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August 2018

Blog Post | August 30, 2018

On Labor Day, we salute the 2.2 million-plus Americans who work to save energy

Tiffany Perrin seals leaky windows and walls. Sonny Gordon makes well-insulated building panels. Marilyn Bryce-Schanhals provides affordable, energy-saving home upgrades.

These are the faces of the growing energy efficiency workforce. In the United States alone, at least 2.25 million people work directly, some or all of their time, on energy-saving products and services. They outnumber all the workers who produce coal, oil, gas, and electricity, including renewables.

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Blog Post | August 23, 2018

Energy efficiency helps rural households afford energy bills

In rural South Carolina, Maxine Stroman struggled to pay her energy bills. Her husband had recently died, leaving her the sole source of income for their two young children. “I had to make some choices on whether to pay my high energy bill or cut back on my grocery bill or cut back on other day-to-day necessities,” she said.

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Press Release | August 14, 2018

ACEEE Presents 2018 Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards

Pacific Grove, California—ACEEE presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards last night at its 20th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners demonstrate excellence in research and development, energy policy, implementation and deployment, buildings leadership, or lifetime achievement. The 2018 winners are:

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Blog Post | August 7, 2018

Good news from the Midwest: Michigan emerges as energy efficiency powerhouse

Despite recent challenges and setbacks for energy efficiency in the Midwest, promising advances are also taking place.

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Blog Post | August 7, 2018

Zero energy ready homes gain ground: Summer Study speaker highlights trend

The push toward efficient, high-performance buildings has involved both technologies and programs. Next week, at ACEEE’s popular biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, more than 350 speakers will explore this promising trend — from data analytics and connected devices to building codes and federal programs.

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Blog Post | August 6, 2018

India’s new scorecard shows states are stepping ahead on energy efficiency

In India last week, ACEEE’s sister organization released the first-ever scorecard to track the energy efficiency efforts of India’s 29 states and capital, Delhi – a step forward for the country.

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Blog Post | August 2, 2018

Equity in energy efficiency: Summer Study speakers discuss topic

In our new Rural Energy Burden report, we find that low-income residents spend a much bigger share of their income on energy bills than other Americans. ACEEE has increasingly focused on this “energy burden” in recent years, because we want to make energy affordable for everyone. At our Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings next month, we will devote an entire panel to equity.

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Press Release | August 2, 2018

Rollback of fuel efficiency standards would cost consumers billions

Statement by Therese Langer, ACEEE Transportation Program Director

The Trump administration’s plan to roll back clean car standards will force Americans to pay more at the gas pump and increase air pollution that harms our health and the environment. 

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Blog Post | August 1, 2018

New programs nudge homeowners to switch to electric heat pumps

From coast to coast, several programs are starting to help homeowners switch from space and water heating fueled by oil, propane, and natural gas to high-efficiency heat pumps powered by clean electricity. Multiple studies have found such conversions will be necessary to achieve deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions (see here and here), while also saving energy and money for customers.

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