Its recent problems notwithstanding, California continues to light a path to the rest of the nation for policy change. In this case, the path would be lit with a device that uses considerably less power.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s index for incandescent lamps registered a reading of 59.4 for the second quarter of 2009, which is essentially unchanged from the first three months of the year. However, the index decreased 11.8 percent on a year-over-year basis.
Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Homeowners are factoring energy efficiency into purchase decisions of consumer electronics and appliances in an effort to reduce home energy costs, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Charlottesville has been selected as the first city in Virginia and one of the first in the nation to benefit from smart grid technology that will make the delivery of electricity more efficient and less costly while improving customer service.
Six Flags, the world's largest regional theme park operatorvirgvir, made two major announcements in June. First, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Second, it announced a major companywide plan to go green.
The current economic slowdown has brought all facets of the building industry to a virtual standstill, as falling consumer spending and home values force businesses and homeowners to curtail all but the most essential construction and repairs.
According to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan, a major international industry research firm, renewable energy is gaining ground in North America as global in-ground fossil fuel reserves continue to dwindle and oil prices fluctuate.
Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill.
In the drive for energy-efficient buildings, perfection is net-zero energy. Such tightly constructed buildings also produce their own energy, ultimately offsetting the energy they expend. Some produce more than they use and can sell the excess back to the utility.
According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), green building, also known as sustainable or high-performance building, is the practice of creating structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s life cycle.