The $40 Billion Hiding in US Buildings

By Elisa Wood April 29, 2013 A pretty big wad of money – $40 billion – is hiding somewhere inside the lights, AC, thermostats, furnaces and fans of our offices, stores, hospitals and schools. That’s the amount of money the federal government estimates we can save annually by reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020.  To … [Read more...]

Charging Cell Phones With A Cooking Pot

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews two University of Utah students who invented a portable cook pot that doubles as a thermoelectric generator, primarily to charge cell phones. They raised $126,000 on Kickstarter and created a startup, Power Practical, which aims to sell the product in developing countries, as well as in existing … [Read more...]

New York: Getting the Price Right for Energy Efficiency

New York officials are scrutinizing the cost of energy efficiency – especially when it’s needed fast – as they prepare for the possible shutdown of a nuclear plant. Energy efficiency insiders will want to keep an eye on this public service commission proceeding for two reasons. First, it offers a potential 100 MW in business opportunity. Second, … [Read more...]

Consumer Apathy and Anger About Energy Bills

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Suzanne Shelton, founder and CEO of the Shelton Group, which is a marketing and communications agency that focuses on sustainability and energy efficiency. A new study from the Shelton Group shows a decline in purchases of energy efficiency products and services by consumers. Shelton says consumers are … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Finds Its Cell Phone: Part III

By Elisa Wood April 15, 2013 The cell phone is quickly becoming a handy tool for tracking home energy use and even switching appliances on and off from afar. It also turns out to be a good way for consumers to view the inner workings of the electric grid – as ISO New England is showing. ISO-NE in September became the first grid operator to create … [Read more...]

Employment Growth, Job Needs and Policy Trends in Energy Services

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Suzanne Jones, Vice President at the Association of Energy Services Professionals.  Jones talks about the organization's new report on the state of the industry: policymakers are focused on energy efficiency, employment in energy services is growing, and workers will be needed soon. Employment Growth, Job … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Finds its Cell Phone: Part II

By Elisa Wood April 4, 2013 If you're an energy efficiency geek and your refrigerator breaks down, you probably think, "Yes! A chance to buy a new super energy-saving model." But you're the exception. Most consumers consider price tag before ENERGY STAR certification. Human nature being what it is, they choose the cheaper model even if it costs … [Read more...]

Higher Prices and More EE To Spur EE? Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters continues her interview with Susan Mazur-Stommen, ACEEE’s Program Director for Behavior and Human Dimensions, about her new report, “Trusted Partners: Everyday Energy Efficiency Across the South.” Higher Prices and More EE To Spur EE? Part 2] Follow our podcast feed or find us on itunes. … [Read more...]