Halloween is the day of vampires, witches and ghouls - when small, scary creatures knock on our doors and threaten “trick or treat”. Most importantly, Halloween is a day to be playful at home, at work and in your community: with fun costumes, decorations, parties and delicious themed foods. With all this fun activity happening around October 31, though, there’s one special ingredient we can add to make everything even better: energy efficiency.
We are at an historic turning point, in so many ways. The Paris Agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will enter into force on November 4, 2016 after having reached the threshold for enactment on Oct. 5. With 81 countries having ratified the agreement to date, global leaders are looking for tools to implement their clean energy commitments. It is becoming increasingly clear that there is a growing international consensus that energy efficiency is the first and most important step towards achieving international climate goals.
With so many keen eyes watching (especially here at the Alliance to Save Energy!), it has been widely reported that the Clean Power Plan (CPP) had a packed day in court two weeks ago. However, you may be left wondering what this means for the fate of the CPP and the role of energy efficiency, so let’s check in…
October is National Energy Action month, and with a new fall chill in the air, it’s also the perfect time to start saving energy at home. But how to do it? Considering that space heating is typically the largest energy expense in American households, making up nearly 45% of residential energy bills, that’s a pretty good place to start. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, pull on a cozy sweater, and check out these tips for reducing the amount of energy you use to heat up your home.
In an historic accomplishment, the European Parliament on Tuesday approved the European Union’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. The decision ensures that the world’s first comprehensive global climate agreement will enter into force far earlier than any of us imagined when we celebrated the negotiation of a successful deal in Paris this past December. It took long, arduous and complex international negotiations to get to this point, and global leaders should be proud of this accomplishment. For the rest of us, it’s time to get to work!
This is an interesting week. Today the D.C. District Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments on challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), and earlier this week the participating states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released their annual report tracking the cumulative investments of auction proceeds.
Energy isn’t free – and individuals often have to take extreme measures to afford the cost when utility bills get out of control, sometimes even sacrificing basic comfort to reduce energy use. But that doesn’t have to be the case. That’s where energy efficiency comes in – by reducing monthly utility costs without sacrificing home comfort. And for Regis Borsari, the idea of using less energy to do more couldn’t ring more true.
Since the creation of the electric grid, when you flipped on your light switch, pretty much the same thing happened: a power plant somewhere in the distance sent electricity over a bunch of wires that eventually made it to your house and lit up the light bulb. The more lights you, or your city, or your state, turned on, the more power plants and wires were built. And when lights were followed by air conditioners, televisions and computers, the solution was the same: build more power plants and wires to carry more power from source to sink.
One of the most important pillars of our work here at the Alliance to Save Energy is our Associate membership, who represent nearly 130 companies and organizations actively working to advance energy efficiency in their respective sectors. Read on to learn about the concrete ways our Associates are making real advancements in Boston’s energy efficiency.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which operates bus, subway, railway and ferry routes in and around the Boston metro area, knew it wanted to cut back on energy costs. (The MBTA spends $42.5 million a year on electricity and is Massachusetts’ largest electricity consumer.) There was just one problem: lacking a system-wide view of operations, they weren’t sure where to begin.