Archive

April 2019

Blog Post | April 25, 2019

Energy-efficient building codes are a cost-effective foundation for rooftop solar

An ACEEE analysis released today finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy efficiency is more cost effective. Each month, it delivers $4 to $32 in net savings while rooftop solar alone can cost up to $14.

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Blog Post | April 24, 2019

Greenercars update: Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai top 2019’s Greenest List

In updated rankings published today, Greenercars.org has a new winner for 2019 — the Mercedes-Benz smart EQ fortwo Coupe. It now tops the Greenest List, beating the Hyundai Ioniq Electric by one point and joining other green vehicles with state-of-the-art technology such as automation and electric powertrains.

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Blog Post | April 23, 2019

Will vehicle automation help or hurt the environment? Join our conversation

Many of today’s cars are already available with connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. Testing of fully autonomous vehicles is underway in cities and states across the United States, including Arizona, Texas, and Wyoming. And 22 US states and Washington, DC, have already passed legislation to shape the rollout and impacts of these vehicles.

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Blog Post | April 22, 2019

ACEEE debunks the myths behind the Ohio bill that would gut efficiency programs

As the Ohio state legislature holds a hearing tomorrow on a bill that would effectively gut the state’s energy efficiency programs, we want to explain why the bill's special interest supporters are flat out wrong.

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Press Release | April 22, 2019

Energy Efficiency is Great News for Earth Day

Statement of Steve Nadel, ACEEE executive director

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Blog Post | April 18, 2019

On-bill financing gains ground but faces barriers to wider adoption

This is the third of a four-part series of blog posts on recent developments and trends in energy efficiency financing. Prior posts covered energy service agreements and PACE financing.

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Blog Post | April 17, 2019

Earth Day since the 70s: A founder's tale

In 1970, headbands were in, Simon & Garfunkel topped the charts, and Denis Hayes, a graduate student at Harvard, read about a fledgling environmental movement. Determined to volunteer, he flew to Washington, DC, with the intention of organizing Earth Day at Harvard. Instead, he became the organizer for Earth Day across the entire United States.

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Blog Post | April 11, 2019

How to spur home energy upgrades? Persuasive assessment reports

In a world of 280-character tweets, people have limited attention spans. So to nudge them toward making energy efficiency upgrades, home assessment reports need to grab their attention in the first few pages, according to ACEEE research that evaluated the eye-tracking habits of potential customers.

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Blog Post | April 10, 2019

Is ridesharing the key to AV success? We talk to an expert

The environmental impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is up in the air, but Judi Greenwald sees advantages to integrating them into fleets that provide mobility as a service.

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Blog Post | April 9, 2019

Efficiency reduces energy burdens for low-income multifamily households

Energy efficiency programs save an average of more than $100 in utility bills for low-income households living in multifamily buildings, helping many of them pay their bills on time and avoid service disconnections, according to an ACEEE survey of 32 programs across the United States.

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