Blog to Save Energy

With the holiday season upon us, there is a lively upwelling of activity in shops, homes and businesses across the country. K - 12 schools seem different — they sit empty while every other building is bursting with energy and holiday cheer.

Although they may not appear as festive, most school buildings are actually using lots of energy as HVAC systems, appliances and even lights are left on over break. How can schools successfully shut down over the holidays or anytime the building is empty for a significant amount of time?

The Vietnam Clean Energy Program is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s flagship five-year initiative to reduce electricity consumption in Vietnam through improved energy efficiency in the building sector. Initiated in October 2012, the project is being supported by Winrock International and the Alliance to Save Energy, in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction (MOC). The project’s primary objectives are to build capacity for establishing energy data, and to promote the implementation of Vietnam’s new building code and green building technologies.
For homeowners, investing in energy efficiency programs should be a simple decision — a proven method to reduce their energy footprint and realize the savings on their energy bill. Yet the challenges of financing efficiency improvements prevent households from realizing these benefits. The fragmented market of existing loan programs make it difficult for many homeowners to access or secure the resources they need, limiting the environmental benefits and cost savings possible through energy efficiency upgrades or retrofits. A new alliance between Conservation Services Group, CUNA, and LendKey proves these challenges can be overcome. Homeowners now have easier access to loans they can use to make energy efficiency upgrades.
Sens. Shaheen and Collins have advocated for energy efficiency throughout their careers.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have 17 influential Members of Congress serving as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Through their strong leadership, the Alliance has continued to advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security. In this series, we will highlight the excellent work of our Honorary Vice-Chairs and the states they represent. In this fifth installment, we will recognize the impressive work that has been done to advance energy efficiency by Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
With midterm elections wrapped up and the 113th Congress almost in the books, the House of Representatives usher in new leaders slated to take over a variety of important Committee leadership roles in preparation for the 114th Congress.
After nearly six months, the comment period for EPA’s Clean Power Plan has concluded. The Plan aims to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants while affording states great flexibility to develop compliance approaches that most suit their contexts.
Burgess and Welch have shown leadership in energy efficiency.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have 17 influential Members of Congress serving as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Through their strong leadership, the Alliance has continued to advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and energy security. In this series, we will highlight the excellent work of our Honorary Vice-Chairs and the states they represent. This fourth installment highlights the work of two passionate efficiency advocates from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Michael Burgess from Texas and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.
Thanksgiving is the least energy consuming holiday — and provides the opportunity for the Alliance to say "thanks"!
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and we are all excited about having family and friends together for the celebration. Besides the amazing food, the magical Macy’s Day parade and the four day weekend, Thanksgiving is an Alliance favorite because it’s the least energy consuming holiday!
It is essential to teach students about the importance of energy efficiency.
If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ve probably noticed that school districts and universities are jumping on the energy efficiency bandwagon, taking advantage of rebates and incentives offered by local utilities to upgrade their facilities and lower their energy costs. So what’s the fuss about?
Senators Warner and Murkowski have shown leadership in energy efficiency policy.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have 17 influential Members of Congress serving as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Through their strong leadership, the Alliance has continued to advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security. In this series, we will highlight the excellent work of our Honorary Vice-Chairs and the states they represent. The third installment will consider the strong leadership of Alliance Honorary Board Chair Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and Chairman to-be of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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