February 2014

By Jim Merriam | Thu, February 13, 2014
Thanks to Jim Merriam, and his team at Efficiency Vermont, for contributing this great piece comparing ROIs of some common investments with energy efficiency investments. Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont When the Efficiency Vermont team works with our customers in businesses and homes, we acknowledge that the choice to use energy more wisely is often an investment. Sometimes it is…
By Samantha Bresler | Wed, February 12, 2014
As NEEP bids farewell to the incandescent light bulb, and congratulates ten cities in the United States for their embrace of efficient lighting, Congress has, unfortunately, yielded to obstinate consumers. Congress’ recent budget deal denies the U.S. Department of Energy funding to enforce new efficient lighting standards for lamps, which have disqualified the traditional incandescent light bulb…
By Dave McMahon | Fri, February 7, 2014
Dave McMahon, Co-Executive Director of Dismas House Energy costs can be an enormous burden to social service providers who typically operate on a shoe-string, and often in older, in-efficient facilities. Finding ways to save energy is crucial to stretching our budgets and increasing comfort for residents— while also reducing environmental impact of our buildings. The Worcester Green Low…
By Kevin Rose | Tue, February 4, 2014
Unless Massachusetts communities push to update the state’s Stretch Code before July 1, 2014, the 20% boost in building energy efficiency it provides will evaporate, creating market confusion and violate the very concept behind its inception. What is the Massachusetts Stretch Code? If the title and picture seem completely bizarre to you, I’d highly recommend watching Dr. Strangelove after you…
By Claire Miziolek | Tue, February 4, 2014
A big priority to emerge from NEEP’s Business and Consumer Electronics Strategy is capturing the significant energy efficiency gains from “smarter” energy use in the home. New all-in-one home energy management software is becoming increasingly available to those willing to change their energy consuming behaviors. So how do we change deeply entrenched behavioral patterns to align with more…

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