On average, low-income households must put 7.2 percent of their money toward energy

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/renewable-thermal-dilemma As has been well-documented, some urban neighborhoods and ethnic groups in the United States (especially African-Americans and Latinos that rent rather than own their domiciles) must pay a disproportionately high percentage of their incomes toward energy costs. On average, low-income households must put 7.2 percent of their money toward that expense. That makes the decision this week by the nation’s largest …

Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills

MAY 4, 2016, Home » EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills See 2017 slides at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/04/f34/2_32219_Shen_031417-0900.pdf Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% …

Solar now makes up more than 10% of electricity in five states and 2.4% across the US during the first half of 2018

Massachusetts has joined California, Hawaii, Nevada and Vermont in the club of states where solar represents 10% or more of in-state generation. Solar made up 2.4% of total generation in the United States during the first half of 2018, with solar and wind together making up slightly less than 10%. AUGUST 24, 2018 CHRISTIAN ROSELUND in PV Magazine  Image: Pixabay Data released …

How inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other, eroding our mental health

By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson on Common Dreams and OpenDemocracy.net, 14 Aug 2018 We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) When people are asked what matters most for their …

19 mayors commit to make all buildings net-zero carbon by 2050

Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin, Aug. 24, 2018, Utility Dive Mayors from 19 cities signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday, a pledge to ensure new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030, with all buildings following suit by 2050. The mayors have also pledged to “owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon in operation” by 2030. To meet this …

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

August 22, 2018  |  By Laurie Guevara-Stone, RMI Two-thirds of US homeowners consider home energy performance a top priority, but few actually take action to improve home energy use. And those who have implemented efficiency improvements seldom invest in whole-home energy upgrades. In sum, a large gap exists between intentions and actual investments, signifying a market failure to address customer needs. Rocky …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

Almost two-thirds of the potential energy embedded in our energy sources ended up wasted in 2017. See the latest American energy use, in one diagram.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 12, 2018 Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at the Department of Energy. Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US energy, what it’s used for, and how much of it is wasted. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s a bit …

California aims for clean mobility

Clean Technica January 20th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart   Love the state or hate it, California is a green electric mobility bastion of projects, programs, and innovations. And the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just approved no less than 15 utility pilot programs to accelerate the widespread electrification of mobility. California Continues On Its Electric Mobility Roadmap We pay a lot of taxes in California. But some …

Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth

Smart Cities Dive 4 Jan 2018 Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy‘s recent report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. The study examined office and retail space, hotels and hospitals and found each segment has significant differences in smart technology adoption. About …