It’s almost here—that special time of year when shopping moves from a basic necessity to a competitive sport and stores are offering deals that may stop you in your tracks. As Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah are closing in, and with fewer weekends than usual before the end of the year, the pressure to shop ‘til you drop is stronger than ever. But don’t panic—we and some of our friends will help you though this pressure cooker situation and make sure that you have the tools to avoid dead-end deals and find the products that will pay you, and the environment, back for your commitment to energy efficiency.
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Light is amazing. Not only is the lightbulb the international symbol for ideas and innovation, but lighting is one of humankind’s earliest technologies. From the first fires to candles to oil lamps, when Thomas Edison created the incandescent lightbulb in 1879, it was the best invention since—well, the lightbulb! However, though the bulb itself represented innovation, the incandescent technology used today is largely the same as in Edison’s time—hardly innovative.
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Tagged DOE, Energy Efficiency, energy efficiency programs, ENERGY STAR, high efficiency products, Innovation, LED, LED Lighting, Northeast, residential lighting strategy
Yes, Halloween is just around the corner, but we’re not talking about the types of vampires or phantoms that frequent late night television programming or beaming computer screens in dark living rooms. What we are talking about can be just as frightening — the technology, that portrays those eerie figures, itself. Vampire or phantom loads refer to the appliances and electronics that draw electricity from your outlets, even when they are turned off.
The incessant leaching of idle electricity drains your electrical system and adds up on the electricity bill. So what can we do to protect ourselves against these types of loads, become more energy efficient and save money on our electric bills?
The answer is not garlic, a wooden stake, catching up on Scooby Doo, or even going around and unplugging every device. (ZOIKS!) It’s much simpler than battling the ghastly forces of evil that pervade the various rooms of your home.
In the distance, there is a soft humming of a compressor, the ticking of its meter, and the whirring of the fan. The warm blanket of air envelopes the room. The small metallic grating in the wall glints with polished cleanliness. The faint scent, the very aroma, of money saved in your wallet perfumes the room.
A bit melodramatic?
Yes, well it can’t be helped. When one begins to imagine heating a home efficiently with an Air-Source Heat Pump, the senses simply ignite with excitement.
The Northeast Mid-Atlantic region is a leader in energy efficiency and has achieved substantial energy savings over the last several decades. Innovations in lighting, HVAC, and air sealing have meant homes continue to become more efficient. But why aren’t we seeing electricity bills shrink across the board?
The QPL is growing at a blistering pace!
LEXINGTON, MA, July 11, 2013 – The international commercial LED lighting qualification program, DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) marked its biggest milestone yet last month when it listed its 25,000th high efficiency lighting product on its Qualified Products List (QPL). The DLC QPL is a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high efficiency LED products for the commercial sector. Today, the QPL sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and into Canada while informing manufacturer product development. Continue reading
Let us take you on a journey. A journey of commercial lighting developments through time, and into a bright and promising future. Don’t miss the 2013 DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Stakeholder Meeting in Chicago (July 22-25), where a group of keynote panelists will be presenting exciting developments and prospects in the three main communities which make up DLC stakeholders: utility and energy efficiency programs, lighting manufacturers and lighting designers (Testing labs, installers, researchers and customers have no need to feel left out—we are thinking of you all the time!).
This is your last chance to register for NEEP’s BCE workshop at the 2013 Energy Efficiency Summit!
Business and Consumer Electronics (BCEs) programs have long been the cause of frustration for efficiency programs. As described in a recent NEEP blog post, energy consumption per device is low, but the aggregated energy use of electronics is a staggering 15% of the household. This sizeable potential for energy savings is like an object that is just out of reach. The very innovation and diversity that makes electronics appealing to consumers creates enormous design challenges for efficiency programs. How can you earn savings when each product uses a small amount of energy, but added together have a large effect? Continue reading
How many of you have heard claims that sounded something like these: “Appliance efficiency standards stand in the way of product innovation. Energy efficient appliances simply don’t work as well. Standards drive up the prices for appliances.” Each claim above, and many more, has been voiced repeatedly by challengers of appliance efficiency standards. Without the data and analysis to refute these claims, misinformation about appliance standards has continued to propagate. Continue reading
Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) pay back big in the long run.
Your water heater lives an inconspicuous life. It is often over looked, hidden away in some far recess of your basement, collecting a thin film of dust. If you’re like most folks, only when it ceases to function properly (or at all) do you become aware of it. When it needs to be replaced you don’t know what’s worse, the cost of new equipment or another arctic rinse. But let’s face it; your tolerance of cold showers quickly erodes after the first plunge.
After your core body temperature returns to normal you have to call a plumber. Unless your house is in constant disarray, your plumber isn’t on speed dial. While online to find a decent plumber in your area, do some background research to get a sense of what you need and how much it will cost. You quickly conclude that the average installed cost for a standard electric resistance water heater is roughly $600. Unfortunately, despite your internet prowess and proficiency in cyberspace you may have over-looked the sparse information about heat pump water heaters (HPWH). Rather than an electric resistance water heater, HPWHs function much like a refrigerator in reverse. HPWHs pull heat from the surrounding air and force it, at a higher temperature, into a tank to heat water. Continue reading
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Tagged CO2, emissions, Energy, Heat Pump Water Heater, high efficiency products, HPWH, kwh, kwh savings, lifetime energy savings, payback, utility rebates