Archive for July, 2013

The Senate is slated to debate on a new energy efficiency bill, but how would the legislation  reduce the country's electricity consumption?

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.

A new bipartisan energy efficiency bill has reached the Senate floor.

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.

Two new laws in New York are driving demand for greater energy efficiency standards.

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.

A California school district was recently awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar grant to install new energy efficiency improvements.

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 is committing $100 million to expanding its energy efficiency profile.

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.

Televisions are among a handful of common appliances around the house that eat up a lot of energy.

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.

Insulating your home is one way you can increase energy efficiency and decrease your electricity bill.

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.