Price vs Piece of Mind

In today’s competitive environment, it is too easy to get lured into a buying decision with an offer of lowest price. This often results in a “buyer beware situation” where you ask yourself; am I really going to get what they are selling me for that low price? More often than not when something sounds too good to be true, that is usually the case. There is a reason that sound advice is to complete your diligence on the company, check references and find out if the vendor truly delivers on what they promise. It’s easy to promise, close deals … Read more

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DOE Partnership will focus on Energy Performance and Building Appraisals

DOE and The Appraisal Foundation have formed a partnership that will help expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE and The Appraisal Foundation Announce New Partnership to Focus on Energy Performance and Building Appraisals

DOE announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation that will help expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings and help American businesses to reduce energy waste. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $15 Million for Next Generation Energy-Efficient Lighting

DOE has awarded nearly $15 million to support eight new research projects to speed up development of efficienct solid-state lighting technologies Share and Enjoy:

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Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $15 Million for Next Generation Energy-Efficient Lighting

Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced nearly $15 million to support eight new research and development projects that will accelerate the development and deployment of high-efficiency solid-state lighting technologies like LEDs and OLEDs. Share and Enjoy:

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FHA, Fannie Mae Launch Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced its Green Refinance Plus, a program between HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Fannie Mae, to boost energy efficiency in older affordable housing. Share and Enjoy:

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How the Recovery Act and Community Organizing are Saving Major Cash for San Mateo County Residents

California’s San Mateo County has used nearly $110,000 from DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program to get the word out about financial incentives and rebates for home energy upgrade. Share and Enjoy:

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Vice President Names First DOE "Top Energy Innovator"

A Boulder, Colorado, company was the first to sign an option agreement under DOE’s new “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, Vice President Biden has announced. The company will use a new thin film window tint to help cool buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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World’s Largest Medical Center now among the Most Energy Efficient

The Texas Medical Center recently celebrated the completion of a 48-megawatt combined heat and power system. The system, funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help save $200 million in energy costs over the next 15 years. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Funds U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center

DOE has announced its $25 million commitment to support the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center, which will focus on building energy efficiency, second-generation biofuels, and solar energy. Share and Enjoy:

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Energy Star Building Projects Honored

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given 79 commercial building design projects the Designed to Earn the Energy Star certification in the past year. In total, the projects are estimated to save more than $7 million in annual energy costs. Share and Enjoy:

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Education Department Program Advances Sustainable Schools

To encourage school systems to cut expenses through energy efficiency and green building measures, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a Green Ribbon Schools program. The first winners will be announced next year. Share and Enjoy:

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American Institute of Architects Select Top Ten Green Projects

The American Institute of Architects named the new Research Support Facility at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory one of its Top Ten Green Projects for excellence in sustainable design and reduced energy consumption. Share and Enjoy:

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Middlebury Students Practice ‘Self-Reliance’ with U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 House

Middlebury College seems like a naturally suited location for a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 team. It comes as no surprise that two years ago, architectural studies major Addison Godine and three other students created a proposal for the Solar Decathlon competition. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Labs Join to Develop Next-Generation Cool Roofs

Two of DOE’s national laboratories will join with The Dow Chemical Company to research ways to improve cool roof efficiency by more than 50% over existing technologies. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Join with Dow Chemical to Develop Next-Generation Cool Roofs

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have joined with Dow Chemical Company to fund key research that will help develop the next generation of cool roof technologies in the United States. Share and Enjoy:

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Miami Students’ U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Design Focused on Sustainability

Florida International University students knew they had to come up with something that would effectively function in the tropical, variable climate of Miami for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Share and Enjoy:

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Better Homes, Better Buildings, Better Communities

Martha Stewart created an empire by inviting Americans into her home to show how one small improvement could dramatically transform a room or how tweaking an old recipe could surprise your palette. Martha Stewart, however, is not an engineer so why would she take a personal interest in BetterBuildings, a DOE program to reduce energy waste in homes and businesses? Share and Enjoy:

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EPA Names Cities with the Most Energy Star-Certified Buildings

In the third annual tally of cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings, Los Angeles, California, remained atop the list with 510 buildings. This year’s list was released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 14. Share and Enjoy:

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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Participants Bring Innovation to D.C.’s Ward 7

In honor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011—which challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive—we are profiling each of the 20 teams participating in the competition. Share and Enjoy:

