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As students and teachers prepare for the new school year, one of the last things they are probably thinking about is how much energy their schools are using. It turns out that energy bills are generally the second biggest expense for schools, coming in behind only teachers’ salaries. But many schools and universities are taking big steps to become more energy efficient, bringing cost savings while creating a healthier environment for students and faculty. Here are three institutions that are setting the standard.
Producing beer requires energy – but many breweries are using efficient technologies and practices to reduce costs and environmental impact while still making quality brews.
Homebuyers are informed about some costs at the time of sale, such as the estimated monthly mortgage, property taxes and insurance costs. Monthly utility bills, however, are not usually disclosed, and real estate agents often lack access to this information. It's a solvable problem.
Last weekend, temperatures soared from the Plains to the East Coast. While there are some quick steps you can take to keep cool, it’s important to consider long term efficiency options. Since many of these projects, like installing new windows and insulation, come at a greater upfront cost, tax incentives are a key policy tool to making these options accessible.
The U.S. transportation sector has transformed since a 2015 highway bill, overtaking power plants as the top emitter of greenhouse gases, even with the increased presence of electric and alternative fuel vehicles. The upcoming transportation reauthorization bill presents a key opportunity for lawmakers to set new policies to help significantly reduce energy use – and greenhouse gas emissions – from the sector.
The hard work and long hours that the sponsors and their staff have put into this effort is obvious. This is the best version yet.
The energy efficiency story is generally one of progress, but here’s some troubling news: Energy efficiency investment in the United States decreased by nearly 20 percent from 2016 to 2018, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2019 report, released in May.
The overall message from the Energy Efficiency Global Forum was clear – we need to double down on our energy efficiency efforts globally and connect and reap synergies from the many disruptions and innovations taking place across the energy sector.
As homes and buildings become more connected, opportunities to manage energy use to save money will also increase. But for more than 20 million Americans who still lack access to high speed internet, these benefits remain largely out of reach.
In April, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued implementation guidance to carry out Executive Order 13834, a White House directive that, in theory, is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of federal operations. Unfortunately, particularly when read alongside the president’s egregious proposed budget cuts for the past three years, the documents reveal a continued lack of federal leadership and represent a step backward from efforts under President Obama, President George W. Bush and others to advance the energy efficiency of federal facilities.