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Blog | March 26, 2012

Communities Dive In: Local Planning for Energy Efficiency

This post is the second of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The next post will explore sustainable funding sources.

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Blog | December 14, 2011

Neighborhood Outreach for Energy Efficiency: Finding Homes that Need It and People Who Want It

In the world of energy efficiency, market segmentation and other methods of generalization are used to design programs and marketing. While every home is different, just as each person is different, energy efficiency programs often operate with limited marketing budgets and staff allocations. Within these limitations, how best can program administrators focus limited marketing resources toward homes with high energy use and likely participants?

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Press Release | December 2, 2011

Energy Improvements Can Save Greater Cincinnati $60 Million and Create Over 300 Local Jobs

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance shares study findings with local business leaders

 

CincinnatiEnergy efficiency upgrades to the area’s homes and nonprofit buildings can save area residents $60 million in lower energy bills and create more than 300 local jobs, according to a study released today by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

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Blog | November 22, 2011

Help Your Community “LEEP” Ahead in Understanding its Energy Efficiency Opportunities

What energy efficiency policies make sense for your community? This question is not  always easy to answer. Energy efficiency can be a complex topic. It is made more difficult because there are few one-size-fits-all solutions for every  project, program, or policy. However, tools like ACEEE’s new local energy efficiency policy calculator (LEEP-C) can make this complex question a little bit easier to answer.

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Press Release | September 20, 2011

Study: Energy Efficiency Loan Financing Proving to be a Low Risk Investment with Large-Scale Potential

Energy Efficiency Loan Programs Default Rates Range from 0–3% and Remained Largely Unchanged During Housing Bubble Collapse

 

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Blog | April 8, 2011

Location Efficiency: The Energy Efficiency Opportunity of “Where” Is Here

How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use?  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report  attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use associated with different housing and neighborhood types. It also serves as a concise and readable primer on research related to the energy implications of “location efficiency.”

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Blog | March 8, 2011

ACEEE Launches New Web-Based Resource in Response to Opportunities in Local Energy Efficiency Policy

Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local governments have many responsibilities and relationships that put them in a unique position to effectively translate energy efficiency goals into successful implementation, and ultimately create tangible on-the-ground results. 

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