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Seattle Seahawks playing the Green Bay Packers at Century Link Field.
The NFL playoffs are rolling right along, with all the electrifying plays and nail-biting endings you've all come to expect and love (sorry Chiefs fans). So with that in mind, and the energy palpable for more playoff football, it seems like an ideal time to take a look at how our favorite football teams are advancing energy efficiency. So without further adieu, here are the 5 stadiums doing the most to save energy. Did yours make the make cut?
Phase out provides energy efficient light bulb options

Do you remember Easy-Bake Ovens? Although I was never allowed to have one (something about gender stereotypes and second degree burns), I had enough playdates to understand how they worked—light bulbs inside of a little pink oven baked a tiny cake enough to eat.

The reason that these light bulbs were able to bake something is because 90 percent of the energy produced by traditional incandescent light bulbs is wasted as heat. That was good news for kids baking cakes in their bedrooms, but bad news for everyone using light bulbs for their actual purpose (ya know, for light!). Fortunately, this huge waste of energy and money is gradually being rectified by the phase-in of new lighting standards.

Energy price spike due to extreme weather
Energy in the form of warmth is on the minds of many of us as an Arctic blast covers a large swath of North America today. It’ll be on our minds when our utility bills arrive soon too. Even as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling have driven a boom in the U.S. oil and natural gas sectors, leading to increased supply and moderated prices, an E&E News article today reminds us that energy prices can still be volatile.
New Year's resolutions.

Happy New Year! Here at the Alliance to Save Energy we’re thinking about energy efficiency 24/7. So we put together a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and revamped them with an energy-efficient spin.

Not only will these resolutions help you save energy and money in 2014, but many of them are so easy to adopt that we’re willing to bet you’ll still be following them come February.

New Year's celebration in London.
New Year’s celebrations around the world are varied and vibrant, but one consistency amongst the worldwide countdowns is an over-the-top display of fireworks and lights. We’ve compiled a list of sites that put on the most impressive (and efficient) LED light shows to bid adieu to 2013!

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman are still working hard to bring the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act back to the Senate.

In the last days before the Senate broke for the holiday recess, the bill’s two sponsors took to the Senate floor to highlight the benefits of the legislation. Senator Portman emphasized, “It makes environmental sense, makes good energy sense, makes good economic sense. It makes sense. It will move this economy forward.” Senator Shaheen reiterated the bill’s benefits, telling the floor, “This is a win for job creation, it is a win for the environment, it is a win for national security, and it is a win for saving costs."

2013 sign post
As we reflect on the accomplishments of our personal lives over the last year, let’s also revisit energy efficiency’s year, which, by the way, was pretty busy.
Energy efficiency tax form

On December 18, the Alliance to Save Energy and 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee urging Congress to extend critical energy efficiency tax incentives that are currently set to expire on December 31, 2013.

Energy efficiency tax credits are a key policy for helping to achieve the Alliance’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Efficiency upgrades have proved to be an effective means to help consumers overcome the upfront costs associated with otherwise cost-effective efficiency improvements. Until Congress undertakes comprehensive tax code reform, extending these credits will ensure that we do more with less (energy) to the betterment of our economy, national security and environment.

Santa hat and stocking decoration, counting down to Christmas
No matter what traditions you have or what you choose to celebrate this time of year, we’ve come up with a few tips, gift ideas, and facts that will remind you of all the possibilities energy efficiency can offer this holiday season.

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