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Under a lease with a sustainability clause, tenants can divide the savings from energy efficiency with the landlord, and those savings in turn can be used to pay for new equipment or building upgrades.
Date: 02/09/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Economic Impact
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A study by Cambridge researchers shows that approximately 73 percent of global energy use could be eliminated simply by implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings and transportation.
Date: 01/26/2011
Type: Report
Technologies: General Information
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Starbucks has replaced every incandescent and halogen bulb in their US coffee stores with LEDs; company-wide, the switch has reduced lighting energy consumption by 80 percent and total store energy consumption by 7 percent.
Date: 12/10/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Clouds
According to a new report by Pike Research, the rapid growth of cloud computing could reduce energy usage in the global information technology industry by 38 percent by 2020.
Date: 12/07/2010
Type: News, 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
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
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
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
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
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

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