building efficiency

New standards for metal halide fixtures

February 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The Department of Energy (DOE) said the new requirements for metal halide lamp fixtures and external power supplies will cut energy waste, save families money on their utility bills and reduce pollution. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE) — a branch of the Energy Department that is behind the rules, which strengthen existing standards | Read More

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How We Learned Not to Guzzle

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September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

by Ralph Cavanagh via New York Times FOR as long as most of us can remember, the nation’s energy news has trended from bad to worse, starting with the oil crises of the 1970s. But today, the good news is that our energy productivity and security are better than they have been in decades. You’d | Read More

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Hilton beach hotel to power up wind energy soon

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August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new rooftop attraction is turning heads at one South Florida hotel. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has installed six wind turbines to plug into the natural breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean and help power its facilities. It’s the first Hilton of more than 500 properties to have installed wind turbines, executives said. They also | Read More

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Can 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Deductions Be Saved?

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August 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

by Larry Clarke Although climate change may be somewhat controversial, nearly all of us agree that saving energy only makes good sense. Whether or not you believe that it helps the planet, it does save money. So reducing energy consumption is a reason able goal for all facilities management professionals. BOMA — the Building Owners | Read More

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DOE Invests to Save Energy in Small Buildings

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July 24th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

The Energy Department on July 17 announced an award of $10 million—matched by at least $14 million in private sector funding—for six projects to help operators of small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. These buildings are less than 50,000 square feet in size and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants, and grocery stores. | Read More

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Study Shows U.S. Is Becoming More Energy Efficient

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June 24th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new study from the Rexel Foundation has uncovered that the United States has made great strides in becoming more energy efficient and is well positioned for future growth in the sector. Published last week, the Rexel Foundation study looks at the state of energy efficiency, and found that 94% of US electrical contractors feel | Read More

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Making buildings 30% more energy efficient would save $34 Billion per year

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May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Energy efficiency is a good business decision for businesses, homeowners and the government, said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp., in collaboration with the Rhodium Group, analyzed the impact of a 30 percent improvement in U.S. | Read More

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Help businesses in Maine cut costs with energy efficiency

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May 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

By Ray Levesque, Dan Brooks and Matt Damon We represent three of the 252 Maine businesses that wrote to the Legislature’s energy and utilities committee, to urge it to adopt policies to increase Maine’s use of cost-effective energy efficiency. Doing so will lower energy costs, protect and create jobs, and improve Maine’s economy by keeping | Read More

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10 Tips to Save Energy in the Restaurant

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May 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 3 Comments

As the economy and the foodservice industry appear to be gaining steam, energy efficiency is not being utilized by thousands of restaurants across the country. While restaurant owners are conditioned to keep a tight rein on food and labor costs, when it comes to overhead, many throw up their hands in frustration and resignation. They | Read More

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REPORT: Energy Efficiency for Commercial Facilities can save Trillions

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May 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Commercial facilities in the U.S. account for more than 70 percent of the nation’s energy consumption annually. According to findings from GTM Research’s Intelligent Efficiency report, energy-efficiency resources in the buildings industry are vast and getting greater. There is an enormous opportunity for businesses looking to tap into energy-efficiency reserves. However, most are not yet | Read More

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