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A Former "Most Wanted" Building Gets a Reprieve

“Most Wanted” posters identifying bandits and desperadoes are familiar images to anyone who has ever seen a Western movie. If they still made those posters, and if they offered rewards for turning in energy inefficient buildings, the Cedar Park City Hall would have been one of the meanest outlaws this side of West Texas. Share and Enjoy:

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NREL’s Energy Modeling Tools Help Cut Energy Use in Buildings

A team at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a suite of energy modeling tools to help cut down on building energy consumption. The tools are free to anyone who wants to use them. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Helps Launch the Multi-Agency i6 Green Challenge for Commercialization

DOE has joined with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to kickoff the $12 million i6 Green Challenge, which aims to establish innovative regional centers for the commercialization of clean technologies. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Fellowships to Support the Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

DOE has launched two new fellowship programs designed to attract the best and brightest scientific minds in the United States to work on advanced renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Share and Enjoy:

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Obama Administration Announces Launch of i6 Green Challenge to Promote Clean Energy Innovation and Economic Growth

DOE joined with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and its Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship today to announce the opening of the $12 million i6 Green Challenge. Share and Enjoy:

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USDA Requests Renewable Energy Funds in FY 2012 Budget

Although President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture decreased to $23.9 billion, the budget still invests $6.5 billion to support renewable and clean energy. Share and Enjoy:

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President Sets Better Buildings Initiative for Energy Efficiency

Following his call in his State of the Union for clean energy advances, President Obama has proposed a “Better Buildings Initiative” to make commercial buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. Share and Enjoy:

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Market-Driven High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners Boosted

DOE has joined with the private sector to support market-based efforts to develop and deploy next-generation high-efficiency air conditioners for commercial buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Facilitates Market-Driven Solutions to Develop and Deploy New High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners

DOE announced that it is joining with the private sector to support market-based efforts to develop and deploy next- generation high-efficiency air conditioners for commercial buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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300,000 Homes Weatherized in Recovery Act Milestone

More than 300,000 low-income homes have been weatherized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DOE has announced, marking the halfway point of the Administration’s goal. Share and Enjoy:

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The New American Home Incorporates Energy-Saving Technologies

The National Council of the Housing Industry and Builder Magazine have revealed the 2011 edition of “The New American Home,” which aims to use 42% less energy than a similar house built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Share and Enjoy:

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President Obama Signs Bill Extending Energy Efficiency, Renewable Provisions

President Obama has signed a bill that temporarily extends for one year various energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. A key portion is Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides cash assistance to energy producers in place of tax credits. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Names First Companies to Earn Industrial Energy Efficiency Certification

DOE has announced the first industrial plants in the country to be certified under the Superior Energy Performance program, a new market-based industrial energy efficiency program designed to save money and reduce energy use. Share and Enjoy:

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Energy Department Completes Cool Roof Installation on D.C. Headquarters Building to Save Money by Saving Energy

Secretary Steven Chu today announced the completion of a new cool roof installation on the Department of Energy’s Headquarters West Building. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Offers $21 Million in Commercial Building Energy Assistance

DOE has announced that 24 projects are receiving a total of $21 million in technical assistance to reduce the amount of energy used in their commercial buildings. Share and Enjoy:

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USDA Boosts more than 500 Rural Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing more than $30 million in loans and grants to 516 recipients for rural renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Share and Enjoy:

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Vice President Biden Launches DOE Home Energy Scoring Program

Vice President Joe Biden has launched DOE’s Home Energy Score, a pilot program designed to give homeowners reliable information about their homes’ energy efficiency. Share and Enjoy:

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Officials Back Big Boost for Building Energy Efficiency Code

Local and state building code officials have approved a package of revisions to the commercial section of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that represent the largest single-step efficiency increase in the history of the national, model energy code. Share and Enjoy:

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Vice President Biden Launches Home Energy Scoring Program

Vice President Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu today to announce the launch of the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score will offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes’ energy efficiency. Share and Enjoy:

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Army Adopts New Sustainable Policy for Buildings, Lighting

The U.S. Army has issued two new policy memorandums to improve its building efficiency and require more light bulbs that are energy efficient as part of an effort to increase sustainability. Share and Enjoy:

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GSA Moves to LEED Gold Standard for All New Federal Buildings

