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Blog | August 13, 2013

Hard to Reach or Great Opportunities?

One of the most overused misnomers in the energy efficiency field is the term “hard to reach” for customer segments that aren’t easily served through existing utility customer-funded programs and marketing channels. The reality is that the segments covered by this term shift constantly as new programs or business models are developed that allow segments to be served cost-effectively, at scale.

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Blog | August 2, 2013

Chicago House Hunters Poised to Become More Savvy Homebuyers

Chicago is making an existing energy-use disclosure ordinance more user friendly for citizens. In the 1980s, the city passed a law allowing potential homebuyers and renters access to utility information for houses and apartments of interest to them. While this gave consumers the opportunity to obtain valuable information on a major cost of housing (one that sets the average U.S. homeowner back about $2,000 a year), few prospective buyers or tenants took advantage of the access that the law provides.

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Blog | July 23, 2013

Wringing Additional Energy and Water Savings out of the Clothes Washer Market

From the increased popularity of front loading washing machines, to an increased use of cold water detergents and wash cycles, consumers are becoming more attuned to energy- and water-saving technology and practices. Improvements in clothes washing are helping consumers save more energy and water than ever, but there are still significant savings to be realized in the residential sector and even more so in the largely untapped commercial laundry sector.

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Press Release | June 27, 2013

Power-Hungry Devices Use $70 Billion of Energy Annually

Washington, D.C.—A new analysis of devices and equipment commonly found in U.S. homes and businesses concludes that these products, with more than 2 billion in use, consume more energy each year than many large countries use to power their entire economies.

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Press Release | May 30, 2013

Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies Could Save Louisiana Residents and Businesses over $4 Billion

New Orleans Already Beginning to Lead State in Energy Efficiency Efforts, but Tremendous Savings for Residents and Businesses Still Untapped

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Press Release | March 15, 2013

ACEEE Outlines 16 Policies to Remove Market Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Leverage Market Forces

Energy Efficiency Policies Could Save the U.S. Economy Almost $1 Trillion  

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Blog | January 15, 2013

Why DOE's Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big Deal

In a dose of bad news yesterday, the [no-glossary]U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)[/no-glossary] proposed to settle a lawsuit brought by the American Public Gas Association (APGA) that seeks to roll back gas [no-glossary]furnace[/no-glossary] efficiency standards. As a result, the new standards, completed in 2011 and slated to take effect this May, would be eliminated in favor of yet another round of DOE hearings and studies. The losers: consumers and the environment.

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