Appliance Standards Change the World in 2015 – Quietly  

Appliance standards don’t get the same attention as international climate talks in Paris or renewed U.S. solar tax credits. Yet they have a profound impact on the environment and energy economy -- especially the historic standards announced last week by the U.S. government. The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new standards for rooftop air … [Read more...]

Take Two Aspirin and Get a New Thermostat: Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency

We write about energy efficiency mostly in terms of its economic or environmental virtues. Less attention goes to the health benefits of energy efficiency. They deserve a closer look. To that end, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) recently produced a document that spells … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News… A Billionaire’s Clean Energy Bike and a Twist on Geothermal

Quick energy efficiency news for this week… Could your morning workout power a home? Billionaire Manoj Bhargava thinks so. As part of his new hobby to solve the world’s greatest problems – like universal access to clean energy – he built a battery-equipped stationary bike that can provide energy for a home’s basic energy needs, e.g. lights and … [Read more...]

‘Global Warming’ Leaves Americans Cold…and More Quick Energy Efficiency News for this Week

Quick energy efficiency news for this week… We’ll have to ditch the terms “global warming” and “climate change” if we want to advance U.S. energy and environmental policy. Research presented in the book, Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think About Energy in the Age of Global Warming, conducted in conjunction with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), … [Read more...]

Where Do We Go Now, Energy Efficiency Community?

Not so long ago compact flourescent lights were transformational. Today they are pretty much what many people pick up at the store when they need lights (unless they are buying LEDs.) So what will the next phase of energy efficiency look like? That’s the question asked and answered in a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…At Age 125 Carnegie Hall Goes Green…EE Calculator for Policymakers…Kudos to CREE

You’re never too old to be green. At the ripe age of 125, Carnegie Hall has achieved silver certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. This makes the famed concert hall one of the oldest and most notable buildings to achieve such distinction, according to Siemens, which helped modernize almost 165,000 square feet of … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Advocates See Poison Pill in Major US Energy Bill

Two leading U.S. energy efficiency organizations are not happy with a comprehensive Senate energy bill, saying that it unravels a stakeholder agreement on appliance standards for furnaces. At issue is language in The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, which its backers hope will be the first major energy bill passed by Congress since 2007. … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Progress: What We’ve Gained in 35 Years

You would have $2,500 less in your pocket if it weren’t for energy efficiency progress over the last 35 years in the United States. That’s one of the findings in a new report by the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, “Energy Efficiency in the United States: 35 Years and Counting," by Steven Nadel, Neal Elliott, and Therese … [Read more...]

Boston Takes Top Spot Again in City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Boston again took top place in the city energy efficiency scorecard, released last week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The capital of Massachusetts not only has its own energy efficiency initiatives, but also benefits from being part of a state that has been number one for four years running in a similar state … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency and Community Resilience: Making the Connection to Keep the Lights on and Our homes Warm

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In this post, which originally appeared on the ACEEE Blog,  David Ribeiro  explains the connection between energy efficiency and  community resilience. Communities face a growing number of stresses that pose risks to their energy systems and economies. These include aging infrastructure in need of costly maintenance upgrades and severe weather … [Read more...]