Energy efficiency

  • by Bobby Hayden on November 3, 2011
    Facing uncomfortable classrooms and high utility bills due to aging HVAC equipment, Granger School District employed an innovative computer-based heating and cooling system. Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on October 16, 2011
    In an economic downturn, a community-based effort is helping create local jobs for contractors and improving energy-efficiency of local homes. Watch the story of how in just one year, RePower has created 28 contractor jobs in Kitsap County — 43 percent of the goal. RePowering Our Workforce Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on October 3, 2011
    How citizens on Bainbridge Island came together and created an option to change behavior through energy use, move closer to carbon neutrality and become a model for other communities. "We’ve seen a 50 percent decrease in our heating costs and our overall energy costs are down approximately 35 percent.” - Matt Olson, Bainbridge Island homeowner and RePower Bainbridge participant Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on September 16, 2011
    How commercial building owners use energy efficiency to become more competitive in a challenging market. Kilowatt Crackdown Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on September 3, 2011
    In Spokane, a public performing arts center held great potential for energy efficiency upgrades given its age. Watch how improving the efficiency of the facility reduced the amount of electricity and natural gas used, thus helping to offset rising energy prices. Read more
  • by Hendrik Van Hemert on May 16, 2011
    Are we wrong to always assume households act economically rational when considering efficiency? A growing interest in behavioral frameworks for energy efficiency programs is challenging this assumption and several recent studies support a shift from pure economic incentive to a greater behavioral focus. Read more
  • by Eberley Wedlake on May 11, 2011
    To be successful, energy efficiency programs can employ strategic marketing principles - focusing on audience, strategic messaging and media, and engagement with contractors - to involve residents in retrofitting their homes. Read more
  • by Hendrik Van Hemert on February 21, 2011
    Austin, Texas sets the bar for local governments engaged in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
  • by Jules K. Bailey on November 3, 2010
    Many cities across the U.S., both large and small, are looking for economic development strategies that include home upgrades and clean energy. Jackson is proving that small towns, where the bottom line matters above all else, can innovate. Read more