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Parking for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Wed, 2011-08-17 10:05

They say perception is reality. But parking in a spot reserved for fuel efficient vehicles won't magically make your car fuel efficient. Maybe it depends on your definition of the term. Maybe you need to take into account the size of the vehicle. What is a "fuel efficient vehicle" anyway? Most of us think Prius or Honda. There are lots of fuel efficient cars which don't look it and lots of cars that may appear to be fuel efficient, but aren't.

What are you driving, and what makes it fuel efficient? What do you think of when you see this picture?

What is a Commercial Energy Manager?

Tue, 2011-08-16 14:08

An Energy Manager is usually a commercial building or industrial professional with the knowledge, skills, and experience to maximize building energy efficiency. The responsibilities of an Energy Manager range from capital planning to equipment operations to supervising or performing equipment maintenance. Typically, commercial and industrial equipment consists of boilers, chillers, roof top units, lighting systems, building automation (control) systems, ventilation systems, and more.

Corporate Sustainability & The Global Reporting Initiative

Mon, 2011-08-15 09:03

One of the fastest growing sustainability standards organizations that few Americans have heard of is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI sets the standards for corporate sustainability reporting similar to the way the US Green Building Council sets the standards for green building reporting.

The GRI is focused on leading the way to a sustainable global economy where organizations manage their economic, environmental, social and governance performance and report their impacts responsibly transparently.

Record Heat Strains the Texas Electric Grid

Thu, 2011-08-04 09:01

Where are all the BPI Building Analysts and RESNET HERS Raters in Texas? Summer is in full swing, and our energy demands have never been higher. This is evident by the recent strain to the Texas electric grid. A recent news article highlights this issue.

Texas electric grid managers are appealing to the public again to shut off their lights or any other nonessential devices that consume electricity.

15 Full BPI Training Scholarships Available

Tue, 2011-08-02 09:58

Disclaimer: These scholarships are no longer available. This was an opportunity from 2011. Please stay tuned for more scholarships. We will post them as they become available.

Everblue is excited to announce 15 full BPI training scholarships. These BPI Scholarships are for any student that can attend a BPI Building Analyst and/or BPI Envelope Professional course in Phenix City, Alabama.

Only 15 seats available

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Revived in Congress

Mon, 2011-08-01 11:18

capitol hillProperty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) allows homeowners to finance energy improvements through financing by a local government that is paid back through a special assessment on their property taxes. This great program which has the potential to radically improve America’s energy usage was shut down by the Federal Housing Administration as a threat to Mortgage lenders.

New homes to meet RESNET HERS Rater standards

Mon, 2011-07-25 12:44

NVR, Inc., one of the largest homebuilders in the nation has committed its four divisions to have all of their homes energy rated by certified RESNET home energy raters and market their home’s HERS Index.

Energy Auditor & Home Performance Business Models Webinar

Tue, 2011-06-07 21:49

On June 7th, I spoke on a “Getting Started with Home Performance Contracting” webinar Session. There were over 745 participants which is a very impressive turn out for Efficiency First, Everblue Training Institute, Saturn Resources, and the Department of Energy. During the class a few polls were conducted and the audience was as follows: One third were energy auditors, one third were looking to get started in the industry, and the remaining third were either NA or already a Home Performance Contractor.

Everblue and EGIA Partner to Grow Green

Tue, 2011-06-07 09:52

Everblue Training Institute and Electric & Gas Industries Association Partner to Grow Green Collar Workforce

Beyond The Solar Panels

Mon, 2011-06-06 11:06

Sure, the solar panels are an important part of the system – perhaps the most important part. However, the job doesn’t end when you slide the last solar panel into the rack. In fact, the job is just beginning. Without proper converters, wiring, fuses ,and grounding devices, the solar panels will be ineffective at best, or dangerous at worst.

Below are other components of a solar system that you must consider during installation.

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