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Celebrate Your Personal Energy Independence

Mon, 2010-07-05 15:03

With 4th of July celebrations upon us—as well as the summer heat—no one wants their energy bills to rise with the temperature. Now is the time to think about how to manage your home energy use effectively, practically, AND economically. How can you help contribute to our Energy Independence?

Here are some items to think about:

1 – Set your thermostat to 76, 78, or even 80 degrees. Does it really need to be at 70 degrees? Each two degree setting can save you 10% of your electric bill.

Jon Stewart on America's Energy Independence

Sun, 2010-06-20 13:01

Check out the clip below where Jon Stewart reviews the history of our country's declarations of energy independence. I think his analysis is dead on. At the national level, we have made many declarations and have fallen way short of our stated goals. However, I am optimistic that things are changing.

DOE Clean Energy Road Show

Fri, 2010-06-11 15:08

The Department of Energy's Clean Energy Roadshow was in Charlotte this week.  I attended a stakeholder's meeting at the Charlotte Government center as the DOE announced two community block grant awards for energy retrofits in the Charlotte and Greensboro markets.  It was a standing room only event, which was impressive given that almost none of the public attendees knew about it more than a day in advance.

Expectations for Climate Bill

Wed, 2010-06-09 17:59

Here's the latest update from the National SAVE Energy coalition:

Job Creation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Tue, 2010-06-01 11:49

We all want to create more jobs here in the U.S. One hundred percent of the ARRA funding for the wind sector has gone to projects that are installed and operate here in the U.S., spurring new wind farm development and supporting thousands of local jobs. What’s more, we have made great strides in U.S. wind turbine and turbine component manufacturing production--up 12-fold from 2004. To continue that very positive trend, we need a strong national RES to give businesses confidence to invest in manufacturing here for the long term. * 

What BP Taught Us About Going Green

Sat, 2010-05-29 08:20

I do not believe in "Green." 

In the LEED and BPI classes that I teach, this is one of the first things that I tell students. My students always express looks of utter confusion, and someone usually asks, "But you're a green training company. How can that be?"  

National Impacts of the BP Oil Spill

Sat, 2010-05-29 08:08

Beyond the immediate environmental catastrophe, what will the Gulf of Mexico oil spill mean for America's Energy Policy?

For the foreseeable future, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will simply mean more imported oil, more money to terrorist supporting nations, and more environmental risk in far-away places.

Home Star Update

Thu, 2010-05-27 14:16

Here’s the latest update from the National Save Energy Coalition.  The Home Star bill is now in the Senate and will hopefully be approved soon without major revisions. Once approved it will take a few months for the department of energy to work out the implementation so I am hopefull that we will see the program roll out by early-mid Fall time frame.

The Inefficiency of Bottled Water

Mon, 2010-03-29 10:57

Before I get into this blog, I would like to start with a short statement answering the question, why should you care?

First and most importantly, bottled water is very energy intensive. It takes lots of imported oil to make the bottle and transport it to your home, office, the gym, etc. That imported oil hurts our economy and fuels undemocratic regimes around the world. So, if you are a Patriot, and if you believe in democracy and freedom, then you should put down that bottled water and switch to tap - it's 100% American.

Home Star Updates & Webinar Available

Fri, 2010-03-26 09:08

Here is the latest update for the Home Star program from the National Save Energy Coalition.

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