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ENERGY STAR

December 19, 2014
I start thinking about my New Year’s resolution earlier than most. I like to think ahead and know what I’m getting into before committing. This year I could go to the gym more, eat fewer hamburgers, or do more traveling. OK, let’s...
April 22, 2013
What if people could have access to a piece of valuable information that they don’t currently receive about the house they are considering for purchase?  What if this could happen with very little bureaucracy and limited program...
January 6, 2012
Looking forward into 2012, I see more reasons for optimism than pessimism. Many states and utilities are committed to ramping up their energy efficiency programs this year and even more are considering similar steps. For example, Massachusetts...
September 20, 2010
In the first of a series of blog posts highlighting state-led energy efficiency programs recognized in ACEEE's States Stepping Forward report, we look at the Colorado ENERGY STAR New Homes Program. For more detailed information on this...
August 9, 2010
On a personal note, I learned about an additional benefit of investing in a super-efficient refrigerator.  About two months ago my wife and I finally bought a new refrigerator—the new Whirlpool model that is the most efficient on the...
February 28, 2009
State energy offices should consider utilizing energy management resources provided by Energy Star for K-12 school districts. By partnering with Energy Star, states can use established benchmarking methods to compile energy data from school...
February 28, 2009
While the market for new construction is in a sorry state, it remains critical to make sure what is built is energy efficient. Lower construction demand and costs may make energy efficiency measures more affordable, but regardless, the Energy Star...
February 28, 2009
The implementation of new, effective energy efficiency programs does not require state policymakers to re-invent the wheel. The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES) presents an established system of comprehensive home assessment and...
July 8, 2008
In June, the U.S. Senate spent several days debating climate change legislation. The debate was nominally on the Lieberman-Warner bill that would establish a federal cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2012, with the...
January 7, 2007
Investing in energy efficiency today has the potential to serve all the growth in U.S. energy demand, or more. However, meeting all of the growth in our energy service needs will require significant investments in products, processes, and...