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Hurry up and get those old bulbs!

December 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

America will conclude its three-year farewell to inefficient general-purpose incandescent light bulbs on December 31, 2013, the National Lighting Bureau advises. On the following day – January 1, 2014 – it will be a violation of law to manufacture in or import into the United States 60-watt and 40-watt general-purpose “A-line” incandescent light bulbs. The | 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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Energy Star Portfolio Manager Helps K-12 Facility Managers Avoid Millions In Energy Costs

April 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Schools | No Comments

By Karen Kroll – Energy Efficiency The cost to heat, cool, and operate the approximately 98,800 public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. comes to about $7.6 billion annually, says Lauren Pitcher, a communications director with Energy Star. That’s more than the tab for textbooks and computers combined. Indeed, energy costs are typically a school’s largest operating | Read More

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Can WV get some energy efficiency love?

March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

What can be done to get electric bills under control in West Virginia? West Virginia’s residential electric rates have risen more than 50 percent in the past five years. The burden of high electric bills often falls on the households that can least afford it. West Virginia still has the seventh lowest residential electric rates | 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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Minneapolis plan aims to let market drive efficiency

February 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Minneapolis is poised to become the first city in the Midwest to adopt an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings. The City Council’s energy and environment committee unanimously passed a proposal Monday (video) to require large commercial building owners to annually measure and report energy consumption data. Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the | Read More

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Obama signs off on energy efficiency legislation

December 27th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Energy efficiency supporters from a variety of sectors enthusiastically greeted President Obama’s signing of new energy efficiency legislation this week. The legislation, The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (or HR 6582) includes a number of varied provisions including more aggressively promoting energy efficiency and supporting deployment of existing manufacturing technologies In the bill’s introductory text, the | Read More

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Ohio’s Existing Energy Efficiency Standard is Creating Jobs and Saving Millions

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May 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

A new report released today reveals that Ohio’s existing energy efficiency standard has saved businesses and consumers statewide $100 million in utility costs, cut energy waste and created more than 4,000 new jobs in Ohio. Job growth, according to the report, is on target to increase to 32,300 by 2025 as the energy efficiency standard | Read More

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Buying Bulbs Based on Lumens

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Since the first screw base and socket bulbs came were made in 1882, lamps were purchased based on wattage used.  Fast-forward 130 years and there is a new metric for light bulbs and it is “lumens”. Lumens are a measurement for the amount of light produced. This makes a lot of sense since we buy | 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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