What’s One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Save Energy?

Pop quiz: What's one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy? It's generally invisible to consumers and businesses, but can have a big impact on their pocketbooks. Answer: Implementing energy efficiency standards is a powerful tool for cutting energy use in both homes and businesses. The Department of Energy is charged with the task of … [Read more...]

Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards

The Department of Energy  has issued new efficiency standards  that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace … [Read more...]

Obama Bypasses Congress and Turns to Big Business to Make Energy Efficiency Happen

It’s never a bad thing to have the leader of the free world in your corner. And President Barrack Obama made clear again last week that he’s with energy efficiency. At a Walmart in Silicon Valley, Obama laid out his next round of green energy expansion plans. Sexy solar got much of the play in the media coverage. But staid energy efficiency was in … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Belts Home Runs with New Energy Saving Standards

The Obama administration hit two home runs with new energy saving standards announced by President Obama along with other clean energy actions in California last week. The two new standards, covering electric motors and walk-in coolers and freezers will reduce energy waste, save money and cut pollution. Billions of dollars in net savings will make … [Read more...]

New Refrigeration Efficiency Standards To Take a Bite out of Supermarket and Restaurant Energy Costs

The Department of Energy has issued a final rule for strong new efficiency standards  that will take a big bite out of the energy consumption of the refrigerators and freezers used in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and commercial kitchens. The significant reductions in energy use that we’ll see with the new standards are made … [Read more...]

Despite Chaos, Department of Energy Moves Forward with Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy recently took an important step forward by issuing a proposed rule on energy efficiency standards for furnace fans.  If made final after public comment, this initiative will save American consumers at least hundreds of millions of dollars in lower energy bills over a thirty year period and several billion more in avoided … [Read more...]