Blog to Save Energy

All over the world, events are held at this time of year to promote the idea that we all share the responsibility of being good stewards of the globe. Although Earth Day is typically celebrated in the United States on April 22nd, many communities make it a week-long event. Schools across the nation are celebrating this 45-year-old tradition in ways that are both fun and educational. Here are some ways your school can celebrate Earth Day! Remember that such activities don’t need to be relegated to one day or week — efficiency education is beneficial all year long.
Cree is working towards the goal of 100 percent adoption of LED lighting.
Every year, Earth Day prompts us to gauge our impact on the environment, including consideration of our energy use and what measures we can take to reduce it. We might become more cognizant of our waste and remember to turn our lights off when we leave the room, but how can we keep our environmentally-friendly and energy saving goals prominent throughout the rest of the year?
The energy efficiency industry can look forward to a great future! The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 presenting long-term projections for the U.S. energy markets. Every year, the report provides the basis for analysis of energy production, consumption, technology, market trends, policies and potential changes in the industry.
The Pacific Northwest has long been a leader in energy efficiency, with state and local governments, utilities and businesses alike implementing programs and incentivizing investment in energy efficient technologies in order to meet the region’s growing demand for electricity.
Last week, the United States formally submitted its target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The target was first announced by President Obama last fall, in conjunction with a similar commitment by China’s President Xi Jinping, and will lead to national carbon emission reductions of 26-28% below 2005 levels by the year 2025. These targets, along with those announced by the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and, most recently, Mexico, now combine to represent more than half of global CO2 emissions.
Washington D.C. ranks highest in number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings.
Washington D.C. was recently crowned the city with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the country in a ranking by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For the past five years, Washington D.C. had come in second place behind Los Angeles, but edged ahead of L.A. this year by a margin of just five buildings, with a total of 480 certified buildings. ENERGY STAR and energy efficient buildings have become more common in the District following new local policies that require benchmarking on energy and water performance for private buildings, multi-family buildings and most recently, public buildings. Further demonstrating the city’s leadership in buildings efficiency, Washington D.C. was the first municipality in the country to pass a law requiring benchmarking, which is done using ENERGY STAR guidelines.
The Alliance has developed a new metric to evaluate bond investments in U.S. based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The metric, CarbonCount™, evaluates the expected reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from each $1,000 of investment. was recently selected by the non-profit initiative Finance for Resilience (FiRe) to present as one of eight finalists at this year's BNEF Summit.
The Building Technology Office is improving the energy efficiency of buildings across the country.
Buildings in the United States – from family homes to office buildings to grocery stores – account for over 70% of electricity and 40% of total energy consumed annually. That adds up to about $400 billion spent powering our buildings each year.
San Jacinto, California, home to the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, will be one of the locations of the new projects.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has deployed several initiatives and projects to support the mission of creating a clean energy economy. EERE’s Tribal Energy Program supports a variety of energy projects on tribal lands, which provide financial and technical assistance to strengthen tribal energy self-sufficiency, create employment opportunities and further economic development.
Campuses are increasingly using GRFs to fund energy efficiency projects.
Many colleges and universities strive to reduce energy waste, become more energy efficient and effectively reduce their environmental impact, but find it difficult to do so without access to a sufficient amount of initial financial capital. The relatively new concept of a green revolving fund (GRF) seeks to solve this problem.

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