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Blog Post | April 22, 2013

Why Increasing Information on a Home’s Energy Use Will Help Homebuyers Make Smarter Decisions

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?

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Press Release | March 27, 2013

Multifamily Housing Offers Opportunity for Utilities Seeking to Meet Energy Efficiency Goals

Study Recommends Nine Strategies for Designing Successful Programs

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Press Release | March 15, 2013

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  

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Blog Post | March 5, 2013

“Multifamily March”: A Month for Mapping the Path to Energy Savings for Apartment Buildings and Condos

Whole-home energy retrofits are growing in popularity across the country, but what if you are one of the more than 20 million American households that live in an apartment or condo? What if you own or manage an apartment building? Multifamily buildings represent a large and mostly untapped potential for saving energy as traditional energy efficiency programs have focused on single-family homes or commercial office buildings.

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Blog Post | February 15, 2013

Capitalizing on Where Water and Energy Meet

Cross-posted from the blog of the U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter

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Press Release | January 22, 2013

12 Programs Awarded for Saving Both Water and Energy

ACEEE and AWE Announce Award-Winning Water-Energy Efficiency Programs

Washington, D.C.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) today announced the first-ever awards for exceptional efficiency programs that save both energy and water. ACEEE and AWE are recognizing a total of 12 top programs including five exemplary award winners and seven honorable mentions.

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Blog Post | November 15, 2012

Improving Travel Efficiency at the Local Level

A comprehensive approach to transportation energy efficiency must include a combination of strategies targeted at both vehicle fuel efficiency and travel behavior. While the federal government has taken the lead on fuel efficiency, local and regional policies that reduce the need for driving are also essential to achieve an efficient and sustainable transportation system.

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Blog Post | October 16, 2012

What Is an Energy Efficiency Job?

The impact of investments in energy efficiency extends well beyond reducing energy costs or addressing the environmental impacts of energy extraction and use. These investments provide jobs for American workers and help them to support their families and communities.

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Blog Post | September 6, 2012

Energy Efficiency and Economic Opportunity

The economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. Efficiency also contributes to economic development and job creation. But who benefits most from these economic opportunities? At every step of the economic value chain produced by efficiency investments (see figure below), there are opportunities to target the economic and social benefits to those households, businesses, geographies, or sectors for whom they will make the biggest difference.

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Blog Post | May 2, 2012

Of Gold and Goldilocks: Funding the Next Chapter in the Local Energy Efficiency Journey

This post is the third of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The second was about the challenges and successes of local energy planning around the United States.

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