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May 2019

Blog Post | May 23, 2019

Fuel economy gains, now at risk, reduce cost of summer road trips

As nearly 43 million Americans hit the road over Memorial Day weekend, they will see firsthand how improved fuel economy saves them money. Put simply, they won’t have to stop as often or spend as much for gas, leaving more time and money for summer fun.

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Blog Post | May 21, 2019

For existing homes, energy efficiency often has a better return on investment than solar

Looking for an investment with a high, secure return on investment? A light energy efficiency retrofit of a typical existing home can deliver a whopping 18.5% return annually, nearly double that of long-term stocks. It’s also a much higher return than that of residential rooftop solar, though they both deliver complementary cuts in carbon emissions that are necessary to address the climate challenge.

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Blog Post | May 16, 2019

Prepay: Saving electricity and money or going without?

As more utilities look at prepay plans, new research finds this option carries both benefits and potential risks. While it may put at risk the wellbeing of some customers trying to save money, it can also lower electricity use and garner customer satisfaction.

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Blog Post | May 14, 2019

Deep retrofits: Financing needs to play a critical role

This is the fourth and final blog post in our series on recent developments in energy efficiency financing. Prior posts covered Energy Service Agreements, PACE Financing, and on-bill finance.

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Blog Post | May 9, 2019

Virginia’s improved efficiency offerings model success for the Southeast

Virginia has recently made a major leap forward on energy efficiency and can serve as a successful model for utility efforts under consideration in Southeast states, including Louisiana, North Carolina, and Florida.

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Blog Post | May 8, 2019

Portland’s cutting-edge tool for home buyers gains momentum in other US cities

Ever wonder how much a home’s utility bills will cost before you buy it? Portland, Oregon, has a cutting-edge policy that gives homebuyers such information, enabling them to consider energy efficiency when buying a home, just as many consumers do when shopping for a car. Other cities are looking at similar programs.

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Press Release | May 7, 2019

WA and CO Join Growing State Push for Efficient Appliances

Joint Statement by ACEEE’s Steve Nadel and ASAP’s Marianne DiMascio

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Blog Post | May 2, 2019

New in-store label for window coverings will give shoppers a clear view of energy savings

In US stores this year, consumers will see a new label on window attachments such as blinds and shades that will help them find the product with the greatest energy savings for their climate.

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Press Release | May 1, 2019

ACEEE Says Mahalo to Hawaii for Leadership on Energy Efficiency

Washington, DC — Hawaii’s state legislature approved a bill (HB556) this week that would adopt minimum efficiency standards for common household products including computers, faucets, and showerheads. Governor David Ige is expected to sign the bill into law, saving Hawaiians millions of dollars on their utility bills and billions of gallons of water annually. 

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