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Energy Savings While Your Facility Sleeps

June 18, 2014 by Jake Rozmaryn

Energy Savings

Once upon a time an insignificant overhead charge, electricity is now an increasingly large component of the overall operating costs for United States industrial manufacturers. Both rates ($/kWhr) and usage (kWhr consumed) are key drivers of costs.[read more]

New Carbon Pollution Standards Can Create 274,000 Jobs, Save $37 Billion on Energy Bills

June 1, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Common-sense regulations like carbon pollution standards for power plants—like the proposed standards that President Obama will be unveiling next week--can do positive things like protect our pocketbooks as well as our health, according to a new study.[read more]

Wal-Mart, Schneider Electric Test the Grid-to-Building Energy Connection

May 28, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modern buildings contain a lot of devices -- fans, pumps, lights, motors -- that can slow down or speed up, dim or brighten, or otherwise alter their electricity consumption on the fly. Utilities and grid operators are eager for fast-responding energy assets that can shave power usage.[read more]

Know Your Audience: Energy Efficiency and the Small Commercial Class

Efficiency and Small Commercial Class

Investment in energy efficiency saves money, enhances productivity and competitiveness. Yet energy efficiency is underutilized by the small commercial sector. A survey found that 52 percent of small commercial businesses see cash flow as the primary barrier to investing in energy efficiency.[read more]

Building Genome Project: Retroficiency Takes a City-Wide Approach to Efficiency

April 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Building Genome

If more than 30,000 commercial buildings in New York City adjusted their thermostats just one degree upward in summer and one degree lower in winter, the savings would add up to $145 million dollars annually. That finding is just one gleaned from Retroficiency’s new Building Genome project.[read more]

Study Confirms Midwest Is Sitting on a Goldmine of Energy Savings Potential

April 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

An important new federal study confirms that saving energy is far less expensive than generating power in a power plant. It also shows that here in the Midwest, energy efficiency programs are succeeding at delivering energy savings at rock-bottom costs.[read more]

Could the NSA Reduce CO2 Emissions?

April 1, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

April Fools’ Day in the US inspires pranks and hoaxes, and smart readers beware unusual news stories on that day. Here are some fictional news headlines and stories that if real, would certainly accelerate Smart Grid and other infrastructure upgrades, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

5 Simple Ways to Save Food

March 7, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Saving Food

About three quarters of this waste occurs before food is ever sold, during production, post-harvest, processing and distribution. The food we waste in our homes totals about 50kg a person each year, and rises to as much as 100kg a year in some wealthy countries.[read more]

Modern Alchemy: The Conversion of Anergy to Exergy

March 5, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Modern Alchemy

The American economy wasted 86 percent of all the energy used in the production of goods and services. One can easily imagine that waste of this magnitude creates an array of costs that can easily weaken the nation’s economic and social well being.[read more]

US Building Efficiency Was Worth More Than Clean Electricity in 2013

February 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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America's building sector often gets criticized for being an inefficient drain on the country's electricity system. At the same time, the natural gas industry gets held up as an economic miracle for the grid. But does that perception match reality?[read more]

Three Ways You Could be Getting Overcharged on Utility Bills

February 21, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

There are over 150 cost components to every utility bill, which means there are 150 opportunities for an error to pop-up on your statement. If you have ever had the feeling that your business was being overcharged, or you’ve found a figure that just doesn’t look right, you might be correct.[read more]

Economic Rewards Through Renovation

February 4, 2014 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

In the following interview, Adrian Joyce, the director of the Renovate Europe Campaign, discusses various subjects including targets, strategies, and how energy efficient renovation can help to renew economies that may be lagging behind.[read more]

Seattle Energy Benchmarking Finds $90 Million Potential Annual Utility Bill Savings

January 19, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Seattle Energy Benchmarking

Energy benchmarking may not sound like the most important concept in the clean tech dictionary, but it has actually helped Seattle identify an energy efficiency path forward to save up to $90 million annually on costs such as utility bills.[read more]

Americans Driving Down Their Driving Miles

January 17, 2014 by Bill Chameides

American Driving Habits

With each American traveling on average less than 10,000 miles a year and the country as a whole nearly three trillion total vehicle miles traveled per year, we are hands down the champs at racking up the miles. But of late, something remarkable and, for many, unexpected has been happening.[read more]

Proposed Motor Efficiency Standards Will Lead to Big Electricity Savings

December 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Like the vast majority of Americans, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about electric motors in the 1 to 500 horsepower range. Astoundingly, though, these motors consume about 50 percent of all the electricity used by industry in the United States. That’s right: 50 percent.[read more]