Energy Efficiency

DOE Invests to Save Energy in Small Buildings

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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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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UPDATE: Louisiana Lawmakers Say “YES” to Energy Efficiency

July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

UPDATED (07/01/13): On Thursday, June 27 the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) reversed its February decision to abandon energy efficiency programs and reinstated its December plan for utility efficiency plans. The change came at the end of a contentious day-long hearing that saw spirited exchanges among the commissioners and a large contingent of energy efficiency supporters in | Read More

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Why is energy so expensive in the New England?

June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

There are several reasons but it begins with the fact that it does not have its own indigenous power supply like the coal of the south, the oil of Texas or big hydro of the Pacific Northwest. Second, New England’s electricity grid is largely self-contained, with some power lines bringing in electricity from outside. Think | Read More

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Summit School District saves energy with smart software

May 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Schools | 6 Comments

Through a combination of energy efficiency and actively managing energy use, the Summit School District is on track to save more than $100,000 in energy costs this year. In fact, after investigating the operation of lighting and HVAC equipment at Summit High School in the summer of 2012 with a new energy-management system called the Colorado | Read More

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Ohio residents saving $5.6B with energy efficiency

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

by Adam James It’s not that surprising that energy efficiency initiatives reduce customer demand for electricity. But it may come as news to some that energy efficiency appears to decrease the cost of the energy that is used. That’s one interesting conclusion of a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy looking at | Read More

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Is energy efficiency a political choice?

May 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

Energy independence rather than the benefits of cutting carbon emissions, could be the key to persuading some US shoppers to invest in energy efficiency, according to a new study. A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology. It | Read More

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Walmart works to cut $1 billion from annual energy costs

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Walmart is eyeing greater energy efficiency and less reliance on fossil fuels as key drivers of its low-cost, low-price business model. The company announced several new targets April 16 that are designed to put it further along the path to becoming supplied 100 percent by renewable energy and to save an estimated $1 billion annually in | Read More

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NIPSCO Providing Rebates for Energy Efficiency

April 9th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates, Schools | No Comments

Students may mistake them for smoke detectors, but they are actually energy saving devices helping schools save thousands of dollars. They are occupancy sensors that turn off lights when no one is in the room, and through a partnership between NIPSCO and Energizing Indiana, they are one of the many components being introduced to La | Read More

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Oregon’s 2012 Success Proves Energy Efficiency Is Effective

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April 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

In early February, the Energy Trust of Oregon released preliminary results from its annual energy savings report. Results hinted that 2012 had been a record-breaking year for energy conservation efforts in the state, and now that hunch has been confirmed. The organization’s full 4th quarter report reveals that annual results exceeded even the stretch goals for electric and natural gas efficiency savings. Oregon’s success is | Read More

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