As the resident behavior sage and noted Christmas expert, I have collected some energy-saving tips from the Santa’s helpers here at ACEEE on how to have a low impact, low stress, energy-efficient holiday season. Yes, Virginia, you can have holiday cheer and save money, too!
Fueling our Future with Efficiency: Record Number of Abstracts Submitted to the 2012 “Buildings” Summer Study
As the Panel Leaders for the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings gather this week to select abstracts for eventual conference presentation, they will choose from more than 1,299 abstracts, a record number. This year’s submissions increased 32 percent over 2010. The 2012 Summer Study will be one conference you don’t want to miss!
Long-time friend and colleague, and former ACEEE Board member (1995 – 2001), Meg Fels died suddenly on Saturday, November 12 in Princeton, New Jersey. Meg apparently had a heart attack while biking on the tow path near her home. She was revived by a passing Samaritan, but her brain was without oxygen for too long. She died Saturday night surrounded by loved ones. Her third grandchild was born in the week while she was in the hospital.
As many members of the ACEEE family may have heard, Linda Latham, our Chief Operating Officer, succumbed to breast cancer on September 24, 2011. Linda had only been with ACEEE for a year and a half, but in that time she dramatically improved our finance, human resource, and IT systems while mentoring many of our staff and contributing substantially to our energy work.
ACEEE Launches New Web-Based Resource in Response to Opportunities in Local Energy Efficiency Policy
Local policy is becoming an increasingly important driver for energy efficiency with local governments and other local leaders continuing to create innovative solutions even when federal and state leadership is lacking. Additionally, local governments have many responsibilities and relationships that put them in a unique position to effectively translate energy efficiency goals into successful implementation, and ultimately create tangible on-the-ground results.
Motivating customers and organizations to change their behavior can lead to significant energy savings. A new report from ACEEE, Visible and Concrete Savings: Case Studies of Effective Behavioral Approaches to Improving Customer Energy Efficiency, profiles a variety of programs that spur individuals and organizations to save energy by changing behavior in their homes, businesses, and plants.
Each year when we set out to research and write the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, we find that states are rapidly moving forward on energy efficiency policies, achieving real results by helping people to save money and stop wasting energy. The quick pace of progress makes compiling states’ information quite challenging, which is why we have developed a foolproof strategy to engage the states and enlist their help as we draft the report.
ACEEE has worked on behavior and human dimension issues for many years. Since the 1980s, we have allocated a full panel to these issues at our Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.