Category: News

Renewables are getting cheaper but energy efficiency, on average, still costs utilities less

New data by Lazard, a financial advisory firm, shows that prices for renewable electricity declined again this year, continuing their downward trend. But the data, released last month, miss another critical clean energy resource. Energy efficiency–the kilowatt-hours we avoid by eliminating waste–remains, on average, our nation’s least-cost resource. Efficiency also delivers a host of other benefits. It … Read More

Can utilities incorporate energy efficiency into their core business? With performance incentives, they can

As the utility business model changes, more states are offering utilities incentives to increase energy efficiency by making it as appealing as traditional investments. Our new topic brief, released today, explores performance incentives for utilities in 29 states, focusing on nine innovative states in particular. New Jersey is one example. In September, the state’s largest utility, … Read More

Is your holiday energy use naughty or nice?

Don’t worry, we won’t tell you to nix your holiday light show—at least, not entirely. There are a lot of easy steps you can take to make your festive displays more energy efficient. Switch to LED lights. Outside or on your tree, LED string lights will shine bringer and last ten times longer(link is external) … Read More

4 Tips To Save Energy (And Money) During Your Winter Travels

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season – and hopefully means trips to visit friends, family, and warmer weather. Whatever the occasion, consider these four tips for reducing energy use during your travels: Check your tire pressure – As temperatures get colder, the pressure of the air in your car tires decreases. In … Read More

Local Governments Attempt to Engage Residents, Hold Contests, and Try Games To Inspire Energy-Saving Behaviors

Nearly two-thirds of behavior-based programs for saving energy involve in-person contact with residents, such as home energy audits, according to a new survey of 50 such programs nationwide. As energy efficiency programs increasingly target behavior, local governments are taking diverse approaches. Our new report, Reducing Energy Waste through Municipally Led Behavior Change Programs, shows that … Read More

4 Ways To Increase Home Energy Efficiency Before The Cold Sets In

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping which means… winter is coming! If only putting on that ugly holiday sweater and thinking about chestnuts roasting on an open fire could keep us warm all season long. Unfortunately, colder temperatures also mean rising utility costs in much of the country. Home heating is … Read More

The Sustainable Sugar Rush: How Candy Companies are Saving Energy

When you reach for that candy bar this Halloween, don’t just count calories—count kilowatt-hours. Big candy manufacturers use a lot of energy to feed our sugar addiction, especially this time of year. The average American consumes about 22 pounds of candy per year, which is the weight of roughly 2,200 Hershey’s kisses. That’s a lot … Read More

Paving the Way for Our Future Transportation Network While Using Less Energy

Transportation in the U.S. is in the midst of a revolution. The steadily increasing number of electric vehicles available provide cleaner options with lower operating costs. Autonomous vehicles, when they arrive, will undoubtedly reshape our daily routines. And ride-hailing and transit payment apps will continue to influence how many people interact with the transportation system. … Read More

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