Monday, August 15th, 2011
Last year, my wife and I went through the delightful process of buying a home (I also had to sell a home, but that’s a post for another time). While we can look back and laugh about it now, there were many times when we thought the deal would fall apart.
The home which we now own is an older home, built (more…)
Monday, August 1st, 2011
A white paper authored by Schneider Electric suggests that meeting greenhouse gas emissions targets will fail unless “Active Energy Efficiency” becomes compulsory. They define “Active Energy Efficiency” as “effecting permanent change through measurement, monitoring and control of energy (more…)
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
While the U.S. is known around the world for innovative companies like Google and Facebook, there is a new vanguard of American companies creating and exporting clean energy technologies,” said Jim Kapsis. His company, OPower, an (more…)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
While every forward-thinking company has certainly become aware that it’s good business to be more efficient, to create less waste, and to monitor energy usage and expenses closely, what’s going to drive real changes in behavior that lead to those ends: public policy from federal and local governments, or (more…)
Sunday, June 26th, 2011
Luxury car technology is now being used to make wastewater treatment plants more efficient.
Although great advances have been made since the days when human waste was merely tossed into the street, about half the raw sewage generated in the U.S. never gets treated before it reaches open water. (more…)
Monday, June 13th, 2011
Last week, temperatures soared into the triple digits, reaching record highs for the Twin Cities. After a wicked winter, I actually welcomed the heat with open arms. That is, until the temperature inside my house hit a steamy 86 degrees – even with curtains closed and fans circulating. And while I pride myself on (more…)
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Well, I’m usually not one to say “I told you so” but, at the very least, a new study from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) supports my “preaching” about energy efficiency over the past year.
According to a recent EDF report, if homeowners adopted certain energy reduction behaviors – based on data generated from information-based (more…)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Let’s be honest. Many of us probably had trouble paying attention one or two times in middle school science class. While the occasional frog dissection and "potato-volt" experiments were cool, not all of us got up in the morning, scarfed down Cocoa Puffs and got geeked about test tubes and (more…)
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
There is a corner of the Federal government that, unless you are as data obsessed as I am, you never knew existed. For the part 25 years, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has collected baseline data on commercial building energy usage, known as CBECS. CBECS is the only government source of (more…)
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
According to an AIA study, between 2006 and 2009, municipalities with green building programs increased by 50%. Many programs sponsored by municipalities, states, utilities and the federal government are designed to promote energy efficiency and green construction.