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Where Are My Efficiency Savings?

April 28, 2015 by Matt Conway

Energy Efficiency Savings

Achieving efficiency gains associated with residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades is frustratingly variable. Too often, equipment with published efficiency ratings in excess of 95% struggle to achieve actual performance numbers in the mid 80% range.[read more]

Following the Nest Path to Energy Efficiency

March 5, 2015 by Matt Conway

Home Energy Efficiency

The Nest thermostat is notable for matching the use of heating and air conditioning equipment to actual times of building occupancy and intuitively adjusting the temperature to a desirable level. Noticeably absent is the ability to optimize the inner workings of the equipment that is connected to the thermostat.[read more]

One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

February 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Saving and Waste at Work

 

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption.[read more]

Are Energy Managers Making Progress? Introducing a Tool to Help

February 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Management Tools

Energy management can be complicated, and the projects organizations must tackle run the gamut: from small-scale lighting and HVAC upgrades to whole building retrofits; from baselining energy consumption to data analysis of enterprise-wide energy management systems.[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]

Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon
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European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings and Job Growth in North Carolina

December 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Savings and Job Growh

Rapid declines in the price of light emitting diodes (LED) technology suggest that the next generation of energy efficient lighting – LED bulbs – is on the verge of widespread adoption. LED bulbs will eventually make traditional, energy-hogging incandescent bulbs a thing of the past.[read more]

Lighting Controls Could Save Boston $27M Annually

December 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Cities and Lighting Energy Savings

Earlier this year, the chair of Massachusetts' Department of Public Utilities was frank about her state’s need to come up with new solutions to unlock energy efficiency. New data from Retroficiency shows one domain where huge opportunity lies: commercial lighting.[read more]

Energy Management Can Empower Everyone Regardless of Income Level

December 7, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Savings for All

The holidays are upon us. As we prepare to gather with our friends and family, eat too much, and lounge around watching football, many people use this time to reflect on what they are grateful for. Being able to pay one’s electricity bill probably doesn’t make most people’s list, but for many Americans, it might.[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]

California Customers Will Continue to Save Money and Energy through 2015 and Beyond

October 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Savings in California

 

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an impressive 1 billion dollars for energy-saving programs that will also save residents of the state a great deal of money by continuing to help Californians use energy in a smarter way.[read more]

Plug In Hybrid: Saving Carbon and Dollars?

October 22, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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I'm in the market for a new car. At a recent visit to a dealer I was confronted with the choice between the regular hybrid-electric version of the C-Max (think standard Prius but made in the USA!) and the plug-in hybrid electric version of the same model. The difference between the two is the plug-in, well, plugs in.[read more]

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

October 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency and the Main Stream

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.[read more]

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

October 11, 2014 by Kit Kennedy
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Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year.[read more]

Three Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency After the 'Low-Hanging Fruit' has Been Picked

October 3, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Deeper Energy Efficiency

Companies today are increasingly investing in energy efficiency upgrades, both to conserve energy and to reduce operating costs. By lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fuel expenses, energy efficiency benefits the economy as well as the environment in the face of climate change.[read more]