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EDITORIAL: A little guilt, a lot of energy savings

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March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Economy | No Comments

By Mark Joseph Stern via Slate How can I persuade you to conserve energy? I could remind you that using less power saves money and helps the environment, but you won’t listen. Studies have proven that appeals to cost and conservation have no impact on people’s energy consumption. But what if I told you everyone | Read More

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Consumers Energy (MI) Awarded $7.3M In Energy Efficiency Incentives 4Q ’12

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March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Consumers Energy’s Business Solutions program awarded $7.3 million in incentives in the fourth quarter of 2012 to help Michigan commercial and industrial customers become more energy efficient. Statewide, these projects are saving the 1,695 participating customers an estimated $9.5 million in energy costs each year.  The annual energy savings are:  71.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of | Read More

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TX Legislature Providing Loans for Energy Efficiency

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March 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Lawmakers are looking at ways to help Texans make their homes and businesses more energy and water efficient by introducing new structures for financing such investments. Legislation up for consideration is a financing program called the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which would let businesses get long-term loans to improve buildings using property assessments. Banks | Read More

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Tuscon Electric Power Now Offering Rebates for T5 Retrofit Kit

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March 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

As part of Tuscon Electric Power’s commerical energy solutions program, any customer who converts from a T12 fixture to T5 Retrofit Kit is eligible for a rebate of $9.50 per unit. For example, if a TEP customer has a 4 lamp T12 fixture and replaces it with 2 T5 Retrofit Kits the total rebate would be | Read More

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Montana Helping Small Business with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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February 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

Small business owners are always looking for ways to save on unnecessary expenses and capitalize on profits. Watching the bottom line is a crucial and necessary task. Still many business owners don’t think about energy savings at the office like they do at home. But many are missing the opportunity for monthly savings. And there’s | Read More

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America Loves $670B Worth of Energy Efficiency Products

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February 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

It turns out that the U.S. embraces energy efficiency in a big way. According to a new report we released today, ACEEE estimates that in 2010 (the latest year for which data is available) $479–670 billion was spent in the U.S. on energy efficiency goods and services such as energy efficiency program expenditures, sales of ENERGY STAR | Read More

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DOE: USA can double energy productivity by 2030

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February 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have long understood that using energy more efficiently can be just as beneficial as finding new ways to produce energy more efficiently. On Feb. 7, NREL Director Dan Arvizu and a blue-ribbon panel of 20 energy experts drove that message home, declaring that | Read More

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Lost Savings from Delay on Energy-Saving Standards Is $3.7 Billion and Counting

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February 12th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

In his Inaugural Speech this month, President Obama described action to limit climate change as both a moral imperative and smart economic policy. Calling for American leadership, he said, “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.” Unfortunately, of late, the | Read More

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MASS leaders approve new energy efficiency plans

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February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Massachusetts State leaders announced today final approval of new utility energy efficiency plans. The state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Thursday gave approved three-year plans that will commit the state’s investor-owned utilities to deliver more savings to customers, improve the economy and protect the environment, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced today. The plans | Read More

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Quick Savings for Landlords—Energy Efficiency

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February 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Ask any city building owner or manager and they’ll likely agree that maximizing efficiency can save money. Energy efficiency can be a quick way for landlords to realize savings through tax breaks or through the added interest from tenants who wish to live in an efficient, responsible building. The problem is that owners don’t make | Read More

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