Green Bragging Rights: Cities with the Most Energy Star Buildings

Good schools, high employment and low crime used to be the bragging (or shame) points for city mayors. Now green and clean energy also tops the list. This week the Environmental Protection Agency offered up another metric for mayors to consider when comparing their energy performance to others:  How many  Energy Star buildings are within your … [Read more...]

Know the Nuances of Energy Benchmarking

By Scott Tew, Ingersoll Rand Energy efficiency can be an abstract term and people often struggle to grasp what it is. This is why programs, such as building energy benchmarking, have seen a rise in popularity over the past five years. Energy benchmarking creates awareness of a building’s energy usage in comparison to buildings in the same … [Read more...]

Tenant Star: Cost-Saving Real Estate Energy Efficiency Solutions Power through the House

The U.S. House has passed an energy efficiency bill that includes a groundbreaking “Tenant Star” program designed to accelerate energy efficiency in leased commercial spaces, which could cut utility bills for landlords and tenants by an estimated $2 billion dollars by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by nearly 12 million metric tons. The … [Read more...]

Are We Investing Energy Efficiency Dollars in the Wrong Buildings?

It’s not easy deciding what buildings merit our energy efficiency dollars. In fact, the obvious choices may be the wrong choices. That’s the takeaway from a report issued today that is bound to stir up some discussion within the energy efficiency industry. Produced by Boston-based analytics firm Retroficiency, the “Building Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]

Why You Can’t Always Trust Energy Efficiency Data

The energy efficiency  industry is mad for data, especially anything that will give insight into what spurs consumers to save energy or buy green products. But unfortunately, not all data is good data and some leads the industry astray. Take for example the oft-cited surveys that consumers are willing to pay more for green energy. This led several … [Read more...]

Energy Star failings: Much ado about something

By Elisa Wood August 26, 2010 As suspected, Energy Star appliances do not always live up to their energy savings claims, according to preliminary results of laboratory tests reported his week by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE began testing the appliances after watchdogs raised serious questions about the federal labeling program. The … [Read more...]

What energy efficiency type are you?

By Elisa Wood July 29, 2010 Not so long ago, consumers seemed to like energy efficiency just a little bit more than going to the dentist. Clearly that has changed, as evidenced by the recent run on appliance and home retrofit subsidies in several states. Greens are no longer alone in swooning over front loader washing machines and geothermal … [Read more...]

EnergyStar shakes-up enforcement: Announcement of new measures to increase energy efficiency compliance

By Christopher Wold *Guest Blogger Most Americans are familiar with the blue-and-white EnergyStar logo, which has an almost 20-year history of helping consumers “save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.” Jointly managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, the … [Read more...]

A green cure for the blues

By Stephen L. Cowell Guest Blogger* May 27, 2010 Now that it has passed the House of Representatives with flying colors (246 to 161), we are this close to making Home Star a reality. This is the plan, supported on both sides of the aisle, which would give U.S. homeowners rebates for energy efficiency improvements and cut energy consumption. Most … [Read more...]

There’s a new sheriff in town

DOE takes on enforcement of standards By Marianne DiMascio It’s likely that you’ve heard of EnergyStar and seen the recent headlines about US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency efforts to ensure that appliances are as energy efficient as the blue EnergyStar label indicates. It’s less likely that you’ve heard of a parallel … [Read more...]