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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.

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.

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