Energy Efficiency Topics

Standardized, accepted, test procedures for characterizing the energy performance of building components and equipment are necessary for developing...
Public buildings (buildings owned by the federal or local government) represent a significant portion of buildings in the U.S., and therefore a...
Nearly every home in America has a refrigerator—over 20% own more than one—and about a third have a stand alone freezer.  All told, about 126...
Sources of renewable energy include sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat. In contrast to fossil fuel-generated energy, renewable...
Research and Development (R&D) is critical to advancing energy efficiency by promoting the creation, development, and commercialization of new...
America' existing housing stock offers tremendous opportunities for energy savings. However, capturing this savings potential within the...
A "smart grid" is an electrical transmission and distribution system that employs a full array of advanced electronic metering, communications,...
(For information on emergency power and associated utility rates for distributed energy, see Standby Rates.) Standby, or “phantom” power is the...
Standby rates are charges levied by utilities when a distributed generation system, such as an on-site CHP system, experiences a scheduled or...
  Tax reform provides us with an opportunity to remove current barriers to efficiency investments and to use the tax code as a tool to support...
What does the future hold for the Clean Power Plan? On August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final version of the...
The evolution of the traffic signal market is a true energy efficiency success story. Prior to 2000, most traffic signals used incandescent lights...
Distribution transformers reduce the voltage of an electric utility’s power distribution line to the lower voltages suitable for most of the...
Fuel economy and emissions standards are not the only components to consider when addressing transportation sector energy use in the long term. U.S...
Investor-owned utilities (private companies with ownership shares held by stockholders) serve the majority of electricity and natural gas customers...
Efforts to minimize tailpipe pollution and reduce oil consumption target fleets because they represent a concentration and level of planning that...
Meeting the challenges of oil dependence and global warming calls for big changes in the way our cars are powered. Today automotive technology is...
Municipal water supply and wastewater treatment (W&WW) systems are among the most energy-intensive facilities owned and are operated by...
Water heating includes residential and commercial hot water systems. Water heating consumes 12% of residential energy and 7% of commercial energy....
Windows include typical single- double- or triple-paned residential fenestration, as well as commercial building glazing. Windows are generally...