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Grocery stores are making changes to increase the energy efficiency of operations.
Massive office buildings and elaborately lit structures are generally the first buildings that come to mind when considering the biggest energy users. However, the grocery store is a frequented spot often overlooked in terms of its energy usage. Illuminating shopping aisles, keeping food properly refrigerated and operating cash registers requires a large amount of energy. Let’s take a look at how grocery stores are working to improve energy management and lower the energy consumption of your dinner supply destination.
As the economy recovers, consumers and businesses continue to strive for greater energy efficiency.
From corporations to small businesses to individuals, saving energy means saving money. The question is, how much does the allure of extra cash impact the decision to save energy? And, at what point do other benefits of energy efficiency become just as motivating?
Consumers are able to save more energy when they have more information about their energy usage.
Even given the energy efficiency accomplishments of the Administration that we've highlighted so far in this series, there are several milestones that could not have been reached without the help of outside entities. The government cannot solve all of our energy challenges, and we cannot achieve energy goals such as doubling U.S. energy productivity without the support and involvement of the private sector. It's clear that President Obama and his team understand how important it is to work collaboratively for even greater energy savings.
The NHL has set goals to increase energy efficiency across the League.
The National Hockey League (NHL) describes its fan base as being the youngest, most affluent, most educated and tech-savvy of all major sports leagues. Why does this matter? This demographic also happens to be committed to “sustainable living,” as hockey fans are 11 times more likely than the average American adult to recycle and 20 times more likely to pay more for eco-friendly products. Following in its fans’ footsteps, the NHL released its 2014 Sustainability Report, highlighting measures being taken at all facilities to increase energy efficiency and cut CO2 emissions.
On July 11th, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), reintroduced legislation that would update current tax codes for commercial roofs, creating jobs in the construction industry while expanding energy efficiency in the built environment. S.2388, the Energy-Efficient Cool Roof Jobs Act, enjoys bipartisan support, with Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Alliance Honorary Vice-Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) signing on as co-sponsors. A companion bill, H.R.4740, has also been introduced to the House by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).
Developments in energy efficiency technology will allow consumers to save more energy than ever before.
By now, you’ve likely heard about smart technologies that “learn” your habits and automatically adjust the energy use of your home. Companies like Nest and Opower as well as terms like the “Internet of Things” were completely unfamiliar just a few years ago, and are now working their way into everyday conversations. There’s a lot of information out there — let’s take a look at a few of the factors contributing to the surge of big investments in energy efficiency technology.
Energy 2030 recommendations alight with Chairman Upton's "Architecture of Abundance" energy policy plan.

Energy efficiency has served for nearly four decades and remains today as America’s cheapest, cleanest and most abundant resource.

It’s no wonder House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) capitalized on the abundance of energy efficiency opportunities in his energy plan. Released last week, the plan consists of five pillars that address current energy issues while also providing a foundation for future energy policy.

When you were younger, you may not have thought that your dream job would include advancing energy efficiency, but the booming sector-within-sectors shows that for many people, working towards an efficient future has replaced childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut. A wide range of sectors are adopting energy efficient practices and new policies are favoring energy efficiency, which is rapidly increasing the demand for EE experts.
The DOE should have the authority to enforce energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.
On July 10, the House of Representatives turned its attention to the FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. That bill had passed out of committee on voice vote. Representatives filed 78 floor amendments to the bill, several of which would have reduced or eliminated funding to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). However, the House continued to show strong leadership for energy efficiency.
The American EV market is growing rapidly.
Good news, car buyers! Recent data from the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) show the number of plug-in vehicles on American roads has doubled since June 2013. The year-over-year trends are very encouraging and reflect the increasing energy efficiency of the electric car market. The transportation sector in the United States accounts for 30% of the country’s carbon emissions, 60% of which come from light-duty vehicles. This underscores the fact that efficient cars offer great potential for decreasing our country’s emissions.