CakeSystems℠ Software Awarded Contract with Next Step Living

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Earth Advantage Institute (EAI), a nonprofit sustainable building organization, is proud to announce its CakeSystems energy efficiency software will be used by Next Step Living Inc.

Next Step Living is a residential energy efficiency company, providing home energy diagnostics and improvements to the greater New England area. Next Step Living will be using CakeSystems software as part of their mission to improve residential energy efficiency. Homes currently account for roughly thirty-five percent of all energy waste, making houses a prime target for energy efficiency programs. B. Eric Graham, director, energy efficiency financing at Next Step Living said, “Next Step Living chose CakeSystems to help us assess energy efficiency opportunities before and after doing a home energy assessment. It is important that such analysis can be done in a “Simple”, timely and cost effective manner. Next Step Living will compare the initial energy savings results provided by the software to actual energy use data post energy efficiency retrofits and we look forward to understanding the performance of this tool as we see those results.    

CakeSystems is the only home energy auditing software suite that is fast, accurate and flexible enough to meet the demands of today’s marketplace. CakeSystems at its core, uses the ‘SIMPLE’ algorithm developed by nationally recognized energy efficiency expert, Michael Blasnik. CakeSystems core auditing module is the foundation for a customized software suite that fits elegantly into energy efficiency programs to dramatically increase audit-to-retrofit conversion rates. The software is designed to allow home performance contractors to deliver to homeowners a clear and concise description of their home’s estimated energy use and carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency programs in Washington State, Virginia, Massachusetts, Alabama, North Dakota and Oregon are currently using CakeSystems software. Independent energy auditors are also using the software in New Mexico, Maryland, California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Maine, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Illinois.

About Next Step Living
Next Step Living is a leading provider of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Services base in Boston Massachusetts. The company primarily delivers these services in Mass through the utility sponsored (Nstar and National Grid) Mass Save Program. Next Step Living’s Energy Efficiency Funding (“NSL-EEF”) group intends to solve the residential energy efficiency adoption problem by offering homeowners of the most inefficient homes with a little to no upfront cost solution to implement deep and cost effective efficiency measures. NSL-EEF is utilizing NSL’s proven and innovative marketing methods and proprietary data analysis toolset, will select customers, minimize customer acquisition costs, maximize savings and return on investment for homeowners.

About Earth Advantage Institute
Earth Advantage Institute works with the building and design industry to implement sustainable building practices. Its nonprofit mission is to create an immediate, practical, and cost-effective path to sustainability and carbon reduction in the built environment. The organization achieves its objectives through a range of innovative certification, education, and technical services programs. Residential energy efficiency programs nationwide use the Energy Performance Score (EPS) label.

For more information contact:
Erik O. Cathcart
Director of Marketing
Earth Advantage Institute
503.968.7160 x21

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