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Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway in California

March 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

What does energy efficiency mean to you? In states like California that employ aggressive energy efficiency policies and standards from widget to building envelope, it’s been a successful strategy to reduce per capita energy consumption.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]

LED Outdoor Lighting: $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity Ripe for the Picking

February 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

LED Outdoor Lighting

Not only was last weekend's Super Bowl played under LED lights, the new flat panel TVs for watching the game were illuminated by LED backlights, and the lights on the poles in the parking lot outside the sports bar and the streets and highways between there and home may have been retrofitted with LEDs as well.[read more]

Studying Sustainable Finance

February 10, 2015 by Steven Cohen

When I talk about something like 'sustainable finance,' I mean organizational actions that reduce the one-time use of resources such as energy, water, and other materials, and reduce the impact of production and consumption on ecosystems.[read more]

Energy Consumption by U.S. Government at Lowest Level Since at Least 1975

February 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Government Energy Consumption

The United States federal government, which has thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the whole country and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but as of late that consumption is in measurable decline.[read more]

Money Versus Morals: Why Economic Rewards Trump Polite Messaging in Efficiency

February 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Effeciency Adoption Motivation

From organization in groceries to how Facebook curates newsfeeds, behavioral science is at the core of strategies to maximize sales and engagement. As understanding of consumer behavior evolves, energy efficiency companies have also become much more sophisticated in how they target their efforts.[read more]

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

February 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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As detailed in the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo, New York State is about to embark on an ambitious program to expand the Five Cities Energy Plan initiative, while also establishing the "New York State Community Partnership" program that will help additional municipalities.[read more]

Can Mammograms Teach Us Something Useful About Energy Efficiency?

January 27, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Efficiency Investment and Policy

At first blush, mammograms and energy efficiency investments appear to have nothing in common – one’s a personal, preventative health tool and the other helps you save money and energy. But I suspect they raise similar time-management issues. Let me explain.[read more]

Energy Efficiency is a Tough Sell, Even When it is 'Free'!

January 14, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Energy Efficiency Adoption and Opinion

Home energy efficiency improvements are good for us. An insulation upgrade reduces energy costs, and reduces emissions. But ask me if I want to spend my Saturday researching the recommended R-value for insulation in my climate zone, and I will come up with a list of things that are more exhilarating.[read more]

2015: The Year of Energy Efficiency?

Efficiency Adoption in the Coming Year

As we reflect on the past year and start to think about what we’re going to do differently in 2015, it’s worth taking an overall look at how much energy we use, and how we can find simple ways to cut some of the energy waste out of our lives.[read more]

Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland

December 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009. The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which number in the tens of thousands, according to EnergyHub.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Finding Energy Efficiency's Next Purpose: Leveraging Energy Efficiency to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

December 8, 2014 by Subu Balan

Energy Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

Energy efficiency will continue to evolve and advance in the years ahead. Beyond the perception of energy efficiency as merely a vehicle steered by political or environmental drivers, there is significant value in employing it to elevate customer satisfaction.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk, Cost Investments for Utilities

December 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment: the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most financially attractive options to meet the nation’s future energy demands.[read more]

USDA Loan Improves Energy Efficiency in Rural North Carolina

November 9, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Rural Energy Efficiency

A rural electric cooperative in North Carolina is one of the first in the country to receive funds from a new United States Department of Agriculture on-bill finance program that will help customers improve energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and reduce carbon pollution.[read more]