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U.S. energy efficiency forecasts for 2014 indicate increased conservation in both commercial and residential markets

U.S. Energy Efficiency Forecasts for 2014

Efficiency will have an even greater impact on both residential and industrial energy consumption this year compared to 2013. This is driven by policy at the federal, state and municipal levels. Net-positive energy buildings is another trend expected to grow in 2014. Other specific initiatives that will define energy efficiency in 2014 relate to financing, data usage, operational savings, and…

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U.S. energy efficiency continued to improve in 2013 - this map show efficiency state-by-state

Review of U.S. Energy Efficiency in 2013

Energy efficiency has played a pivotal role in American productivity improvements. In 2013, energy efficiency continued to move forward in the U.S. Driven by cost savings, energy efficiency is good for business and the economy. Improving efficiency increases production and can even lead to a higher quality of material life. Energy efficiency improves the nation’s GDP for each national energy…

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The Future of the Smart City

Infographic: Energy Harvesting – The Future Smart City

The possibilities of energy harvesting in the smart city of the future Source: Sagentia

Businesses can do more to improve energy efficiency

Businesses Still Need to Stop Wasting Energy and Improve Efficiency

By Abbie Clarke It wasn’t long ago that Forbes was reporting America as the worldwide leader in wasting energy. But that’s not to say other countries are doing much better in energy efficiency. We all play a part in this process; homeowners, business owners and corporations. Governments are working for change; in the US, there is the Alliance to Save…

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The UN and World Bank seek to motivate the international community toward sustainable energy with the "Sustainable Energy for All" initiative

UN, World Bank, IEA Gear Up to Achieve Sustainable Energy for All

Concerted, determined action is needed in order to realize the aims of the UN Secretary General’s “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative. Despite increasing deployment of renewable energy systems, gains in energy efficiency and greater access to electricity and modern energy services, billions more needs to be invested annually if global society is to continue to improve living standards and conditions while avoiding the worst effects of climate change.

The Ford MyEnergi campaign is an example of the convergence of home appliances and electric vehicle for conserving energy and greater energy efficiency

Ford MyEnergi Campaign

By Ben Randalls At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford announced the launch of MyEnergi Lifestyle. The auto manufacturer partnered with Whirlpool, SunPower, Eaton and Nest Labs to create a product that connects plug-in vehicles to energy-smart appliances to the same database, instead of going to and from separate places. Once consumers are connected in the MyEnergi Lifestyle database, they…

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An example of a "postmodern" Solaris green home. Any house can be made greener!

Don’t Just Clean Your House; Green Your House

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the East Coast, there has been contentious debate regarding whether or not we can attribute climate change to such a powerful storm. In fact, Bloomberg Businessweek didn’t pull any punches when it pummeled readers with its brash cover story. But regardless of your stance on the issue, we can all agree that climate…

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