The hot summer days of July are here, and with them comes the perfect opportunity to cut down on utility bills by using some of these energy-saving tactics. These simple life hacks around the house are designed to be easy and quick -- and better yet, none of these cost-saving strategies require you to make any significant purchases. Try one or more of these ideas today, or set a goal to implement one per week during the next month. 1. Readjust your refrigerator’s temperatures Take a look at your refrigerator’s and freezer’s temperatures. Are they set to cooler than 37°F for the fridge and 0°F for the freezer? If so, you’re wasting power. Readjust your settings to save energy.
It has been one year since the Interior Lighting Campaign (Campaign) kicked off, with the mission of encouraging the upgrading of 100,000 troffer lights. In the past year, the Campaign has seen tremendous success – with over 160 leading companies and organizations from the federal government, healthcare, education, real estate, hospitality and retail sectors signing on as participants and supporters.

(Photo: Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan moderates energy efficiency panel at CEM7's Action Summit, on June 2nd.)

Greetings Board Members, Associates and Friends,

I write to you today from Hampton, VA where I am honored to be sharing the stage with energy visionaries, including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, at the Virginia Energy Policy Forum , hosted by our Alliance Honorary Board member and former Chair, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.). Many of our Associates and friends have come together for this important event where a key focus area and goal of the Senator is to drive greater...

The grid edge. If you have had any involvement or interest in the electricity sector recently, you’ve probably heard this term. You’ve probably wondered exactly what it means and why so many people seem to have a different definition of it. And maybe you’ve picked up on a sense of urgency or excitement around it – because depending on who you talk to, the grid edge is going to either disrupt everything, rebuild everything, destroy everything or fizzle out like so many other fads.
I recently got back from Louisville, Kentucky, where I was representing DOE in the latest round of energy code development hearings. While the people who participate in the development process know energy codes inside and out, I know they are not as clear to the broader public. So let’s take a step back. Here’s a primer on what energy codes are, how they are developed, adopted, and enforced, and what DOE’s role is in these processes. Future blog posts in this series will zoom into specific topics.

Local energy policy may not receive a heavy share of the headlines, but most people who consume energy are directly and beneficially affected by efficiency programs implemented by subnational governments such as states, counties and cities. And these programs come in all shapes and sizes, according to a panel of experts convened on May 12 at EE Global . Some programs, like those based on policy recommendations in a comprehensive World Resources Institute report, are designed to address local challenges of increased rates of urbanization.

Others, like...

Ramola Musante, Division Vice President of Government Relations at Ecolab, and Chairwoman of the Alliance’s Energy-Water Nexus Subcommittee, led a high-level panel discussion on the energy-water nexus – the interconnection between energy and water – exploring policies and projects that have the potential to advance energy efficiency and water infrastructure system efficiency. Speakers representing the public, private and utility sectors provided insight on this critical topic and left attendees with major takeaways – including the need for a greater emphasis on the energy-water nexus, strategies for increased education and engagement from all decision-makers and the importance of collaboration between these stakeholders.

Clay Nesler, Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability at Johnson Controls, who moderated the panel " Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs?" at EE Global 2016 , led participants in exploring the ways in which public policy and market-driven trends are increasingly influential in energy consumption management for commercial and residential buildings. The panel also introduced the concept of “intelligent systems” within the energy efficiency space as an opportunity for the private sector and consumers.

The panelists agreed that the building sector accounts for a sizable portion of energy use in many...

The building sector consumes a significant amount of energy across the world – in the U.S. this equals about 40 percent of energy used and 70 percent of total electricity used. When we think of the existing 114 million homes and 80 million square feet of commercial building space, there is certainly a lot of potential for energy savings. However, weather patterns are changing as a result of climate change and buildings will need to be designed and constructed to not only be energy-efficient, but also resilient in the face of a new set of climactic conditions. There are a range of methods that can be used to address these issues, like improving specific components within the buildings themselves, coordinating components that make up building systems and educating the people that live...

Read on for a discussion about commercial property-assessed clean energy (C-PACE) between Daniel Bresette, the Alliance to Save Energy’s Director of Government Relations, and Sandy Fazeli, National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO)’s Senior Program Director. C-PACE is an innovative financing program that provides access to energy efficiency/renewable energy upgrades for commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners.