Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies Could Save Louisiana Residents and Businesses over $4 Billion
New Orleans Already Beginning to Lead State in Energy Efficiency Efforts, but Tremendous Savings for Residents and Businesses Still Untapped
Newer Appliances Not Only More Efficient---They Perform the Same or Better as Older Models and Include a Slew of New Features
Washington, D.C.—Newer appliances are not only more efficient, they perform the same or better while including a large number of new features, according to a new report, Better Appliances: An Analysis of Performance, Features, and Price as Efficiency Has Improved, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). In many cases, product prices have stayed the same or even declined as efficiency has improved.
What if people could have access to a piece of valuable information that they don’t currently receive about the house they are considering for purchase? What if this could happen with very little bureaucracy and limited program implementation costs? Sound appealing?
ACEEE Outlines 16 Policies to Remove Market Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Leverage Market Forces
Energy Efficiency Policies Could Save the U.S. Economy Almost $1 Trillion
In a dose of bad news yesterday, the [no-glossary]U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)[/no-glossary] proposed to settle a lawsuit brought by the American Public Gas Association (APGA) that seeks to roll back gas [no-glossary]furnace[/no-glossary] efficiency standards. As a result, the new standards, completed in 2011 and slated to take effect this May, would be eliminated in favor of yet another round of DOE hearings and studies. The losers: consumers and the environment.
Advanced utility meters (so-called “smart meters”), coupled with in-home displays or feedback devices, provide the means by which residential energy consumers can become more knowledgeable about their energy consumption practices. Such devices enable consumers to become active managers of their own energy use, or in this case, their home electricity usage patterns.
As the energy efficiency of products, homes, and businesses improves, it becomes less expensive to operate them. The rebound effect postulates that people increase their use of products and facilities as a result of this reduction in operating costs, thereby reducing the energy savings achieved. Periodically, some analysts raise questions about the rebound effect, arguing that it is a major factor that needs to be accounted for when analyzing energy efficiency programs.
New Report Shows How Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Can Save Consumers Billions
“Not Your Father’s Energy Efficiency”: New “Intelligent Efficiency” Discoveries Focus on Interconnected Systems—Not Devices such as Cars or Refrigerators; Shift in Emphasis Could Slash 12-22 Percent of Current U.S. Energy Use.