Energy efficiency

Do energy-efficiency standards bring down prices?

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Is your fridge an energy guzzling E, or a super efficient A++? Over the last 20 years people in the European Union have become used to energy consumption labels when purchasing home appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. Many predicted that the introduction of these energy-efficiency standards would increase the price of appliances, but now a study shows that energy-efficiency policies appear to drive down quality-adjusted prices – prices that are independent of new features and improvements.

IT Energy Savings for Non-Techies: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs

January 28, 2015, 12:00-1:15 CST
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This webinar will provide information and resources on driving computer and office equipment energy savings to general practitioners. Webinar presenters will review and prioritize energy savings opportunities, explain them in layman’s terms, and provide practical tips for getting IT managers and other key decision makers to support these efforts. In addition to learning about concrete next steps, webinar attendees will hear about free technical support and software made available through the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, as well as incentives from electric utilities.

Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

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Businesses that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises. Including non-energy benefits can strengthen the case for business investment in energy efficiency and also contribute to the cost-benefit screening of regional energy efficiency programs.

Extra Credit for Efficiency

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Nationwide, energy costs eat up more than $2,000 of an average household’s income each year, according to data from the Energy Information Administration—typically more than residents pay for property taxes or insurance. But that expense is rarely considered when it comes to valuing a house. In the eyes of mortgage lenders, a drafty home that leaks heat is no different than one with double-paned windows and a state-of-the art furnace.

That’s something that Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, a former Realtor, wants to remedy. His bipartisan bill with Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado would instruct federally backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration to consider energy costs in the mortgage-valuation process, alongside traditional factors such as an applicant’s likely tax and insurance bills.

5 keys to a successful energy performance contract

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Set it up well and an energy performance contract (EnPC) can achieve amazing things for businesses with must-be-met targets to save or generate their own energy. Such as finally getting postponed maintenance and asset replacement projects underway. Or overcoming scepticism that promised benefits will materialize. Or doing away with the need for upfront capital, when a project would pay for itself quickly if it could just get done.

It’s vital to get your key decision makers to understand how an EnPC approach can deliver the results they want.

That’s why I’m a huge fan of EnPCs. They’re a great vehicle to getting things done and making big dents in a business’ energy consumption and carbon emissions.

So what makes a successful EnPCs?

Simple. The good ones are planned and socialized well.

Yes, like many things in life and business, preparation is the secret to reaping the rewards an energy performance contract can deliver. So here are my five top things to get right when preparing an EnPC:

3 energy efficiency myths debunked

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Common misconceptions about efficiency not only can increase energy use, but actually can end up costing consumers and business money. From using less energy to energy audits to the cost dilemma, below are three common misconceptions that should be debunked.

Energy Efficiency Exchange 2015

August 11-13, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ
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As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example, while working to meet federal and agency-specific energy management objectives. Join project implementation specialists and subject matter experts in addressing the challenges and opportunities of energy consumption, sustainability, energy efficiency, and energy security in and across federal agencies.

Energy Efficiency Exchange 2015 will provide International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) continuing education units (CEUs) and help agencies satisfy requirements outlined in:

  • Federal Building Personnel Training Act of 2010
  • Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005
  • Executive Order (E.O.) 13423
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
  • E.O. 13653
  • President’s Performance Contracting Challenge
  • National Defense Authorization Act.