Boasting a savings of 12% whole house energy consumption savings it is tempting to immediately order new highly insulated windows for the whole house. But before you do, consider the payback. Sure, you will be snug as a bug inside the house but according to the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), it (more…)
Energy efficiency has been widely touted as the first step people should take in order to reduce their consumption of energy. Reducing one’s use of electricity or fossil fuels is a relatively inexpensive action to take, and a variety of companies are beginning to recognize the value of this. For one thing, utilities across the country are now providing incentives to customers that install energy efficient appliances in their homes. In addition, many new companies have sprouted up recently that provide energy efficiency services, including demand response. As our electric grid gets more congested and as we continue to deplete our fossil fuel resources, energy efficiency will play an increasingly important role in preserving our environment and our way of life.
Energy efficiency awareness undoubtedly leads to money saved in the long run for consumers. The less energy used, the less homeowners have to spend on utilities that help them find comfort while working and relaxing. Although there are many factors to consider when converting homes into eco-friendly, energy efficient ones, an often (more…)
Americans spend thousands of dollars on their energy bills each year, contributing not only to increased financial pressure, but also to greater carbon emissions. While heating and lighting are the biggest contributors to high energy bills, electronic devices are starting to take an even bigger chunk out of household expenses. With people buying up (more…)
Picture yourself back in 1995 for a moment. Besides questionable music and fashion choices, we were at the start of some troubling trends in energy. The fuel economy of our cars and trucks had flatlined for five years, and they would stay that way for another 15. We were producing less and less of our own fuel at home, and biofuels were barely on the map, let alone (more…)
Maryland is primed to expand and incentivize use of the International Green Construction Code. In 2011, Maryland was the first state in the country to authorize use of the IgCC for private and public construction.
It is not surprising the IgCC found Maryland fertile ground. Relative to its population, Maryland has more green building projects than any other state. (more…)
The new ORION software from United Parcel Service (UPS) is helping the company further its goal to make its delivery operations more sustainable. The company has maintained a focus on optimizing delivery routes, which has helped save several millions of gallons of gas over the years. The new software is designed to institutionalize that process of (more…)
“A Day in the Life” has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the 28th greatest song of all time. We enjoy statistics, .. although maybe not so much that college statistics class. Statistics offer a useful way to interpret information, including analyzing business opportunities. (more…)
Like a good financial portfolio, it appears that diversification is a successful strategy for America’s Energy Productivity according to the environmental action group, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). But, the NRDC notes that while the energy portfolio clearly should include a combination of all energies, the single most effective tool in maximizing our energy (more…)
Hastings on Hudson, a village with a population of just over 9,400, located east of the Hudson River, less than 20 miles north of Times Square, conducted a final public hearing last evening on its custom written Green Building Code.
The Code is unique because it was written by a (more…)