness goals. This knowledge creates habits of a healthy lifestyle. This is the Internet of Things (AKA IoT). IoT is the integration of physical objects with the Internet so that they can communicate with…

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CURB’s Newest Features Make Energy Savings Easier Than Ever

Published on June 27, 2016

CURB is excited to announce several new features to help homeowners make better sense of their energy data. Updates to the web and mobile apps make consumption and production information more detailed, more accessible, and easier to understand. CURB is a home energy monitoring system that give you real time updates on your energy usage, allowing you deep insights into what exactly is consuming energy in your home. These new features are designed to help you have more control over your energy consumption and make smarter decisions in order to have a smarter home. The features are available on web…

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Smart Homes are the Key to Smart Cities

Published on June 24, 2016

The first Smart Cities Innovation Summit took place in Austin from June 13-15, 2016, introducing forward-thinking cities to smart new solutions in order to keep up with rapid growth in green initiatives. Eric Gould Bear, CURB’s Chief Experience Officer, joined Shawn Freeman, Trusource Lab’s CMO, on a panel exploring issues of smart meters, energy saving strategies, and data privacy. Smart cities are the key to change; large scale change. Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, says, “If cities become greener, then we change the world.” The world is not indestructible and resources are not unlimited. By advancing in a direction of…

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