On-bill financing: Why isn’t everybody doing it?

By Elisa Wood December 15, 2011 If someone told me they could improve the efficiency of my computer so that it operates quicker, at no extra cost to me, I can’t imagine I’d turn them away. Yet, the energy efficiency industry offers a similar option for homes and businesses and at least so far, consumers aren’t flocking to the programs. On-bill … [Read more...]

Innovative Clean Energy Financing Using Property Tax Increase

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Dan Schaefer, president of Ygrene, which has launched a clean energy finance and job creation model. Ygrene's PACE enables building owners to fund renewable energy and efficiency improvements at no upfront cost though an annual assessment on building owners' tax bills. The savings pays back the cost of … [Read more...]

Fixing people, not just buildings

By Elisa Wood December 7, 2011 Electric utilities operated under a rarified business model for decades. Their customers were captive so they rarely had to think about what motivated them to buy. New government energy efficiency mandates have changed that, and done so with an ironic twist. Now utilities must figure how to get their customers to … [Read more...]

EE Important to 95% of Americans, But…

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Chris Hartmann, executive vice president and CEO of Rexel Holdings USA, one of the world2019s largest electrical distributors, about an international study that showed 95% of Americans consider EE an important issue. However, fewer Americans have taken action than people in Europe. What motivates … [Read more...]

Know true costs; Save real energy

By Guest Blogger Kara Saul Rinaldi November 30, 2011 More than half of the states in the nation have created programs to increase the energy efficiency of homes through a comprehensive approach that looks at all opportunities to save energy, from insulation to upgrading heating and cooling systems. When taxpayer and ratepayer dollars are used, it … [Read more...]

What motivates consumers to use less energy part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Susan Mazur-Stommen, director of the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program for ACEEE, about her plans to radically change our programs for motivating people to conserve energy.   What motivates consumers to use less energy part 2] … [Read more...]