Markets & Business, Markets & Trends

Residential Sector Grapples With Lingering Effects of Pandemic

12 Nov , 2020  

Patrick Hewlett, ERS The fact that our reality has transformed tremendously since the infection of COVID-19 is nothing new, and like many other industries, the world of energy efficiency is not the same as it was pre-pandemic. Much of this change has been brought upon by the shift of work and social lifestyles to remote, […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends, Uncategorized

COVID-19 Continuing to Infect the Energy Efficiency Industry

17 Apr , 2020  

This article was originally published on utilitydive.com on April 6, 2020. In an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, at least 20 states have stopped retrofits under the federal low-income Weatherization Assistance Program, according to the National Association for State Community Services Programs. Remaining states have left the decision up to local coordinators, some […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Residential Energy Savings Potential in Better Walls

11 Nov , 2019  

This article was originally published on pnnl.gov on Oct. 31, 2019. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are leading an effort that ultimately could result in residential homes that are tighter and better insulated, blocking cold air and moisture that cause higher energy bills and reduce homeowner comfort. PNNL is joined in the three-year […]

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Building Technology, HVAC

The Demand for Geothermal is Rising

18 Jul , 2019  


This article originally appeared on ACHR News on March 11, 2019 The global geothermal market is forecasted to reach $4 billion in 2024 While geothermal still represents just a fraction of the overall energy market, a renewed interest in energy efficiency and clean, electric technologies is creating a favorable environment for growth. Per a December 2018 study […]

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Efficiency in Action, Markets & Business

NASA’s Footprints on Mars Could Wind Up Improving Your Next Home

6 Mar , 2015  

Better Homes and Martians NASA Global Climate Change, March 4, 2015 Want to get the most energy-efficiency bang for your buck when building a house? Think about it as if you were designing a mission to Mars. That’s what Ed Crawley did when he set about building a home for his family in 2009. Of […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Debunking Solar Energy’s Biggest Myths

25 Feb , 2015  


11 Solar Energy Mythbusters Care2, February 6, 2015 Don’t think solar works for you? You could be wrong! A lot of myths swirl around solar energy that prevent people from making a well-informed decision about whether it’s right for them. PURE Energies, an NRG Home Solar Company, tackled 10 of the biggest myths about solar energy that you SHOULDN’T […]

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Building Technology, Plug Loads

What’s Your Home’s Minimum Power Consumption?

23 Feb , 2015  


Your home is full of devices that never turn off. And they’re costing you a lot of money. The Washington Post, February 6, 2015 If your home has a smart meter, here’s an experiment: Log in to your power company’s Web site, and see how much electricity you use during the hour from 3 to 4 […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Tesla Begins Development of Residential PV Battery System

20 Feb , 2015  

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Tesla developing battery system for houses to store solar power Global Construction Review, February 18, 2015 Tesla Motors, the US company known for electric vehicles, is developing a battery system for houses that can store solar-generated power for when the sun isn’t shining.  The claim was made by Elon Musk (pictured), the firm’s chief executive, […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Nest Thermostat Keeps Getting Better

13 Feb , 2015  

Nest-Thermostat Smart Thermostats

Nest: Look How Much Money We’re Saving You! PC Mag, February 3, 2015 The Nest Learning Thermostat saves U.S. customers about 10 to 15 percent on heating and cooling bills, according to new reports. Based on two independent studies and one internal one, Nest on Monday touted the positive results, revealing average savings of $131 […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

What’s Holding Back the Commercial Solar Industry?

13 Feb , 2015  

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Why ‘Middle Market’ Commercial Solar Hasn’t Kept Pace With Other Sectors Greentech Media, February 10, 2015 While the residential and utility-scale solar markets post record growth, much of the commercial-scale solar market has seen relatively flat growth on a year-over-year basis. GTM Research expects that 2014 will be the first time in 10 years that […]

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