The Curse of the TRC

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The Curse of the TRC

Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs

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Pulling Utilities Together: Water-Energy Partnerships

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July 01, 1993

Install high-efficiency showerheads and faucets in the average U.S. house, and the water meter will report about 6,000 gallons of water saved in one year. Not bad. But the savings continue. If the house has an electric water heater, the electric meter will show about 600 kilowatt-hours savings; if it's a gas heater, the savings will be 30 therms. [continue reading]

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SMUD'S Solar Water Heating Program

Author: Cliff Murley
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May 01, 1993

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) serves roughly 60,000 residential customers with electric water heaters, each consuming up to 5,500 kWh annually. [continue reading]

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IRS To Lose Its Slice of Utility Rebates

Author: Cyril Penn
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May 01, 1993

Residential utility customers who receive rebates for installing energy-efficient appliances in 1993 will no longer have to share a cut with Uncle Sam because under the newly enacted Federal Energy Policy Act, the rebates aren't taxable. [continue reading]

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Snohomish PUD Slashes Conservation

Author: Ted Rieger
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May 01, 1993

The Snohomish County Public Utility District, an electric utility in Everett, Washington, unexpectedly dropped its conservation plans for 1994 after failing to negotiate a new contract with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for a "conservation power plant." [continue reading]

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RECYCLING REFRIGERATORS: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?

Author: Carol Nelson
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January 01, 1993

Over the past decade, a number of utilities in the United States and Canada have successfully implemented programs to collect and dismantle old refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners from their residential customers. [continue reading]

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HAULING IN THE CULPRITS: MICHIGAN'S BOUNTY PILOT

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January 01, 1993

The Michigan Public Service Commission examined the potential of picking up operating, second refrigerators in the mid-1980s. [continue reading]

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SMUD'S REFRIGERATOR GRAVEYARD - CONDITIONS OF THE DECEASED

Author: Willem Bos
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January 01, 1993

As part of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) high efficiency refrigerator program, the district offers an incentive of $100 to customers who trade in an older refrigerator in conjunction with the purchase of a new model. [continue reading]

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Performance Contracting: An ESCo Perspective

Author: Greg Thomas
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November 01, 1992

Residential performance contracting presents great opportunities and great risks for both the utility and the energy service company (ESCo). [continue reading]

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

Sarah Smith

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

If you are investigating options for renovating an older home or building a new domicile, it’s likely that ...

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Ted Shoemaker

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

People often avoid ventilating rooms during the cold season to avoid loss of heat. But this, the German Energy Agency (...

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