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Opportunities for Energy Innovators

Opportunities for Energy Innovators

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For a long time, "clean" and  "green" marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for "smart" energy. And now "innovation" is the buzzword. [continue reading]

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

Macie Melendez

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. [continue reading]

I’ll Take “Home Energy is making me smarter” for $1,600

I’ll Take “Home Energy is making me smarter” for $1,600

Macie Melendez

It was during a Double Jeopardy round a couple of weeks ago that I actually realized how much I’ve learned in my Assistant Editor role here at Home Energy. As one (actual) contestant asked for the $1,600 clue under the Architecture category, I waited at home, on my couch, to shout the answer. [continue reading]

Building Reuse Trumps Demolition

Building Reuse Trumps Demolition

Macie Melendez

A recent report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse. This study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, "when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction." [continue reading]

A New Track For Clean Air Compliance

A New Track For Clean Air Compliance

Macie Melendez

As mandated under the Clean Air Act, a suite of upcoming air regulations will soon impose limits on the emissions of multiple air pollutants. A new report done by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reveals how energy efficiency can be used by states, policymakers, and utilities developing compliance strategies to meet the goals of federal air regulations. The report, “Energy Efficiency: The Slip Switch to a New Track Toward Compliance with ... [continue reading]

Three Jokers in The Energy Deck

Three Jokers in The Energy Deck

Elisa Wood

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) suggests the possibility. Re-invented with today’s smart energy technologies, energy efficiency could displace 40 to 60 percent of our total energy needs by the year 2050, according to The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential: What the Evidence Suggests. [continue reading]

California Program Would Help Homeowners Increase Energy Efficiency, Buy Solar Panels at No Upfront Cost

California Program Would Help Homeowners Increase Energy Efficiency, Buy Solar Panels at No Upfront Cost

Brad Copithorne

Last week, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) released a proposal by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that, if adopted, would create the nation’s first statewide on-bill repayment (OBR) program for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to be financed entirely by third parties. [continue reading]

Big Energy Savings from Battery-Powered Products

Big Energy Savings from Battery-Powered Products

Pierre Delforge

By a 3-0 vote at the end of last week, the California Energy Commission adopted a minimum energy efficiency standard for battery chargers, making California the first state in the nation to do so. [continue reading]

The Passive House Revolution

The Passive House Revolution

Charlie Hoxie

In the U.S., green building can mean a lot of things — recycled greywater, roof gardens, solar panels and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification all come to mind. But in Europe, many green builders focus laser-like on the amount of energy a building consumes, half of which typically comes from heating and cooling. Twenty years ago, German physicists erected a home that ... [continue reading]

U.S. Beats Expectations Saving Energy

U.S. Beats Expectations Saving Energy

Elisa Wood

Americans tend to beat themselves up over their imperfections. We eat too much, watch too much TV, and owe China too much money. Despite all of our sloth, we can feel good about one area: our progress saving energy. [continue reading]

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