Portman, Shaheen to re-introduce efficiency bill

National Journal

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are re-introducing energy efficiency legislation that has fallen victim to Capitol Hill political battles in the past despite enjoying wide bipartisan support, National Journal reports.

Michigan firms to market energy app

Crain's Detroit Business

Powerley, a joint venture created by DTE Energy Co. and Vectorform, will look to sell an energy efficiency app to other utilities, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.

Improving shower efficiency would save energy, water

The Washington Post

Showers use nearly 17 percent of water in American homes, so making them more efficient would save significant amounts of water and the energy that’s used to heat it, The Washington Post reports.

Carnegie Mellon to increase efficiency with cloud-based analytics

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Military’s energy efficiency moves having impact

Stars and Stripes

The amount of energy used by the Defense Department in 2013 was the lowest since the 1970s, Stars and Stripes reports.

Dryers: Homes' energy guzzlers just got greener

For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.

Clothes dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program, became available in 45 Energy Star models starting Presidents' Day weekend, according to the EPA.

Games to promote efficiency can cut energy use: Report

The Washington Post

The trend toward creating “gamified” programs that encourage energy efficiency and better energy practices can actually achieve noticeable energy savings among people who use them, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, The Washington Post reports.

Las Vegas building new arena with eye on efficiency

The Boston Globe

Massachusetts-based Schneider Electric will work on bringing a focus on energy efficiency to the construction of the new $375 million Las Vegas Arena, an indoor sports venue slated to open in the Nevada city next spring, The Boston Globe reports.

Feds using, spending less on energy

The Times-Picayune

Energy usage by the federal government –- one of the world’s biggest energy consumers –- was at the lowest level ever recorded in 2013, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, though at $24 billion, the tab to taxpayers was more than more than double the low set in 2000, The Times-Picayune reports.

Less energy consumption during Super Bowl: Opower

The Washington Post

Opower, which works with utilities to get reductions in customers’ energy use, has found that there is a drop during the Super Bowl, and in its Outlier blog presents the theory that watching TV in groups rather than as individuals is partly responsible, The Washington Post reports.


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