Archive for July, 2013

How Shaheen-Portman bill will curb energy consumption

Sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act – often shortened to just Shaheen-Portman – aims to install new energy-saving improvements to buildings throughout the United States, in an effort to reduce electricity consumption and diminish climate change contributions.

Bipartisan energy efficiency bill reaches Senate floor

Earlier in July, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio collaborated to draft a new, bipartisan bill aimed at improving energy efficiency in the United States.

New York sees spike in demand for energy efficiency

As states begin making energy efficiency requirements into law, some places have reported a growing demand from residents for sustainable buildings. One of the biggest hotspots of this trend has been New York, particularly after establishing its Greener, Greater Buildings Plan.

California schools win energy efficiency grant

But while debate rages over how and where to implement these kinds of improvements in homes, companies and federal offices, schools have gone largely overlooked and ignored despite being just as much in need. One California school district is seeking to reverse that trend thanks to a new energy-focused grant.

Milwaukee to spend $100 million on energy efficiency commitment

As the White House begins to ramp up efforts in addressing the country’s energy and climate change concerns, cities all across the nation are jumping on the energy efficiency bandwagon and committing to the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Challenge. The goal of this national initiative is to reduce city energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.

Household appliances that eat up the most energy

According to its report, “Miscellaneous Energy Loads in Buildings,” the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE) has identified a number of common household appliances that, unbeknownst to most people, actually consume significant amounts of electricity.

Poor insulation could drive up your energy bills this summer

One of the biggest detriments to energy efficiency is poor insulation. According to The Catoosa Times, statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy show that temperature regulation affects up to 70 percent of the typical American household’s energy consumption.