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Amory Lovins, chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, discusses how businesses can use energy efficiency to their advantage and how governments can encourage this process.
Date: 07/01/2008
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
A household can be put on a carbon diet, reducing 80% of energy emissions through energy efficiency.
Date: 03/01/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Modeling
An energy start-up wants to install energy efficiency improvements in a building and share the energy savings with the building owner.
Date: 06/09/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Materials, Modeling
Energy efficient renovation continues to show growth, as consumers continue to invest in long term energy saving despite the current recession.
Date: 07/21/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings, Economic Impact
A new study predicts that by 2030, the US will use land area the size of Minnesota for energy production, citing the huge amount of land needed for current renewable technologies. The report highlights the importance of energy conservation and energy efficiency to combat this land consumption.
Date: 08/26/2009
Type: Blog
Even as the state of California invests heavily in renewable energy technologies, state officials believe that the most greenhouse gas reductions will come from energy efficiency.
Date: 09/09/2009
Type: News
By connecting homes to the smart grid, consumers cut electricity use by 15 percent on average by managing appliances through a networked meter.
Date: 09/21/2009
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Smart Grid
Energy saving activities.
A study by the National Academy of Sciences finds that consumers don't fully understand the actual energy savings of various activities (like driving a more efficient car or turning off lights), indicating that consumer education or awareness programs could have a big impact on energy consumption.
Date: 08/18/2010
Rebound effect
A new report from Institute faculty member Roland Geyer and his colleague Sheetal Gavankar examines the rebound effect, or the extent to which energy savings enabled by advances in energy efficiency are reduced by the behavioral response to the increase in efficiency.
Date: 10/26/2010
Type: Report
green construction
A new study from the Building Codes Assistance Project reveals that the average incremental cost of constructing a new home to meet the current energy efficiency building code is relatively small, and that owners will recoup those costs through energy savings in less than four years.
Date: 11/20/2010
Type: News

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