Efficiency Standards: The Cost-Effective Way to Save Energy

Efficiency standards are the most cost-effective way to save money, says Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. While AHRI says the government is moving too quickly to implement standards, deLaski says, if anything, the process is too slow and explains how it works. … [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...]

Significant Progress on Energy Efficiency in 2013—And 2014 Could Be Even Better

(This post originally appeared on the ACEEE Blog.)As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency policies in 2013. Among the … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…This Week’s Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Interesting quotes about energy efficiency we picked up this week. BestBreaking good with appliance standards "Those of us who have been hopelessly glued to AMC’s Breaking Bad for the past five seasons, or have been binge watching the latest Netflix offering late into the night, will be happy to learn that the new televisions bringing us these … [Read more...]

More Irony as the House Contradicts Itself on Energy Efficiency Standards

By Marianne DiMascio Outreach Director Appliance Standards Awareness ProjectThe House of Representatives tacked on two amendments to the Energy and Water spending bill Wednesday that would limit DOE’s ability to carry out requirements mandated by none other than…Congress. One amendment would stop DOE from enforcing lighting efficiency standards … [Read more...]