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Whether it’s located on the beach or in the mountains, having a vacation home can be a dream—and a budget-buster. One easy way to cut back on costs and feel more at peace when you’re away from your vacation home is to improve its energy efficiency.

1. Bring an Air Filter the Next Time You Visit

Clogged or dirty air filters not only agitate allergies and contaminate air quality, they also reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency, requiring your units to work harder. In an occupied home, it’s recommended to replace your air filters every three months; in a vacation home, just aim for every five to six months.

While reusable filters are a little more eco-friendly, stocking up on a disposable version ensures you don’t spend your vacation time cleaning a filter. It’s...

New York is known around the world for its vibrant culture and thriving economy. But did you know that the state is also known for being among the top five energy-efficient states in the country? The Alliance to Save Energy is excited to host a field trip to New York and another efficiency leader, New Jersey, on February 22-24 to show just how they’re doing it. We will take a bipartisan group of Congressional staff to visit innovative initiatives that are taking energy efficiency to a new level in both states.
Kateri Callahan, Mark Fowler, Maria Vargas, Chester Carson and Gil Quiniones at the Unsung Hero Awards Reception.
In this Q&A, we asked how the winners feel about their impact working with energy efficiency, what accomplishments they think are most significant in their career so far, and how they think energy efficiency professionals can create impact. Check it out:
The American Gas Association (AGA) recently released Uncovering the US Natural Gas Commercial Sector, a report that focuses on the diversity within the commercial segment of the natural gas market. The comprehensive report includes a breakdown of the basic metrics, characteristics (from Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey), economic contributions, evolution, and growth projections of the commercial segment of the natural gas market.
An interview with Ouachita Electric member Kassy Starr on her utility’s innovative program to expand energy efficiency upgrades
More than a third of US residents are effectively locked out of financing programs for energy efficiency, especially renters and those homeowners who can neither afford to pay upfront for efficiency upgrades nor take on debt.1 Similar barriers affect businesses that lease their space as well as government agencies with borrowing limits. These financial barriers have vexed efficiency resource developers for decades. So how can these challenges be addressed?
With only a few days left until February, this is make-or-break time for sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions. And when it comes to your energy efficiency resolutions, the benefits are numerous, including saving money, making your home more comfortable and reducing its carbon footprint.
As we look ahead to the swearing in of President-elect Donald Trump next week, we pause to reflect on the accomplishments of the last eight years under President Obama in continuing a bipartisan tradition of supporting energy efficiency through smart federal policy. Dating back to President Ronald Reagan, who signed the first efficiency standards into law in 1987, every administration – Democrat and Republican – has supported efficiency, including major gains under President George W. Bush. Like his predecessor, President Obama has been a champion of energy efficiency, and as he prepares to leave the White House, we extend our gratitude for the significant progress we’ve made under his tenure. Here are some highlights:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2), a report that focuses on the challenges facing our current and future electricity system. As with many other recent U.S. and international reports investigating these issues, increasing energy efficiency through smart energy management policies has a prominent role in any solution.
Today marks the first day of winter. While it can be a fun season of playing in the snow or staying cozy at home with some hot cocoa, winter also often means higher utility bills. Simply heating your home can easily become one of the biggest expenses, so make sure to stay warm and energy efficient this winter season with five tips on how to offset the costs of heating.

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