Energy innovation: Snails and Griddies

By Elisa Wood May 31, 2012   Ask most people to describe vanguard energy technology, and they’ll name LED lights, certain forms of solar energy and new electric storage methods. But how about this – generating energy from a living body? The Journal of the American Chemical Society is reporting a “real-life scientific tail of the first … [Read more...]

Taking the Mystery out of Rebates and Incentives

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Doug Bloom, CEO of RealWinWin, which finds, collect and creates rebates and other incentives to make energy projects more cost-effective. He describes available rebates and trends in cost-effective EE.   Taking the Mystery out of Rebates and Incentives] … [Read more...]

Top 10 LED Reflector Bulbs-Efficient & Appealing Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Adam Cooper, research manager for the Institute for Energy Efficiency, which recently identified the top ten LED reflector bulbs—the bulbs that are the most energy efficient and appealing to consumers.   Top 10 LED Reflector Bulbs-Efficient & Appealing Part 2] … [Read more...]

Changing the energy game with the ‘power of one’

By Elisa Wood May 23, 2012 Who among us has not eagerly described the smart meter to a non-energy person only to be greeted by a blank stare, or worse the retort: “Why would I want to track my electricity costs all day?” You try to explain the profound applications: smart appliances that talk to the power grid, consumer clubs that sell energy … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency: What are the laggards thinking?

Why do some states avoid creating policies that encourage consumers and businesses to save energy? What’s the psychology of the laggards? A  report by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy sheds some insight as it examines the states that consistently fall behind in the organization’s annual energy efficiency ranking. The bottom … [Read more...]

Top 10 LED Reflector Bulbs-Efficient & Appealing Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Adam Cooper, research manager for the Institute for Energy Efficiency, which recently identified the top ten LED reflector bulbs—the bulbs that are the most energy efficient and appealing to consumers.   Top 10 LED Reflector Bulbs-Efficient & Appealing Part 1] … [Read more...]

How to become energy efficiency’s #1

By Elisa Wood May 10, 2012 It’s easy to get the impression that technology game-changers happen in a near flash. And the stories of Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple leave us thinking that genius pops right out of the dorm room. But in the energy industry it’s not that easy. The innovation we see today often stems from years of late … [Read more...]

The Many Net Zero Home Benefits Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Mike Murphy, executive vice president, Nexus EnergyHomes, which won builder of the year from the National Assoc. of Home Builders. He describes the benefits of net zero homes and the challenges of getting more built.   The Many Net Zero Home Benefits Part 2] … [Read more...]

The Many Net Zero Home Benefits Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Mike Murphy, executive vice president, Nexus EnergyHomes, which won builder of the year from the National Assoc. of Home Builders. He describes the benefits of net zero homes and the challenges of getting more built.   The Many Net Zero Home Benefits Part 1] … [Read more...]

Critical need for energy savings and loan performance data remains unmet

By Kat Friedrich Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets May 2, 2012 A vast gap exists between the detailed information financial institutions need to support energy efficiency financing and the limited data they currently have. Several examples suggest these loan programs can succeed, but there are no large datasets supporting investment in … [Read more...]