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Rotten Fruit: Why ‘Picking Low-Hanging Fruit’ Hurts Efficiency And How To Fix The Problem

November 24, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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So how can energy efficiency, especially the really profitable kind, be a failure dressed as success? The problem is that even though “picking the low-hanging fruit” implies there’s more work to be done and nobody ever gets the ladder. The result is that only the highest ROI projects comprise the entirety of an organization’s or household’s energy efficiency program, achieving, say, 5 or 10 percent of the total available carbon footprint reductions (if you’re lucky) and leaving the rest on the table.[read more]

Window Film: An Energy Savings Superhero?

March 15, 2012 by Nathanael Baker
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To the casual observer, energy efficiency means very little, that is until they see the cost savings associated with making tweaks to their homes and businesses.  According to a new report, one energy retrofit may be more efficient than the rest. Who's thought of installing window film on their windows lately?  Well, the...[read more]

IEA: Building Energy Consumption Can be Cut 33%

May 18, 2011 by Nathanael Baker
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In its latest energy roadmap, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says dramatic energy savings could be achieved rapidly if policies which promote energy efficient heating and cooling technologies are adopted. It is estimated that buildings -- residential, commercial, and public -- account for one-third of the globe's total final...[read more]

Financial engineering: Paying for energy retrofits

February 22, 2010 by Todd Woody

In my latest Green State column on Grist, I explore new strategies to pay for commercial energy efficiency retrofits: On the heels of San Francisco’s announcement last week that it plans to spend $150 million greening up homes, comes a new report that studies a slew of other innovative ways to finance energy efficiency improvements for...[read more]