Archive

February 2015

Blog Post | February 25, 2015

California building codes: to analyze the forest you need to understand the trees

ACEEE is a strong supporter of analyzing energy efficiency programs in order to see what they have accomplished and to learn lessons so we can do even better. It was thus with interest that we reviewed “How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California” by Arik Levinson.

Read More
Blog Post | February 25, 2015

Water heaters get an efficiency makeover courtesy of the Department of Energy

From the rustic 1850s pump shower to the 1920s Humphrey automatic to today’s modern units, water heaters have made great strides in performance and efficiency.

Read More
Blog Post | February 23, 2015

Looking to the future of energy efficiency markets and programs

Part Three in a series where ACEEE examines the most effective roles for energy efficiency programs and market-driven solutions in scaling deployment of energy efficiency. To read Part One click here. For Part Two, click here.

Read More
Blog Post | February 17, 2015

A look at the history of efforts to increase reliance on market forces to drive energy efficiency

Part Two in a series where ACEEE examines the most effective roles for energy efficiency programs and market-driven solutions in scaling deployment of energy efficiency. Click here to read Part One.

Read More
Blog Post | February 11, 2015

Energy efficiency gamification: chicken fedoras and serious savings

How far would you go to win an energy-saving contest? The Hall family of Bellevue, Washington turned off their lights, unplugged all nonessential appliances, brewed their coffee and cooked their meals outside, and used computers at the library instead of at home. In one month, they reduced their energy consumption by 94%, easily winning the grand prize—a $7,500 Lowe’s gift card—in the Be an Energy Rockstar contest sponsored by Puget Sound Energy. Students at Minnesota’s Carleton College went even further: they camped outside for the duration of their winter campus competition.

Read More
Blog Post | February 11, 2015

New national furnace standards will save consumers money, but stronger standards could save even more

Yesterday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for furnaces that would provide significant savings for consumers on their home heating bills, and be among the biggest natural-gas saving standards ever completed by the agency. The new standards would reduce gas and propane furnace energy consumption by about 13% relative to basic furnaces sold today.

Read More
Blog Post | February 10, 2015

Why we don’t have to choose between energy efficiency programs and market-driven solutions

Part One in a series where ACEEE examines the most effective roles for energy efficiency programs and market-driven solutions in scaling the deployment of energy efficiency.

Read More
Press Release | February 4, 2015

Electric Cars Gain Ground in Environmental Vehicle Rankings

Today at greenercars.org, ACEEE released its 18th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles. 

Read More
Blog Post | February 4, 2015

Energy efficiency and community resilience: making the connection to keep the lights on and our homes warm

Communities face a growing number of stresses that pose risks to their energy systems and economies. These include aging infrastructure in need of costly maintenance upgrades and severe weather events. Energy efficiency is a strategy—albeit not a broadly recognized one—to enhance the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve.

Read More