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is moving toward requiring LEED Gold certification for all new federal buildings, as well as major renovations. Share and Enjoy:

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FTC Will Require EnergyGuide Labels for Televisions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said that its amended Appliance Labeling Rule requires that televisions manufactured after May 10, 2011 must display EnergyGuide labels to help consumer make better choices. Share and Enjoy:

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2010 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard Cites State Leaders

The nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, showing California and Massachusetts lead all states while overall efficiency budgets have nearly doubled since 2007. Share and Enjoy:

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U.S. Cities Show Global Leadership at Swedish Green Conference

Eleven U.S. mayors will share their urban sustainability practices with European peers at the European Green Capital Conference on October 20-22 in Stockholm, Sweden. Share and Enjoy:

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EIA: Home Heating Costs to Increase Slightly This Winter

U.S. households that heat their homes with natural gas will see an average increase in home heating costs of about 4% this winter, while those using heating oil will experience a larger increase, according to the latest projections from DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Names Winners of 2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

DOE has bestowed the 2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards upon more than 30 individuals and groups that implemented renewable energy and water efficiency projects at federal facilities, saving the federal government more than $40 million in a single year. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards Third Grant for U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center

DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $12.5 million to lead a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Share and Enjoy:

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Clean Energy Conferences Abound Through the End of 2010

Solar power, geothermal energy, building efficiency, green power, and green roofs are among the topics explored in national conferences through the end of this year. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces Dates for the Solar Decathlon 2011

In less than one year, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will bustle with activity as 20 student teams prepare their solar homes for DOE’s fifth Solar Decathlon. The opening ceremony will be held on September 22, 2011, and the event will open to the public the following day. Share and Enjoy:

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National Solar Tour Comes to All 50 States This Year

While the Solar Decathlon is still a year away, the National Solar Tour is now offering open-house tours of solar-powered homes, businesses, and public agencies. This year, local tours are available in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Jalisco, Mexico. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces Winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow 2010 Competition

DOE, the American Lighting Association, and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency have announced the winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow competition. The annual competition recognizes the best-designed energy-efficient lighting products for homes. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Proposes Higher Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators

DOE is proposing a new energy efficiency standard for residential refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers that would decrease the energy use of these appliances by 20%-25% when it takes effect in January 2014. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed standard until November 26. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Acts to Stop Sales of Inefficient Air Conditioners

DOE has taken action to stop Air-Con, International, from selling certain air conditioning systems in the United States because they violate the minimum federal energy efficiency standards for appliances. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Proposes Higher Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the release of a new proposed energy efficiency standard for residential refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. The standard, as proposed, could save consumers as much as $18.6 billion over thirty years. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces Winners of Lighting for Tomorrow 2010 Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy, the American Lighting Association, and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, announced the winners of the eighth-annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Takes Action to Stop the Sales of Air-Con Air Conditioner Models Shown to Violate Federal Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards

DOE announced today that it has taken action against Air-Con, International, requiring the company to stop selling certain air conditioning systems in the U.S. that have been shown to violate minimum energy efficiency appliance standards. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $63 Million to Advance Clean Energy Commercialization

DOE has selected 33 small businesses to receive $57 million to develop manufacturing processes for the production of their new clean energy technologies. DOE will also support five regional efforts to accelerate the commercialization of university-developed clean energy technologies. Share and Enjoy:

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ACEEE Recognizes the Leading State-Led Energy Efficiency Programs

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has lauded 18 state-led energy efficiency programs in 14 states for their excellence. The top five award-winning programs were created in Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, and New York, with the Empire State earning awards for two of its programs. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $9.6 Million for Transformational Energy Research Projects

DOE has selected six new projects to receive Recovery Act funding as part of its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The projects aim to develop innovative advances in dehumidifiers, permanent magnets, wind turbines, solar tracking, solar thermal energy storage, and carbon capture. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Proposes Energy Efficiency Enforcement Penalties for 27 Companies

DOE is proposing penalties against 27 companies selling products in the United States without certifying that those products comply with energy efficiency or water conservation standards. Unless companies address these claims within 30 days, DOE will file actions to demand payment of the penalties. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces $57 Million for Small Businesses to Support Technology Commercialization

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced $57 million, including nearly $11 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to support clean energy technology commercialization projects for 33 small businesses across the country. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Continues Aggressive Energy Efficiency Enforcement Effort with Nearly 30 New Proposed Penalties

