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Keep your celebrations energy efficient during the Fourth of July.
July Fourth is often a time reserved for backyard barbeques, fireworks and, of course a celebration of American independence. But while you prepare for this holiday weekend, don’t neglect your energy-saving conscience. Regardless of whether or not you’re from the U.S., by incorporating efficient practices into your weekend festivities you can contribute to an improved economy, environment and have a role in strengthening the energy independence of our country.
Two pieces of energy efficiency legislation were passed during "energy week" on the Hill.

On Monday, June 23, the House of Representatives continued their push to increase energy efficiency at the federal, state and local levels to help save taxpayers money and reduce our impact on the environment.

Under suspension of the rules, which blocks amendments and restricts debate to 40 minutes, Members reconsidered two key pieces of energy efficiency legislation during the House’s Energy Week. Both H.R. 4092, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act, and H.R. 4801 passed the House by a simple voice vote, with little opposition.

Music festivals are increasing their energy efficiency efforts.
The outdoor music festival is a beloved pastime celebrated across the country. With the official start of summer, festival season is in full swing as thousands of fans gather to watch their favorite artists perform live in one place for these multi-day shows. In spite of the popularity of the music festival scene, these events often get a bad rap for leaving behind large carbon footprints and massive amounts of waste. Luckily, there are a growing number of music festivals taking strides in favor of sustainability and energy efficiency.
A part of the Climate Action Plan is the 111(d) rule for existing power plants.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama's speech under the hot summer sun in Georgetown, during which he officially announced the Administration's Climate Action Plan. There are still many hurdles to overcome for implementing necessary energy efficiency policies, but there is also much to celebrate for what the Plan has achieved to date.
Atlanta and the rest of the Southeast region are working towards greater energy efficiency.
The twelve states that make up the Southeast region of the United States represent 36% of the nation’s population and 44% of its energy consumption. We know it’s important for those numbers to change, and we know that energy productivity policies can make it happen.
New bill will help protect Energy Star companies.
Since its inception in 1992, the Energy Star program has helped American consumers and businesses invest in energy efficiency and drastically cut their energy bills. In fact, as of December 2012, Energy Star has helped households and businesses save more than $239 billion on their energy bills.
Brazil has made attempts to increase the efficiency of the World Cup - is it enough?
World Cup fever is in the air. Whether you’re an avid soccer (or fútbol) fan or not, the buzz surrounding one of the world’s largest sporting events is undeniable. The 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13 for an exciting month of matches between teams from 32 nations. With the millions of fans expected to flock to Brazil for the highly-anticipated event, energy-saving enthusiasts around the world are probably all wondering the same thing: how will Brazil approach their energy usage?

Last week, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Honorary Vice-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, introduced legislation that would provide Ukraine assistance to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

The Ukraine Independence from Russian Energy Act offers a two pronged approach of increasing energy independence within the country. This legislation could help alleviate the financial and geo-political burdens Ukraine is currently facing by boosting energy efficiency programs and by providing technical assistance for domestic energy production.

Thermal insulation in federal buildings will greatly increase energy efficiency.
On June 10th, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bipartisan energy efficiency bill meant to analyze how federal agencies use energy and water. H.R. 4801 can be added to the list of other energy efficiency bills that the House of Representatives has put forward in recent months. The House continues to champion energy efficiency as a means to reduce the federal deficit and save tax payers money.
Renters have many options for increasing energy efficiency.

It’s a common misconception that if you’re renting an apartment, condo, or house, you don’t have control over your energy usage. Although you may not be able to choose your own appliances (and pick those that have the greatest energy efficiency), you still have plenty of options. If you’re smart about the way you use your appliances, you can save a substantial amount of energy.

There are several energy usage factors to consider before you even sign your lease. When searching for rentals, consider whether or not your future home gives you easy access to bus stops, subway stations, and bike share docks. Research the Walk Score of the neighborhood to determine how easy or difficult it will be to access amenities on foot. Convenient access to public transit and a high walk score will help to reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately save energy.

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