There are many tips out there about saving energy in your home. So many, in fact, that it can leave you wondering, “Well, what are the things that I should focus my attention on to really cut down on energy use and energy bills?” In my former job as an energy auditor, one of the most frustrating things I encountered was hearing the many misconceptions about how energy is used in the home. This old conventional wisdom really confuses honest efforts to cut down on energy use and lower monthly utility bill payments.
Washington, D.C.—ACEEE is pleased to announce that Janice Berman of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Denise Fairchild of Emerald Cities Collaborative, and Clay Nesler of Johnson Controls have joined ACEEE’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Berman is senior director of energy efficiency strategy for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). She is responsible for providing strategic leadership of PG&E’s Energy Efficiency portfolio.
Policymakers at every level of government, business leaders, designers and implementers of energy efficiency programs, researchers, and advocates have come to depend upon ACEEE’s research to inform and guide their decisions. ACEEE’s Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing research of the highest quality and responsiveness.
As many regular readers of our reports and blog posts know, for the past decade ACEEE has increasingly been working on energy efficiency policy at the state level, working with local allies to encourage the development and implementation of best-practice energy efficiency policies. Our focus on states was brought home to us when we realized that our nation-trotting staff were testifying or conducting field work in four different states early this week.
ACEEE recently completed its 3rd National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs. We are pleased to recognize the programs listed below. ACEEE and an expert review panel selected these programs as examples of leading designs and practices for energy efficiency programs offered by utilities and related organizations serving utility customers. A compendium of profiles of all these programs will be published later this spring. The profiles will feature program descriptions, performance, and key lessons learned. ACEEE completed earlier national reviews in 2003 and 2008.
Toyota Prius C Bests Several Electric Vehicles to Earn Top Spot
Washington, D.C.—With aggressive national fuel economy standards kicking in for model years 2012 to 2025, automakers have provided consumers with an impressive array of efficient vehicle options for 2013 according to new environmental automotive ratings released today. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 15th annual comprehensive environmental ratings can be found at greenercars.org.
10th Edition Features New Lighting, Home Electronics, and Water Heating Information
Washington, D.C.—“Save Money, Save the Earth.” That motto has appeared on the cover of every edition of theConsumer Guide to Home Energy Savings since the first book was published in 1991. It’s a big promise, and one that appears on the 10th and newest edition released today by the co-publishers, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and New Society Publishers (NSP).
Washington, D.C.—The U.S. EPA recently found that auto manufacturers Hyundai and Kia had overstated the fuel economy of several of their vehicles in model years 2011, 2012, and 2013. EPA has released updated fuel economy label values for these vehicles. As a result, ACEEE has adjusted Green Book ratings for model years 2011 and 2012.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Presents 2012 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards
Pacific Grove, Calif.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards last night at its 17th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, or private sector initiatives. The winners for 2012 are:
Washington, D.C.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently announced that Naomi Baum has joined the organization as chief operating officer, and Ethan Rogers has been hired as the senior manager to run the organization's research program on industrial energy efficiency.