energy savings

NJ Schools Get $6M for Lighting Upgrades

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

The Christie administration is setting aside $6 million to help public and private schools in New Jersey reduce their energy bills by replacing antiquated lighting. The initiative, financed out of the state’s clean energy program, will be available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. It will cover the entire cost of the upgrades, including | Read More

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Energy Efficiency Retrofits to be $150B Worldwide Industry

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July 11th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Efforts to retrofit commercial and public buildings to make them more energy-efficient have many different drivers, including a sense of social responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprints, an attempt to retain tenants and gain a market edge in a competitive building market, and, above all, the desire to reduce operational costs by reducing energy consumption.Regardless | Read More

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Lower Taxes + Lower Carbon Emissions = Possibility?

July 9th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Featured | 3 Comments

A carbon emission tax (or a similar cap & trade program) has been instituted in many European nations, Australia, and Canada. In Washington, mentioning the word “TAX” and “CARBON”, is anathema and political suicide. But let’s try to look at the glass half full. What if we could reduce carbon emissions and the corporate income tax | Read More

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CT Wants to Help Businesses with Energy Efficiency

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July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Company, is pleased to announce a new round of financing options designed to assist business owners looking to use less energy and save money on utility bills through energy efficient equipment improvements. Geared towards larger companies who have been | Read More

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Energy Efficiency as a Utility Resource?

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments

Energy efficiency programs aren’t new. They have been around for 30 years or more in many states, since the energy crises of the 1970s. But according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency programs have grown and developed to become “a low-cost, high-value energy resource for electric utilities and | Read More

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How To Sell Energy Efficiency

June 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Brochures | No Comments

by Bridget McCrea via Getting customers to look past their checkbooks and invest in energy efficient equipment isn’t always easy In a world where an increasing number of individuals and companies are preoccupied with saving energy and making environmentally conscious choices, selling energy efficiency to clients is surprisingly difficult. In fact, many companies are | Read More

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June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

Michigan businesses that are customers of DTE Energy are eligible for financial incentives through the custom rebate program of $.08 per kWh for upgrading to more energy efficient lighting by November 30, 2012.  This program is targeted for customers who have T12 fluorescent lamps to incentivize upgrading as the T12 phase-out will commence on July | Read More

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A Little Late But Getting In the Green Movement

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June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Politically, a map of America may show red and blue states. But environmentally, many of these states are trying to turn green – as indicated by new research published by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. Despite being ranked in the bottom 10 on the ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North | Read More

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Making Utility Rebates And Incentives Work

May 29th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Informational | 1 Comment

Guest Blogger, Christopher Morales via Facilities Net In these difficult economic times, as the nation still seems be recovering from recession, there is a scarcity of one resource essential to implementing any recommended energy-saving measures: money. Without access to sufficient funding, maintenance and engineering managers and their organizations cannot implement energy-saving measures. Depending on a | Read More

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Oregon School Districts Not Taking Advantage of Energy Efficiency Programs

May 24th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

In 1999 the Oregon Legislature passed a bill (SB 1149) that created a 3% surcharge on electricity bills to fund energy conservation programs in schools. From 2009 to 2010, 815 eligible schools received a total of $15.7 million for energy efficiency measures.  Being eligible meant that a energy audit had to be performed prior to | Read More

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