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DOE Making Energy Efficiency Retrofits A Priority

DOE Making Energy Efficiency Retrofits A Priority

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Sept. 14 that it will allocate $454 million to a new program to make energy efficiency retrofits happen in homes and businesses. New construction is increasingly incorporating ways to conserve energy and water use, but existing buildings continue to gobble up energy in wasteful and detrimental ways.

Is Sustainable Development an Oxymoron?

Is Sustainable Development an Oxymoron?

As modern society increasingly becomes a single, globalized civilization, the quality of life that post-industrial nations have come to expect is now is becoming achievable around the world. Living on a planet of finite resources, widespread development can only last so long; it’s not sustainable over the long-term.

Strive to be a “Zero”

Strive to be a “Zero”

We have been conditioned to think that more is better and bigger is the best. Never could this be so far from the truth, especially when it comes to your home!

Illinois Enacts Energy Efficiency Codes

Illinois Enacts Energy Efficiency Codes

New homes in Illinois will be built in accordance with codes passed by the state legislature and just signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The new standards that make up the Energy Efficient Building Act aim to save families money on energy bills and reduce energy waste in the home as well as pollution emissions from power plants.

Local Township Explores 80 Percent Energy Savings With LED Lighting

Local Township Explores 80 Percent Energy Savings With LED Lighting

In the United States, buildings account for 40 percent of the nation’s energy consumption. A good portion of that usage, approximately 20 to 35 percent, comes from lighting. The opportunity to lower that segment of consumption is increasingly occurring by upgrading lighting.

Largest US Energy Consumer Gets $20 Billion For Efficiency Retrofits

Largest US Energy Consumer Gets $20 Billion For Efficiency Retrofits

The federal government, America’s largest energy consumer, has been allocated $20 billion by the Department of Energy (DOE) to make federal buildings more energy efficient.

$500 Million Cleanup Transforms Former Superfund Site Into Green Complex By 2012

$500 Million Cleanup Transforms Former Superfund Site Into Green Complex By 2012

One of the United States’ most polluted sites is slated to become the location of a United Nations-sponsored climate change complex, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said Aug. 10.

German Study Finds LED Lights More Efficient, Environmentally Friendly

German Study Finds LED Lights More Efficient, Environmentally Friendly

A new German study looking at the life-cycle of light emitting diode (LED) lighting shows that LED lights are far more efficient and environmentally friendly than conventional

Lighting Retrofits Saving Up To 80 Percent In Commercial Sector

Lighting Retrofits Saving Up To 80 Percent In Commercial Sector

In the last two years, numerous corporations and businesses have undertaken LED lighting retrofitting projects to reduce the amount of energy consumed on lighting. Light emitting diode (LED) lights offer many advantages over traditional lights, such as lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved strength and easier maintenance.

Philadelphia Pilot Program to Provide $3.5 Million in Solar Panels to 100 Homeowners with No Upfront Cost

Philadelphia Pilot Program to Provide $3.5 Million in Solar Panels to 100 Homeowners with No Upfront Cost

An exciting new program is available in Philadelphia to provide 100 homeowners up to $35,000 of solar panels with no upfront costs. This program aims to make solar energy affordable and practical for Philadelphia residents. Through a first-of-its-kind lease program, homeowners can lower their carbon footprint while reaping sizeable savings on their ongoing electric bill.

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