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What is the best LED product?

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March 7th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 1 Comment

It seems like the market is being hit with a tidal wave of LED lighting products on an almost daily basis. While some of these products perform well, others leave a lot to be desired

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Retrofits Could Yield $1T in Energy Savings

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March 5th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Featured | No Comments

Savvy investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value, mounting to about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, says new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Illinois Energy Now Offers Financial Incentives

Sooner is better than later, and it could cost less than you think
March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

Public facilities around the state of Illinois are eligible for financial incentives through the state’s Illinois Energy Now program to upgrade to more energy efficient lighting prior to the phase-out for certain types of fluorescent lamps next year. The Western Illinois Regional Council Community Development staff can help public facilities be more successful in obtaining these financial incentives by assisting with the application process.

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Funding for Commerical Energy Retrofitting

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February 29th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

In Seattle, there is a movement underway. It is being undertaken by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and the goals are very lofty. If just 16 percent of the commercial building space in the metro Seattle area made energy-efficiency renovations, the energy savings could reach nearly 100 average megawatts by 2025 — equivalent to powering nearly 73,000 homes each year. This is a lofty goal and these challenges need to be addressed to move forward with a realistic energy retrofit renaissance.

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Who Wants Money for Energy Efficiency?

Fluorescent Lighting The T5 Retrofit Kit
February 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Energy efficiency financing is on track to become a mainstream financial asset class, as it may develop a high degree of standardization, scale and predictability

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DOE: New Energy-Saving Specs for Commercial Lighting

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February 20th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 1 Comment

The potential to reduce the nation’s energy use through better lighting choices is massive. On average, over half of the lighting fixtures in commercial buildings operate for more than 10 hours a day and collectively consume more than 87 terawatt hours of electricity annually, which is comparable to the energy used by nearly 3 million homes. | Read More

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FACT CHECK: T5 Retrofit Kit & UL

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February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Informational | No Comments

Here at the home office of The Green Savings Company, we field many calls about our product and of course get questions about our competitors. For the customers it usually comes down to two things: having the UL and price. Since we started in 2009, there have been several companies that have also begun selling a T5 retrofit kit. We welcome this competition as it good for the customer, but unfortunately they get bamboozled into believing something that is not true. For example, there are multiple outlets that state on there website that there kits are “UL approved” (there is no such thing) and have even written a press release to this affect. The Green Savings Company has contacted these companies to ask what there UL file number is and they say that it is, “tested to UL standards” or that the number is “UL 935”.

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Can Energy Efficiency be Good for the Economy?

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February 9th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 1 Comment

When it comes to an energy policy, numerous attempts have been tried to no avail. There is one statement that both Democrats and Republicans can agree: We need to use less energy. It is how to go about reducing our energy consumption where the parties disagree.

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DOE: Yes to Energy Efficient Lighting!

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February 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

On January 24 the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a report showing that the adoption of energy-efficient lighting products in the United States has increased over the last decade. The 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization report examines the current conditions and broad trends in the U.S. lighting market, broken down by technology and sector. The study shows that in 2010, lighting used approximately 700 terawatt-hours (TWh), or nearly 19% of the electricity produced in the United States.

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Real Estate Management Goes Green

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February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 9 Comments

Those are some of the top-level findings of a profile of the real estate management industry published this week in Pension & Investments magazine. The article, by Arleen Jacobius, finds — perhaps not surprisingly, given the outlet — that at least part of the growth in green in the real estate management industry comes from a | Read More

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