13 Companies Each Earn ENERGY STAR for 150 Buildings

13 Companies Each Earn ENERGY STAR for 150 Buildings

The US Environmental Protection Agency recognized 13 companies that each earned ENERGY STAR certification for at least 150 facilities last year. Collectively, these 13 ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers saved $562 million on their utility bills. The ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers with number of buildings certified … Read more…

When Will Behavioral Energy Efficiency Hit the Commercial Market in a Big Way?

When Will Behavioral Energy Efficiency Hit the Commercial Market in a Big Way?

According to a new report from The Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), “Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use.” Behavioral energy efficiency (BEE) employs behavioral science to produce simple, actionable messages that are relevant … Read more…

Schools Roundup: North Carolina, California, Wisconsin, Florida

Schools Roundup: North Carolina, California, Wisconsin, Florida

PowerSecure International has designed and installed solar and distributed generation systems for Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, NC, which opened for the 2013-2014 school year as one of the nation’s first net positive energy schools. The LEED platinum certified school will utilize a … Read more…

Schools Roundup: QZAB Funds Available in Arizona, Cenergistic Recognizes NJ Schools, Middletown Ohio District Retrofit

Schools Roundup: QZAB Funds Available in Arizona, Cenergistic Recognizes NJ Schools, Middletown Ohio District Retrofit

There is $28 million available for Arizona schools for facility updates and energy efficiency projects via federal qualified zone academy bonds (QZAB). These funds are made available to school districts for rehabilitating or repairing their facilities. Energy conservation company Cenergistic recognized the Barnegat Township School … Read more…

2013 Energy Star Awardees Include Cenergistic, ComEd, Cree, Ecova, EnergyCAP, GE Lighting, Philips Lighting

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 118 awardees for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, including several familiar names in energy management: Cenergistic, ComEd, Cree, Ecova, EnergyCAP, GE Lighting and Philips Lighting. Recipients of the 2013 Energy Star awards were … Read more…

Schools Roundup: Pacific Gas & Electric, Cenergistic, EnergyCAP, Ameresco Quantum

Schools Roundup: Pacific Gas & Electric, Cenergistic, EnergyCAP, Ameresco Quantum

Napa Valley Unified School District in California has saved about $280,000 in electricity costs, about 1.8 million kWh, and avoided 460 tons GHG emissions every year for the past two years after implementing a series of energy-efficiency retrofits at several campuses, Napa Valley Register reports. Working with Pacific Gas & Electric and Napa County Energy Watch, the district installed energy-conserving equipment often with zero out-of-pocket expenditure. The $200,000 project, which had a payback of less than a year, included efficient classroom lighting, district-wide computer energy management systems and new pumps for five district swimming pools. The pool pump retrofit alone is expected to save $66,000 annually, while the smart power strips for 2,600 personal computer saves $5,000 per month.

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