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Videos from UCSB Summit on Energy Efficiency, May 1-2, 2013  

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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
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
City skyline
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
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
LED
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
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
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 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
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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