DOE today announced 27 new proposed penalties against companies selling products in the United States without certifying that they comply with energy efficiency or water conservation standards. Share and Enjoy:

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200,000 Homes Weatherized in Recovery Act Milestone: Vice President

Vice President Biden has announced that 200,000 low-income homes have been weatherized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saving families money, conserving energy, and helping put thousands to work. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $120 Million for Weatherization Projects, Marks Busiest Month

DOE has awarded $120 million, including $90 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to support weatherization projects across the country under DOE’s Weatherization Program, which completed a record number of homes in June. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Creates New Energy Hub for Energy-Efficient Building Design

DOE has created a new energy innovation hub led by Penn State. From the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the new hub will pioneer energy-efficient building designs. Share and Enjoy:

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HUD Awards $100 Million for Housing Efficiency Retrofits

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $100 million in Recovery Act funds for energy efficiency upgrades in 100 affordable housing developments across the United States. Share and Enjoy:

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Penn State to Lead Philadelphia-Based Team that will Pioneer New Energy-Efficient Building Designs

A team led by The Pennsylvania State University will receive up to $122 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing technologies to make buildings more energy efficient. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $188 Million to Small Business for Clean Energy

DOE will award $188 million to small businesses in 34 states to develop clean energy technologies that can be brought to the marketplace. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces $30 Million for Energy-Efficient Housing Partnerships

DOE has announced up to $30 million in funding for 15 research partnerships that aim to deliver innovative energy efficiency strategies to the residential housing market. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Helps Launch Global Initiatives at First Clean Energy Ministerial Meeting

During the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which attracted 24 governments, DOE announced that the United States will help launch 11 international clean energy initiatives, ranging from increased electric vehicle use to distribution of 10 million solar LEDs to the world’s poorest. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces $30 Million for Small Business Clean Energy Technologies

DOE has announced $30 million in Recovery Act and FY 2010 funds to help small businesses commercialize promising new technologies. Applications are being accepted in the technology areas of biomass, buildings, geothermal, photovoltaics, wind power, vehicle efficiency, and energy transmission and storage. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Takes Steps to Implement Cool Roofs across the Federal Government

DOE is embarking on initiatives to install cool roofs on its buildings whenever practical and is urging other federal agencies and commercial entities to do the same. Cool roofs will reduce energy use, limit carbon pollution, and save taxpayer money, DOE says. Share and Enjoy:

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Report: Home Size is Declining, Energy Efficiency a Factor

The size of new single-family homes dropped in 2009, according to a new report from a housing association, in part to drive energy costs down. Another survey shows new homes have steadily become more energy efficient over the past decades. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces $30 Million for Energy-Efficient Housing Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced 15 research and deployment partnerships to help dramatically improve the energy efficiency of American homes. Share and Enjoy:

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Secretary Chu Announces Steps to Implement Cool Roofs at DOE and Across the Federal Government

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a series of initiatives underway at the Department of Energy to more broadly implement cool roof technologies on DOE facilities and buildings across the federal government. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $92 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects

DOE has awarded $92 million for new Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy projects in 18 states that will accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies, increase competitiveness, and create U.S. jobs. Share and Enjoy:

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Department of Energy Awards $92 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced 43 cutting-edge research projects that aim to dramatically improve how the U.S. uses and produces energy. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $76 Million for Energy-Efficient Building Technologies

DOE has selected 58 projects to receive more than $76 million in Recovery Act funds to develop advanced energy-efficiency building technologies as well as commercial building training programs. Share and Enjoy:

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Five More States Reach Milestone for Recovery Act Weatherization

Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Utah have weatherized a total of more than 9,000 homes with Recovery Act funding so far, hitting targets that entitle them to access all of their Recovery Act funding for DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Seven other states already crossed that threshold. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Announces More Than $76 Million for Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technologies and Commercial Building Training Programs

DOE announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the Recovery Act to support advanced energy- efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $29 Million for Weatherization Training Centers

Thirty-four weatherization training centers in 27 states will receive $29 million in DOE grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The energy efficiency funds will go toward expanding eight existing training centers and establishing 26 new ones. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Halts Sales of Inefficient Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

