energy efficiency research Articles

  • From Ideas to Action: Funding for Energy Efficiency [Free Guide]

    You and your clients have great ideas for making buildings and companies more efficient. But when it comes to transforming ideas into reality, money can be a frustrating roadblock. Many ESCOs and utilities claim that there’s a lack of accessible funding for energy efficiency in the market. After a bit of research, we can show you that this assumption is simply ...


    By DEXMA

  • Is there romance in energy efficiency?

    My mother told me many good reasons why I should get married. She appears to have forgotten one. It’s energy efficient.Single people – at least those without roommates – appear to be gobbling up a lot of our energy supply. In fact, one person households are a main cause of consumer energy waste, according to a recent study “Consumer Energy Spending and the Demographics of Over-Consumption” by SMR ...

  • Energy efficiency and calling in the dogs

    By Elisa Wood January 26, 2011   My dogs came in immediately when I called them tonight. The cookies I’ve recently begun serving up upon their return seem be making an impression.  At last they see a reason to leave behind all the fun things to chase in the woods.   Yes, I’ve been slow to understand – or at least enact – the basic ...

  • Energy efficiency without trying (and with)

    John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.  Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we’re busy doing other things – Internet-based things specifically. We use email, bank online and download music not to save energy, but to make life easier and more interesting.  Energy efficiency is a ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Hot sectors for energy efficiency

    It’s clear that the energy efficiency industry is undergoing an unprecedented boom, spurred by state and federal support and movement toward a smarter grid. But for those in the industry, where exactly can the new business – and the jobs – be found?Two new reports by Colorado-based Pike Research shed some light.After years of focusing on bringing efficiency to manufacturing, policymakers are ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • What’s undermining energy efficiency?

    Exhilaration swept through the energy efficiency industry as city after city, state after state and nation after nation set aggressive energy saving goals over the last several years. But with target dates nearing in certain jurisdictions, a more sober attitude now  permeates. Some governmentsare asking: Are we ...

  • Obama and the reinvention of energy efficiency

    The energy efficiency industry received a nice boost this week during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Obama called for cutting energy use by half over the next 20 years. Such attention comes at a significant point in the history of the energy efficiency movement, one when it appears to be re-inventing itself again, and in a way that ...

  • Energy research and the cobbler’s children

    Scientific research has brought us products that offer greater energy efficiency. But is research, itself, energy efficient? Evan Mills, staff scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, raises this question and points out what may be a largely untapped market for energy efficiency companies: research labs. (See Environmental Science & Technology, ...

  • Energy efficiency and a cold marriage

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    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • New research in the US on the financial benefits of energy efficient `green` buildings

    Buildings in the US with 'green' ratings, such as Energy Star and LEED, can significantly impact market rents and value of commercial space, according to new research commissioned by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). The report 'Doing Well by Doing Good?' provides the first credible evidence in the US supporting the economic value of the certification of 'green' buildings in the ...

  • Energy efficiency: What are the laggards thinking?

    Why do some states avoid creating policies that encourage consumers and businesses to save energy? What’s the psychology of the laggards? A new report by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy sheds some insight as it examines the states that consistently fall behind in the organization’s annual energy efficiency ...

  • Export opportunity for US energy efficiency?

    For a long time the energy efficiency industry operated largely under the two-guys-and-a-truck-model: local businesses made up of small contractors. Then the ‘super’ energy efficiency service companies (ESCOs) emerged, big operations taking on big contracts often for government, schools or hospitals, like the $35 million deal that Pepco Energy Services signed with the Prince ...

  • Energy Efficiency Economics: Beyond 101

    At first blush, the economics of energy efficiency seem straightforward. A business installs lighting controls or some other improvement. The business then sees its energy costs drop. From the savings, the business repays the investment over weeks, months or years, and then turns a profit on the asset. While that ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • US Dominance in Alternative Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies

    20 years ago there were very few people who would have thought that international competitiveness to be number one would involve much of anything outside military, aerospace or, computer technologies. The last thing anyone probably expected would be a race to be the top producer of the most efficient and environmentally safe technologies on earth. Yet that is precisely what is taking place right ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Obama’s budget good for energy efficiency

    President Obama's 2013 budget caused a lot of smiles this week among energy efficiency advocates – even if it is more of a wish list than anything else. Obama calls for about $1.2 billion in spending for energy efficiency. What’s this mean to the energy efficiency industry? Kateri Callahan, president of the ...

  • Energy efficiency in buildings - facts & trends

    Urgent action is needed to reduce energy use in buildings and remove the barriers to addressing this major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project will develop a roadmap from a business perspective, outlining the critical steps needed to transform buildings’ energy consumption. The project has ...

  • What energy efficiency type are you?

    By Elisa Wood July 29, 2010  Not so long ago, consumers seemed to like energy efficiency just a little bit more than going to the dentist. Clearly that has changed, as evidenced by the recent run on appliance and home retrofit subsidies in several states. Greens are no longer alone in swooning over front loader washing machines and geothermal heat pumps. But who exactly are these new ...

  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • Research and development on biomass energy in China

    Like developed countries, China is facing two serious constraints energy shortage and environmental pollution, which hinder the development of the national economy and improvements in living conditions. On the other hand, China has a huge amount of biomass resource. It is estimated that the total amount of biomass resource is up to 5.2x108 tons of oil equivalent (TOE) in which crop residue ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Energy efficiency in buildings - business realities and opportunities

    Buildings are responsible for at least 40% of energy use in most countries. The absolute figure is rising fast, as construction booms, especially in countries such as China and India. It is essential to act now, because buildings can make a major contribution to tackling climate change and energy use. Progress can begin immediately because knowledge and technology exist today to slash the ...

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