In the Herculean effort to wean the nation off fossil fuels, energy efficiency and renewable power share a common obstacle: cost. Despite growing national awareness and popular support, their prohibitive price tags prevent most American homeowners from making an upgrade.
In the quest to transform the use of electricity in the United States, efficiency measures face some of the same obstacles to widespread adoption as their green-energy cousin, renewable power. In particular, cost is the great inhibitor.
Because surfaces and objects in typical spaces reflect light, they can play a part in lighting efficiency as extensions of the lighting system. By controlling room surface reflectances, light levels can be improved, creating opportunities to save energy.
The energy revolution is influencing America’s electricity consumption. Data released recently by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows a discernible change in the country’s energy use. On one hand, Americans used less energy overall last year.
Chevron Energy Solutions, San Francisco, and the city of Brea, Calif., announced that construction of an energy efficiency and solar project has begun and is expected to save the city more than $13 million.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious Energy Star rating, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency, for its renovated headquarters in Atlanta.
California has a long history of rebellious behavior, dating back to the Bear Flag Rebellion that sought to make the then-Mexican territory into an independent nation. Settling for statehood in the United States more than a century ago apparently didn’t dampen the spirit of dissension.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offered AES Energy Storage LLC a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee for $17.1 million to support the construction of a 20-megawatt (MW) energy-storage system using advanced lithium-ion batteries.
The information technology (IT) industry is responsible for approximately 2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and data centers are the fastest growing part of that footprint, according to Pike Research.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it continues to exceed its energy-savings targets, placing the agency more than two-thirds of the way to achieving its goal to reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2015. “A year ago, the Postal Service projected ...
A new survey of more than 1,400 North American executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings found that planned investment in energy efficiency is expected to rebound in 2010.