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Increasingly frequent—and extreme—weather events in the last few years have reminded us about the limits of our aging grid. But they have also helped us identify the energy technologies that will be most critical in the future. One of those key growing technologies is combined heat and power (CHP).
During Hurricane Sandy, CHP systems were able to help reduce the risk of grid disruptions in the face of extreme winds and rain. When Sandy cut the power supply for large portions of New York City, CHP systems enabled hospitals, university campuses, and other buildings to retain full heat and power even after losing grid-supplied electricity.
"Time's A Wastin.'"
In the face of partisan debates and a legislative year that is quickly coming to a close, the sponsors of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, also known as Shaheen-Portman, are not giving up—and are determined to get the bill through by the end of the year.
Thanksgiving is the perfect trifecta of family, friends, and food—making it one of my favorite celebrations. But Thanksgiving tops my unofficial “best holiday” list for another, less known and less celebrated, reason.
So what’s that other reason? We consume less energy!
According to Opower, energy use is significantly lower on Thanksgiving compared to a typical Sunday in November. This seems surprising given all of the travelling and cooking that occurs, but a closer examination shows there’s a fairly simple explanation for the Thanksgiving energy anomaly.
The holiday season is almost here, and if you’re not prepared, higher energy bills are on their way with it.
EIA is predicting a likely 9-13 percent increase in heating costs for most homes this winter. Combine that with the desire to have a Griswald-like holiday display and many Americans are facing big energy bills this season. But don’t lose your holiday spirit yet!
If you’re smart and take our advice, your energy bills will drop faster than the LED ball in Times Square!
With the excitement of a long weekend it’s easy to lose sight of what this extra vacation day is really about. Today, Veteran’s Day, offers a specific opportunity to express our gratitude for the sacrifices military men and women make every day across the country. As one of our country’s most vital valuable assets, the military and its missions and tactics are frequently discussed and praised.
But often left unnoticed is the military’s growing leadership on the energy front.
By now, most of us now associate vampires with “Twihard” tweens obsessed with a certain book and movie series. You might have hoped the craze would pass and you’d never have to hear about those blood-sucking creatures again.
But like it or not, vampires are a part of all of our lives, and it doesn’t come and go with pop-culture fads or Halloween season. Also referred to as “phantom load,” “standby power” or “idle current,” vampire energy is the electricity that outlets and electronics endlessly “suck” from our plugs, even if the device is fully charged, off , or in sleep mode. Microwaves, coffee makers, laptops, printers, TVs, cable boxes, (literally anything you can plug into an outlet) and more are haunted by vampire energy.
Thinking of finally making the switch to LEDs soon? Trying to find an easy way to save money every month? Confused about your energy-saving lighting choices? Wondering how to replace your 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs?
Well there’s no need to worry, because the 2nd LUMEN Twitterchat has got you covered. More than 80 of you with 125,000 followers joined us last time and we think it’ll be even bigger this time!