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3 Ways To Get Closer to the Smart Home with Modern Techniques

February 6, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Green Home Ideas

Quality of life is a difficult category to quantify. It has to do with health and well-being. It also has to do with how you benefit or detract from the world around you. This is not about adding the perfect lamp to a space. For these improvements, you have to think bigger, longer term, and in more holistic terms.[read more]

2015 Goes out with a Burst of New Efficiency Standards: 2016 Promises More Action

The final few weeks of 2015 proved busy ones for new national appliance and equipment standards. The Department of Energy (DOE) completed the biggest energy-saving standard in agency history, along with several important but lower-profile standards which will collectively yield large energy and economic savings. Some of them point the way to much larger future savings. Looking ahead, 2016 looks to be another big year for saving energy and money with improved standards.[read more]

Are We Getting Any Closer to the Smart Home? A Look at Trends From CES

January 14, 2016 by Jeff St. John

CES 2016 was a record-breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show, with more vendors and a bigger exhibition floor than ever before. Seasoned attendees said this was evident in the increasingly competitive smart home space.[read more]

My 2016 Energy Predictions

January 12, 2016 by Robert Rapier
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When I made my annual energy predictions a year ago, I noted that I foresaw a “lot of uncertainty in the energy markets” and indicated that “the direction on several fronts is unclear.” That certainly proved to be the case as numerous pundits – including me – missed on oil price predictions[read more]

Big Win for New Yorkers: State Legislature Doubles Size of Environmental Protection Fund

January 7, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

These days, if you're looking for a champion of environmental protection, just direct your eyes over to the New York State governor's office, in Albany. There, since he banned fracking a little more than a year ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been putting in place policies and programs that make New York a national leader on issues such as climate, clean water, solid waste and land conservation.[read more]

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Ten Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

December 25, 2015 by Terri Engels

Green Business

It’s easy to understand why many businesses have been slow to ‘go green’. Environmentally friendly options often added more cost, for little business benefit. Today, sustainability is now a major global issue and there’s little doubt that upcoming regulations will make greater demands on the business world.[read more]

Building Energy Codes in 2015: A Foundation of Cutting Climate Pollution

December 23, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Energy Efficiency

The Paris climate talks gave strong impetus to the world's determination to curtail climate pollution through policies that create jobs and economic growth while simultaneously cutting emissions. While they may be a lower profile solution, improved building codes are a cornerstone of a successful climate policy.[read more]

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Long-Lasting Upgrades: How to Make Your Property More Sustainable

December 2, 2015 by Terri Engels

Making Your Property Green

Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword that five-star restaurants use to justify $30 for a piece of chicken. In fact, sustainability and ‘going green’ are so much more than just a perceived fad. Not only is energy consumption costly, but it also contributes significantly to the depletion of our ozone layer.[read more]

Head Start in Paris: India Launches International Solar Alliance on Inaugural Day of Climate Talks

December 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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India's COP 21 Announcement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance on the inaugural day of the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.[read more]

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Apartments Waste 33% of The Energy They Use [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 5, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Apartments Waste a Lot of Energy

Apartment buildings waste 33% of energy they use with the most being heating and cooling, and 30% being lost through your roof. What are ways to decrease this inefficiency and save on energy costs and consumption? Find out in this infographic.[read more]

New York Prepares for Millions of Smart Meters Under REV

November 4, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Meters and Energy Reform

Regulators in New York recently released guidance for the state’s electric utilities’ distributed system implementation plans, which are due next June. One of the items that utilities will have to address is the need for advanced metering infrastructure to meet the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.[read more]

Could High-Efficiency Homes Turn a Mortgage Backed Security Into a Green Bond?

October 9, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Could mortgage backed securities (MBS), backed by loans for high-efficiency houses, be the "impact investment" many investors are seeking as a way to fund America's clean energy future? If so, the MBS, the "toxic asset" of the 2008 financial crises, could become a virtuous "green bond."[read more]

Moderating Extremes in Building Design

October 6, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Building Design and Moderation

Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation and software packages to guide architects.[read more]

A New Dawn for Energy Efficiency Financing

September 16, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financing

Energy efficiency remains one of the most stubborn energy transition challenges. The money is on the table, but the market is yet to take off. Now a ground-breaking project is developing standardized processes for bankable projects on a massive scale. Is investor confidence the key to unlocking the world’s ‘first fuel’?[read more]

Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

September 11, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Energy Efficiency and Access

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.[read more]