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By John Otterbein | Wed, January 21, 2015
LEDs are steadily moving to the forefront of retail shelves as energy efficiency programs continue to financially support their widespread adoption. With the cheapest ENERGY STAR certified LEDs costing about $10 each, efficiency program rebates are necessary if prices are to come close to other alternatives. Strong signals, however, are indicating that the LED invasion is beginning to gain some…
By John Otterbein | Mon, August 4, 2014
John Otterbein, Marketing Communications Associate Throw some popcorn in an energy efficient microwave, turn down the overhead, living-room LEDS with your shiny-new home energy management system, and join our story’s protagonist, energy efficiency, on a myriad of journeys. Every year we nominate, film, and present video case studies highlighting forward thinking businesses that have…
By John Otterbein | Tue, April 29, 2014
It happens to the best of us.. We've all attended events that brandish flashy titles and pithy tag-lines that turn out to be a few experts taking turns projecting their esoteric insights and aptitudes onto an audience that, in large part, are not in the right frame of mind to effectively accept and/or digest that information. It’s not that what’s being said isn't important or intelligent; it’s…
By John Otterbein | Wed, October 16, 2013
Energy savings tips from NEEP staff. October is passing like the brisk wind that blows leaves from their heightened homes, colorful vestiges of spring and summer are littering the soon to be frozen landscape. The sun emits lower and lazier rays, forcing house lights to switch on earlier every subsequent autumn afternoon. Frigid winds force the windows closed and ramp up the heaters to full…
By John Otterbein | Mon, September 30, 2013
October presents the opportunity to enjoy the changing foliage, dress-up as Miley Cyrus (Disney version, please) and collect enough brick-sized candy bars to construct a fortress to house your favorite Halloween nightmares while you slip into your hard earned, sugar-induced slumbers. Exciting, indeed, but what about those of us who aren’t teenagers anymore and still want to mark October as a…
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By John Otterbein | Wed, July 3, 2013
A towering array of television sets at the ICA in Boston, MA (Barry McGee exhibit) I was recently at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, MA where I was amazed to find a forty foot-tall stack of Tv's showing some of Barry McGee's finest work. This exhibit got me thinking about NEEP's opportunity for our own, virtual TV stack. Grab a bag of popcorn, an overpriced candy bar, and…
By John Otterbein | Wed, June 5, 2013
The Springfield tornado demolished more than 40 buildings and caused over $100 million in damages. Natural disasters are here to stay and our communities need to be as prepared as possible and ready for any natural upheaval, anywhere, at any time. Preparing for natural disturbances, or even disasters, ahead of time is imperative to minimize potential damage and reduce fatality. The need for…
By John Otterbein | Fri, May 24, 2013
NEEP's Student Scholarship Program serves as a great stepping stone into Energy Efficiency. Imagine being in a dark room with nothing but a flashlight. Focus is narrowed down to the width of the hand-held beam. This narrow focus limits the options of opportunity within the room. Once the battery dies, the room goes pitch black. After a good amount of time passes, a slight memory wells up.…

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