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Energy efficiency: Where to begin?

Ken’s original post can be found on the Midwest Energy News blog Highwire. Like most homeowners, I want to lower my energy bills. And I don’t suspect I’m atypical in not knowing exactly where to begin. When we bought our house just outside St. Paul, a smallish place built in 1922, the first place I [Continue]

Energy Efficiency = Free Money

Energy Efficiency = Free Money

The following post is an original piece from Midwest Energy News, and was posted by Ken Paulman on October 12th. Saving energy saves money. A new initiative involving 32 colleges and universities aims to demonstrate that in a big way. The Billion Dollar Green Challenge aims to invest a total of — you guessed it [Continue]

Do People Support Efficiency? Depends on How You Ask

The following is an original post by Ken Paulman, editor of Midwest Energy News. Back in July, Rasmussen Reports conducted a poll that found 67 percent of Americans oppose new efficiency standards for light bulbs (Yes, I know, another light bulb post. Bear with me). But yesterday, a poll conducted by the Natural Resources Defense [Continue]

Does efficiency matter?

Does efficiency matter?

The following post is was originally posted to the Midwest Energy News blog Highwire on March 8th. A New York Times article this morning is the latest to weigh in on the “rebound effect” of energy efficiency. The argument, basically, is that as our household appliances and lighting become more energy efficient, rather than use less [Continue]

The Energy Efficiency Solution(s)

The Energy Efficiency Solution(s)

I’m past due for a follow up to our coverage of the Midwest Energy Solutions conference last week. As correspondent Brian Rogal wrote, one of the big issues facing energy advocates is how to encourage efficiency programs that have a deeper impact. An hourly pricing program by Ameren Illinois, for instance, yielded a net electricity [Continue]

The Light Bulb Ban

The Light Bulb Ban

The following post is an original piece from the Midwest Energy News Blog Highwire As you probably know by now, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton has won the race for chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in what Politico calls a “perfect campaign” to defend his record against accusations that he’s not conservative enough. One [Continue]

MN Fix-Up Fund Shows Strong Public Interest in EE

It took approximately five minutes to undo two weeks’ worth of work. After getting bids from contractors, digging through files and spending the better part of the evening before completing the loan application, my dreams of replacing the drafty old windows in my St. Paul house were dashed. Minnesota’s Fix-Up fund is a great deal [Continue]

Energy efficiency: How does your home score?

A new program announced by the White House this week will help homeowners better understand their energy efficiency needs. Under the Home Energy Score program, licensed contractors will conduct a detailed inspection of a home’s heating and cooling system, insulation, windows and construction materials, using a methodology developed by the [Continue]