Wow. What a month. Tax day came and went… at last count, most of us managed to file our personal tax returns on time, but a couple of folks on the EnergySavvy team have been working so hard that we had to file 11th hour extensions. Don’t tell the IRS.
For those of you keeping score at home, here are the highlights of April here at EnergySavvy:
- New Customers! – This month we welcomed many new contractor customers from across the country – thank you for joining forces with us. To you and all our customers, we’re honored to have the opportunity to continue to earn your business. Always feel free and encouraged to call us and let us know how we can continue to improve – we really dig into every call, email, etc.
- Affiliate Partnership with Walkscore.com – At the beginning of the month, we launched a partnership with Walkscore.com, a website dedicated to educating people about the walkability of their homes and neighborhoods. Their mission is to help people understand that while buying homes in more densely populated urban centers may be more expensive, you can really make up for it in reduced commuting costs. Our friends at Walkscore saw an opportunity to further educate people on the differences in home energy costs of living in smaller dwellings in the city vs. big houses in the suburbs. So now you can get your “walk score” from (duh!) Walkscore.com and your “energy score” from EnergySavvy.com.
- New Features on EnergySavvy.com – We’ve enhanced our online energy audit tool this month to incorporate Local Score Comparisons (“Your home scored 22 points lower than efficient homes in Atlanta, GA.”), more details on our savings estimates (how much of your $2700 savings in 3 years comes from heating, cooling, lighting, etc), and support for oil-fueled heating and hot water. A lot of folks asked us about oil based heating – thank you for that feedback and we’re glad it’s live! We thrive on feedback – positive or negative – so please keep sending in your requests!
- EnergySavvy in a Box – Our first private-label tools partnership launched this month. Next Step Living, a BPI Accredited home performance contractor in the Boston area, has licensed the EnergySavvy online energy audit tool for use on their website. Check it out in action on their website (look in the lower right corner of their homepage for their online assessment tool… that’s us!). Next Step Living’s CFO Brian Greenfield said, “We chose to work with EnergySavvy to enhance our website both because we believe in the building science behind their online audit tool – Michael Blasnik’s algorithms – and we think the compelling user experience that they’ve created has great potential to drive new business for us.”
- New Investment in EnergySavvy – We’re very excited to announce that we’ve closed on an incremental angel investment round, led by Mike Galgon, the former founder of aQuantive. aQuantive, for those of you in familiar with the online advertising industry, was acquired by Microsoft in 2007 for over $6 billion. Press coverage of our financing is on TechCrunch and TechFlash, among other outlets.
What’s next? We’ll be working on more of the same – innovative ways to scale home performance and aiming to delight!
– Aaron Goldfeder, CEO, EnergySavvy.com