DOE has ordered Aspen Manufacturing, Inc.; Summit Manufacturing; and Advanced Distributor Products to halt the distribution of 61 models of heat pumps and one air conditioner model that do not comply with federal energy conservation standards. Share and Enjoy:

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Data Centers Can Now Earn the Energy Star Label

Stand-alone data centers and buildings that house large data centers can now earn the Energy Star label if they are in the top 25% of their peers in terms of energy efficiency. Those looking to earn that label should check out the best practices compiled by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Share and Enjoy:

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EPA Helps Partners Find Commercial Energy Efficiency Savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined with eight Energy Star partner utilities and state energy efficiency programs located throughout the country in a pilot program to target commercial building energy efficiency. Share and Enjoy:

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Global Leaders Meet to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency Goals

Leaders from 15 countries, the European Commission, and the United States have held the first policy meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). DOE Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi was picked as the first policy committee chair. Share and Enjoy:

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Global Leaders Meet to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency Goals

Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi of the joined leaders from 15 countries and the European Commission today at the first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation to promote global collaboration on energy-saving programs and policies. Share and Enjoy:

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EPA Hosts First Building Competition to Boost Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring a national energy efficiency contest, featuring 14 commercial buildings from across the country competing to trim kilowatt-hours. The winner will be announced at EPA’s final “weigh-in” on October 26. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Awards $452 million in Recovery Act Funds for Building Retrofits

Vice President Joe Biden has announced the 25 communities selected for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funds under DOE’s “Retrofit Ramp-Up.” The funds will leverage an estimated $2.8 billion from other sources for these pilot projects. Share and Enjoy:

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Architect Group Names the Top Ten Green Buildings for 2010

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the top ten green buildings for 2010, citing examples in six states and two foreign countries of buildings which make the best use of energy efficiency strategies such as natural daylighting, shading, and ventilation. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Picks 20 Teams to Compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon

DOE has selected the 20 collegiate teams to compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, which will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The teams, representing five countries and four continents, will compete to design and build the most affordable energy-efficient and solar-powered houses. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE and EPA Announce Changes to Bolster the Energy Star Program

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced changes to the certification process for Energy Star products. Manufacturers must now submit complete lab reports to the EPA for its review and approval. Share and Enjoy:

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Federal Buildings Go Green with $4 Billion in Recovery Act Funds

The United States has invested $4 billion in Recovery Act funds for the energy-efficient construction and renovation of federal buildings nationwide. The money is being spent on new construction and upgrades such as high-efficiency heating and cooling, solar panels, and solar water heaters. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE Sets Tough Standards for Home Water Heaters, Other Heating Products

DOE has finalized tougher appliance standards for home water heaters and other heating products. The new standards will save consumers up to $10 billion over 30 years and are part of the $300 billion that will be saved from DOE’s increased standards on more than 20 types of products. Share and Enjoy:

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U.S. EPA, DOE Announce Changes to Bolster ENERGY STAR Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy today jointly announced changes to the ENERGY STAR product certification process to ensure that only products meeting the ENERGY STAR requirements can receive an ENERGY STAR label. Share and Enjoy:

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Secretary Chu Announces More Stringent Appliance Standards for Home Water Heaters and Other Heating Products

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the Department has finalized higher energy efficiency standards for a key group of heating appliances that will together save consumers up to $10 billion and prevent up to 164 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years. Share and Enjoy:

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DOE to Provide $37.5 Million for U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research

DOE is committing $37.5 million in funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. The joint initiative will focus initially on building energy efficiency and clean vehicles, as well as carbon capture and storage. Share and Enjoy:

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Extension Cord Safety

With the holiday season approaching fast, it's important to go over some basic Extension Cord Safety. Use a little common sense to have a safe holiday season. Read more

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Backhoe Safety on Electrical Jobs

A backhoe’s multipurpose flexibility makes it one of the best choices for our industry, but like any piece of heavy equipment, it is very important to follow basic safety procedures when operating or working around one. Read more

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Excavation and Trenching

Cave-ins due to Excavation and Trenching result in more than 100 fatalities each year. There are a few ways to protect against injury from trench collapse. Sloping, shoring, trench shield, and step trenching. Read more

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Looking Toward the Next Flu Pandemic

A flu pandemic is something none of us really want to deal with, so let’s all do our part to help prevent a flu pandemic, and keep ourselves, family and co-workers healthy and safe! Read more

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