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Smart lighting will cut energy consumption by up to 30%

Smart  lighting will cut energy consumption by up to 30% | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

According to Ian Foddering, CTO of Cisco UK and Ireland, the way things are starting to change is thinking of Light as a Service (LaaS). 
Companies are beginning to look at consistent networking, so each light can be smartly managed in your home. This will enable intelligent "Load Shedding", which will let your system react to changes in supply and demand. 


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Energy Efficient Lighting

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The energy efficiency programs of these two utilities are very effective and the measures installed in 2013 will save customers more than $110 million net from reduced power consumption and saved water,” said Jeff Schlegel, Arizona representative of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a public interestorganization that advances energy efficiency in the Southwest.


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Clever cooperation of public services and private entrepreneurs to help customers to upgrade their lighting systems in order to gain in efficiency, and as a consequence, limit the power consumption in Arizona.

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Tenant Star program drives efficiency for commercial spaces

Tenant Star program drives efficiency for commercial spaces | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. House recently 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 by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by nearly 12 million metric tons.


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The future of lighting

The future of lighting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

With the final phase of the incandescent bulb ban now in effect, consumers are looking at alternatives to these energy-gobbling lights. LED bulbs — an expensive novelty not too long ago —  have come on to the scene in a big way over the last year. If you’re looking to replace you lights, we’ll tell you what you need to know about these incandescent alternatives.


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As part of budget deal, Congress blocks light bulb efficiency standards

As part of budget deal, Congress blocks light bulb efficiency standards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Shortly after the US Department of Energy helped broker a deal that would see television set-top boxes save their users a billion dollars’ worth of electricity, another branch of the government has decided to undercut energy efficiency efforts. As part of the new budget deal announced today, Congress has voted to eliminate standards for light bulb efficiency, standards that would see incandescent bulbs phased out in favor of technologies that convert far more electricity into light.


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Energy Efficiency Is Long Overdue

Energy Efficiency Is Long Overdue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On a global scale, we humans are becoming more energy efficient with each passing year. Even so, we’re exploiting only a fraction of the technological opportunities to use energy more cost-effectively. There’s a lot governments can do to put this right.


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How to Invest in Energy Efficiency to Combat Climate Change

How to Invest in Energy Efficiency to Combat Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Energy efficiency is estimated to be a multi-hundred-billion dollar investment opportunity in the U.S., but better policies are required to unlock broad-based financing from institutional investors, who together manage approximately $70 trillion in assets globally.That is the key finding of Power Factor: Institutional Investors’ Policy Priorities Can Bring Energy Efficiency to Scale, a new report issued today by Ceres and its Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR). Based on the input of nearly 30 institutional investors and other experts from the energy, policy and financial sectors, Power Factor cites three areas of policy—utility regulation, demand-generating policies and innovative financing policies—that can take energy efficiency financing to a scale sufficient to attract significant institutional investment

 


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Investment analysts estimate that climate changecould contribute 10 percent of overall risk within institutional investment portfolios. Furthermore, the International Energy Agency estimates that one-third of emissions reductions must come fromenergy efficiency in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Energy efficiency-related investments thus offer institutional investors an attractive opportunity to manage the risks of climate change while earning returns.

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How to make energy efficiency an easy sell

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Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective, easy and rapid ways to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Efficiency gains can be measured through software tools, sensor networks and predictive analytics.Yet when you talk to people in the efficiency industry, they invariably complain that people don't pay attention to efficiency measures and tools.

 

 


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"Why energy efficiency is a hard sell

The first and most obvious reason is that efficiency is still sold like insurance or vitamins: "You should do it." "It's good for you." "Wouldn't a colonoscopy be worse?" To promote efficiency, vendors need to brush up their sales pitch.

But once you cross the excitement hurdle, you start to see another complaint from customers -- namely, that it remains difficult to prove that efficiency measures work. Historically, efficiency companies have been forced to prove a negative: You saved money, but it's impossible to prove that our measures actually caused the reduction. The number of lawsuits filed against energy service companies in the past year demonstrate that not everyone is happy with the results. Improved auditing tools are helping to ameliorate this problem, but it remains an issue.

Energy efficiency vendors also often gloss over the challenges. "Energy efficiency is not easy," said Marcus Wilcox, CEO of Cascade Energy, which helps industrial and cold storage sites curb power. "It takes a sustained effort."

Another problem? Even for energy-intensive customers, energy is not always a major concern. "It can be a third-, fourth- or even fifth-level concern," Wilcox said."

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Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List

Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only continue to dominate the list, but are...

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5 Important Energy Efficient Lighting Factors

5 Important Energy Efficient Lighting Factors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Making the switch from incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent or LED bulbs can be a great process. Not only will you immediately start saving energy, but you'll be saving money as well. In addition, you can wave goodbye to the days of burning your hands when trying to change a bulb. Speaking of which, energy saving light bulbs last so long, changing them often will become a thing of the past. Before you jump head first into this switch, here are 5 very important factors that need to be considered when you're choosing the right bulbs for your needs.


