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Why do they hate the bulbs?

Senator Michelle Bachmann
January 15th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

Once again, some members of the House are trying to turn back a train that has already left the station. They have inserted a light bulb rider in the 2014 omnibus spending bill which would prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the light bulb standards enacted in 2007 and signed into law by | Read More

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Can we stop with the repeal of the bulb ban…PLEASE?

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January 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 6 Comments

Even though the bill was passed in 2007, signed by President George W. Bush, has widespread support by the lighting industry and will save consumers millions on energy costs,  there are still some members of the GOP who think that energy efficient bulbs are bad for Americans. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) on Wednesday proposed legislation | Read More

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Hurry up and get those old bulbs!

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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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NC residents to get more rebate incentives

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May 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Greensboro, North Carolina residents have one last chance to get help making their homes energy efficient under a $5 million grant. The federal government recently gave the city four more months to work on the Better Buildings program, which offers grants and other incentives to building owners who want to make upgrades to their homes | Read More

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Linear LED, is the time now?

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April 16th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Economy | No Comments

No one doubts that LED is the future of lighting. For the last several years prices have been coming down on many styles and recently a 40w LED replacement has reached the proverbial $10 retail price point.  This is been a boon for homeowners but commercial users have not been eager to take the make | Read More

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Energy Efficiency Grants for Small Businesses in PA

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March 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

The DEP in Pennsylvania has given 36 small businesses across the state a total of $290,010 in grants for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, which is funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses that have 100 or fewer employees. The program provides 50 percent matching reimbursement | Read More

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Quick Savings for Landlords—Energy Efficiency

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February 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Ask any city building owner or manager and they’ll likely agree that maximizing efficiency can save money. Energy efficiency can be a quick way for landlords to realize savings through tax breaks or through the added interest from tenants who wish to live in an efficient, responsible building. The problem is that owners don’t make | Read More

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Who’s Still Buying T12’s? Apparently Not That Many People

January 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Informational | No Comments

NEMA’s T12 lamp shipment index tumbled to 37.5, a decline of nearly 40% on a year-over-year (y/y) basis during Q3 – the first quarter following the implementation of the new efficiency standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFL). T8s and T12s also posted double digit declines of 26.9% and 19.9%, respectively. Overall shipments during the | Read More

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CA Schools to Receive Energy-Efficiency Upgrade Funding from Prop. 39

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December 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

With California still deep in the red, school officials want to make sure they get their proper funding to upgrade older facilities and make them more energy-efficient. Currently the energy bill for the Los Angeles Unified School District is $105 million per year. Principal Greg Thomas is pleading his case to lawmakers to give his campus | Read More

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Pacific Northwest Sets Record For Energy-Efficiency Improvements

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September 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

With the help of electric cooperatives and other utilities, the Pacific Northwest set a record for annual energy-efficiency improvements in 2011, according to a new survey. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Lab is among buildings in the region that have contributed to gains in energy efficiency. (Photo By: DOE) The region developed 277 megawatts | Read More

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