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New Efficiency Standards Would Tackle the Energy Hog Lurking in your Basement

October 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via ACEEE blog The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards today that would address a major energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. The new standards would reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air | Read More

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Why Americans need to care about energy efficiency

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Most people don’t realize it, but their relationship with electricity is odd. Ed White, vice president of customer and business strategy for National Grid US, summed it up in a recent interview by relating a vignette from a colleague with a 13-year-old son. The boy ran from the house one day shouting, “We don’t have Internet. | Read More

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House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards

July 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Last Wednesday the House voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs. As this blog described in a post last year, we promote energy efficiency in every way. As a refresher, the bill was signed into law by President Bush | Read More

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America Loves $670B Worth of Energy Efficiency Products

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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Energy Incentives in Arizona Can Yield $7B in Savings

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Arizona households and businesses can cut electricity use by 21 percent and save $7.3 billion by 2020 if utilities ramp up energy-efficiency incentives, a public policy group said Tuesday. A report presented to Arizona energy officials by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) said the state’s utilities already have programs that can be expanded to | Read More

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Are ‘smart bulbs’ the next bright idea in energy efficiency?

smart bulb
November 14th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Zach Supalla had the proverbial light-bulb moment last December while flicking on lamps in a hotel room. Instead of walking to every corner of the room, wouldn’t it be easier if there was an app for this? The former McKinsey & Co. analyst went home and founded Spark, a connected lighting company that’s getting ready | Read More

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FACT CHECK: How Much Incandescent Bulbs Really Cost

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

With so much misinformation consumers are not being given good information about lighting. Especially the particularly poor reporting about the ongoing elimination of 100w, 75w, 60w, and 40 incandescent lamps from the national inventory. In fact, incandescent lighting is not being eliminated or outlawed, but what is being eliminated are the least efficient, commonly used versions. As | Read More

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What Would Thomas Edison Do?

March 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, utility bills weren’t even a flicker on people’s list of expenses. Little did anyone know that over 133 years later, electricity would become such a bothersome commodity across the modern world – one that we can’t live without, but which hinders our savings as we take great | Read More

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The 5 L’s of Lighting

ILs and a CFL
January 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

As part of educating the public about how to purchase the most efficient lamp for the home, a group of over 40 organizations has come together as the LUMEN Coalition. LUMEN stands for Lighting Understanding for a More Efficient Nation. The goal of the coalition is to help educate the public about the transition to | Read More

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Ameren Energy Offers Custom Incentives; Approves T5 Retrofit Kit

Ameren's Business Energy Efficiency Program has proven to be one of the most economical ways to promote ways to satisfy electricity demand growth
December 29th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

After speaking to a senior engineer at Ameren Missouri, the T5 Retrofit Kit has qualified for the Business Energy Efficiency Program as a custom rebate product. The program was designed to encourage EE upgrades within small businesses, factories, nonprofit organizations and schools in the Ameren service territory. The Custom Incentive is a rebate of $0.05 | Read More

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