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4 Tips to Build a Greener on Lighting

4 Tips to Build a Greener on Lighting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When remodeling your kitchen, think about the ways you can cut back on lighting without sacrificing the atmosphere. 
It seems natural that installing fewer lights would lead to lower costs, but that's not necessarily the case. One green lighting strategy is to place several lights around the kitchen and install different switches for each of them. That way, you can choose which lights you need at which times. It's also smart to install dimmers or motion sensors on lights. Both options cut down on unnecessary usage and cut costs. 


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U.S. energy-efficiency rankings: Where does your city stand?

U.S. energy-efficiency rankings: Where does your city stand? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a report ranking the 34 largest U.S. cities on energy efficiency.

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Chicago Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

Chicago Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Windy City is the ninth U.S. metropolis to require energy use tracking and reporting.

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Enlighten yourself on today’s Energy efficient bulbs

Enlighten yourself on today’s Energy efficient bulbs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With spring hopefully around the corner, now’s the time to begin replacing your Edison incandescents and not-so-universally-useful CFLs with today’s mercury-free, energy-efficient LED bulbs. The great news is that there’s an energy-efficient LED for just about every socket — from a candelabra to a globe.

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Ways to lower your electricity bill

Ways to lower your electricity bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

“Every dollar we spend on energy waste is something we could have done something else with,” he said. “Whether it is giving it tocharity, saving it or just buying an extra cup of coffee.”


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NEMA Supports Energy-efficiency

NEMA Supports Energy-efficiency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NEMA has proposed a simple, effective, and technology-neutral package of tax incentives for energy efficiency in buildings, factories, and the electric grid. But it is still up to building owners and managers to retrofit their buildings.

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Energy Department Announces New Investments to Drive Cost-Competitive Next Generation Efficient Lighting

Energy Department Announces New Investments to Drive Cost-Competitive Next Generation Efficient Lighting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 Building on his strong focus on energy efficiency in his first few days in office, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today five manufacturing research and development projects to support energy efficient lighting products. The projects will focus on reducing manufacturing costs, while continuing to improve the quality and performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Today’s LED lighting is six or seven times more efficient than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer. The Energy Department’s $10 million investment is matched dollar for dollar by private sector funding.


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Light Up the New Year with Energy-Efficient Bulbs

Light Up the New Year with Energy-Efficient Bulbs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like the bad arguments used to defend them, traditional incandescent bulbs put out far more heat than light. That’s why no one should lament the gradual phase-out of this more-than-century-old technology, starting two years ago with the ban on the manufacture or importation (but not sale) of 100-watt incandescent bulbs.


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California Energy Efficiency

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How important is energy efficiency to Steven Chu? When Chu was first appointed Secretary of Energy under President Obama, he spoke to United States Senators about developing better appliance standards and building codes to improve energy efficiency in their states. He also urged these leaders to push energy efficiency among their constituents, not lower energy rates. “People care about their energy bill, not energy rates.” In fact, he found that states with lower energy rates had higher usage rates.


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Energy efficiency for business

Energy efficiency for business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unlike other small businesses which shut down at the end of the working day, hotels need to run round the clock. How do they keep energy costs down?
 
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Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings

On this page you'll find information about the tax deductions available for improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, as well as links to qualified software available for calculating these savings.The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) offered businesses tax deductions for the costs of improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 extended provisions in EPACT. The following tax incentives are available under this act.

  

 

  
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New Efficiency Standards Would Tackle the Energy Hog Lurking in your Basement

Tweet Related posts: House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards Call to Action: Keep light bulb efficiency standards strong Lost Savings from Delay on Energy-Saving Standards Is $3.7 Billion and Counting Appalachian Power to launch energy...

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Energy Innovation and Security | The Energy Collective

Energy Innovation and Security | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Public policy can invest in basic research to ensure the freedom for companies to innovate and grow, and occasionally encourage the adoption of products which reduce negative externalities, but it's up to the efforts and successes of companies to...

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Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy efficient buildings

Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy efficient buildings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Much time and effort has been invested in addressing the market barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy-efficiency technologies and practices in the buildings sector. In addition to these common and well-known barriers (split incentives, asymmetrical information, higher first costs), a class of “cryptic barriers” has received less attention.These barriers are cryptic in the sense that they are hidden or unrecognized; they do not stem from the same market failures that have been the subject of extensive study and the target of many policy and program interventions. Often these cryptic barriers are aspects of building codes or standards. In this context, “standards” include safety standards, energy efficiency standards and other standards established to assure common quality or performance metrics.


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Energy Efficiency Tricks to Stop Your Energy Bill from Haunting You

Energy Efficiency Tricks to Stop Your Energy Bill from Haunting You | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It has long been said that on All Hallows’ Eve the boundary between the living world and dead thins, allowing spirits to run free. Ghosts and goblins roam

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