BLOG TO SAVE ENERGY

A city skyline of buildings
Addressing building energy code compliance has proven to be a difficult task; one that becomes considerably more daunting when the subject is existing buildings. In the past year, BCAP has increased its focus on examining the challenges facing the implementation of the energy code in existing commercial buildings.
The IOC should uphold more stringent energy efficiency standards for the Olympic Games

Sporting events are unique for their ability to bring people together. This phenomenon is most obvious during the Olympics, when billions of people tune in to watch a few thousand athletes from a couple hundred countries compete for the gold.

We truly love the athleticism, entertainment and national pride of the Olympics. However, there are issues in Sochi that should be addressed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to save huge amounts of energy and resources at future Games.

An energy efficiency showdown between Seattle and Denver.
Why wait for the big game? Let’s have an energy efficiency showdown between Seattle and Denver and see which city comes out on top.
The House successfully passed bipartisan energy efficiency legislation
Tuesday, January 24th was a day unlike many in the U.S House of Representatives. As the House Energy and Commerce Committee met to markup its very first energy efficiency bill of this Congress, the Better Buildings Act (H.R. 2126), a sense of bipartisanship filled the room. Riding a wave of support among Members of Commerce, their constituents, and a diverse group of industry leaders, the Committee quickly and easily approved the bill by a voice vote.Why does H.R. 2126 have such strong backing from both political parties, you ask? That answer is simple; the legislation saves both money and energy. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), enacting this bill will reduce consumer and business energy costs by nearly $2 billion and CO2 emissions by 11.75 million metric tons by 2030. These steps and more are necessary if we are to meet the president’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.
A broken link between growing economy and increased energy use

Isn’t it comforting when you see independent, unbiased confirmation that all of your hard work is paying off?

When the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) united a broad band of unlikely allies in 2007 – from governmental and efficiency leaders to regional energy efficiency organizations, businesses, labor, utilities, consumer & low-income advocacy groups, manufacturers and environmental groups – our initial goal was to end two decades of meager efficiency gains in America’s model building energy code (the International Energy Conservation Code or IECC).

A long line of electrical transmission towers carrying high voltage energy.
Doubling America’s energy productivity by 2030—a goal adopted by the President and first articulated by the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy in Energy 2030— once again has emerged as a central focus in a new and important national clean energy action plan released this week. Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America, a report from the New Energy Economy (CNEE), founded and led by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, offers 200 ideas for presidential action to curb climate change and advance a clean energy economy. In it, energy efficiency is recognized as Job No. 1, and the “quickest, cheapest and among the most effective ways to achieve a clean economy.”
A reminder to power off when leaving town.

With a holiday weekend just hours away there is a great chance that some of you have plans to get out of dodge. But before you lock the door to hail that taxi, or get in the car and scroll to the road trip playlist on your iPod, don’t forget to shut down your house.

Here are 3 quick and extremely easy steps to shut down your house or apartment before a weekend trip:

Close-up of Map of the City of Los Angles

The city of Los Angeles is famous for being in abundance of a great many things: sunshine, celebrities, beaches, bad traffic, movies studios, and more sunshine. But in recent years, the City of Angels has made another addition to this list: energy efficiency.

Tomorrow, the Alliance and Southern California Edison will host Energy 2030 on the Road in L.A., highlighting the region’s recent energy efficiency progress and exploring how the city and southern California can become a leader in achieving President Obama’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.

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.

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