Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home retains and expels air can dramatically transform the way you experience your spaces and use electricity? Joining us this week to share 5 Tips on how we can better green our homes is green visionary and sustainable pioneer David Johnston who focuses on easy changes you can make with your appliances, air exchange, insulation and even windows that will pave the way to dramatic savings. Undoubtedly an expert on all things energy, David shares his over 30 years of experience and gives us a snapshot of some of the best ways we can reduce our energy consumption by up to 50%!
The likelihood of carbon legislation with the 113th U.S. Congress will require a bipartisan effort that has minimal chance of materializing at this point. However, energy efficiency does enjoy bipartisan support and will likely prove to be the most successful approach to regulating carbon emissions, albeit in an indirect fashion. Currently there are energy efficiency bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate Bill 1392, which was introduced in July, is called the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013”.The Bill also includes a proposal to provide economic incentives for advanced motor and drive systems. It is being sponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat from New Hampshire and has 18 co-sponsors including nine Republicans, eight Democrats, and one Independent. Senate Bill 1392 is related to Senate Bill 761 and House Bill 1616, both energy efficiency bills which were introduced in early Spring 2013. The National Association of Manufacturers has endorsed the Senate Bill 1392.
Achieving deep energy retrofits is an essential part of achieving our nation’s energy-use-reduction targets. But we’re not going to get there using the same, tired process that we have been using for the past 20 years. That’s where, surprisingly enough, a federal agency is stepping in and taking the bull by the horns. The General Services Administration (GSA) is the nation’s largest public real estate organization—it manages more than 7,000 properties that provide workspace for some 1.2 million federal employees. With such an immense real estate portfolio comes the opportunity for equally big energy savings and positive impact.
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