energy savings

Ohio business owners can borrow up to $1M for energy efficiency projects

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May 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Manufacturers, schools, churches, and clinics throughout the Buckeye State could cut tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, thanks to a new pioneering financial tool launching today by the Council of Smaller Enterprises, efficiency-services financer Metrus Energy, and CalCEF, an organization focused on accelerating clean energy technologies. The new Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund provides | Read More

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DOE Sec. Moniz says that energy efficiency is going to be #1 priority

May 29th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

Ernest Moniz delivered his first remarks as energy secretary at the EE Global Forum last Tuesday. In his first official remarks as Energy Secretary, Mr. Moniz focused on an aspect of energy policy that lends itself to consensus perhaps a bit more easily than others: the need for greater efficiency. After his swearing in just | Read More

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Bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced in House

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

U.S. Reps. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at spurring energy efficiency investments in residential and commercial buildings and creating construction jobs. “These are common-sense ideas that will create jobs, save money for consumers and conserve energy,” McKinley said. “This issue transcends political ideology.” The Home Owner Managing | Read More

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10 Tips to Save Energy in the Restaurant

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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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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Why is the Obama administration not using enough energy savings performance contracts?

May 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wants President Obama to expedite use of a tool that encourages energy efficiency within the federal government. Wyden said the administration should contract for the remaining $1.5 billion of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) by the end of the year. “ESPCs are a good deal | Read More

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Ohio schools lead the country in energy efficiency

May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Schools | No Comments

Ohio leads the nation in energy-efficient LEED schools, saving millions of dollars on energy costs statewide. And cash-strapped districts are hoping voters appreciate those financial benefits as they make their cases for levy approvals. The state’s top rank is in large part because of the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s (OSFC) adoption of the Leadership in Energy | Read More

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Can Congress pass an energy efficiency bill?

April 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Can a seemingly innocuous efficiency bill get through Congress? The Shaheen-Portman bill was just reintroduced to the Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will review the bill, which is sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act is tweaked from the last iteration, removing some | Read More

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Top 5 Misconceptions About Savings Energy

April 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas | 1 Comment

The most common misconceptions about saving energy in the home and at work Myth #1: Lights Use More Energy When Switched on than Simply Left on If we’re honest with ourselves there aren’t many of us that don’t leave lights on when we move from room to room, so if this myth was true then | Read More

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