Archive for the ‘Energy Efficiency’ category

Why Does Energy Efficiency Matter?

May 10th, 2011

The title poses an interesting question. We may all jump on the energy saving and efficiency bandwagon but have we asked this question, or are we following the crowd without stopping to think?

Are we also acting in the best way, using the best strategies to become energy efficient?

To the answer the main question as to why energy efficiency matters, apart from good house keeping in the sense of stopping waste, the environmental concern has got to underline our actions, even if it is the size of our utility bills that provide the prompt.

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The U.S. set for Unsustainability

March 7th, 2011

I was sat reading the newspaper on Saturday, the UK’s Guradian, which I chose to buy because it had a free offer my wife would appreciate, when I read an article on action in the USA to stymie energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction measures.

Recently I wrote a post based on what one of our U.S. Enigin Partners had sent through to me regarding the challenges in the States from politicians to sustainability efforts – the Guardian article is moving the story on a little further.

The original story appeared on the Guardian blog on Friday, written by Suzanne Goldenberg, the paper’s US environment correspondent and should be of great interest to not only the population of the states, but in fact the global community.

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Benchmark Your Building and Save

March 3rd, 2011

I found this great post by By Harry Hobbs of the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco on greenbiz.com that makes very interesting reading for anyone interested in saving energy.

The original post is from January and has been overtaken by events in San Francisco, where last week I reported on the Enigin news feeds that that the city’s non-commercial buildings will be required to report their energy use/efficiency, but this article is still of interest for the points it makes. If you are a business owner, a decision maker or landlord take this post on board.

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US Republicans want to Block EPA while Democrats will Block the Block

February 15th, 2011

An Enigin Partner in the USA, emailed me recently as he wanted me to post an article on the Enigin News Feed system about the challenge enlightened people face with regard to climate change and the environment.

It does appear to me to be a very polarized political matter in the US – the right hate any mention of climate change while the lefts, of course, take up the opposite view and wish to act – surely the matter is of such importance that a consensus on action being taken should be accepted. The extent of and timing of action then comes into debate, but without a lot of difference – which appears to be the case for most other countries.

Here is the report that Rob wanted to share – from The Hill:

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Cancun’s Conference – How Businesses Affected

January 9th, 2011

COP 16 CancunDespite not agreeing legally binding commitments to reduce emissions, the Cancun conference does give more momentum to global, regional and local efforts to address climate change. As a result, the creation of incentives, penalties and trading arrangements in various forms in different markets becomes more likely. The UK’s Carbon Trust have produced this interesting posting.

The outcome of the conference reinforces our view that businesses should proactively address the business opportunities and risks around climate change to maximise shareholder returns.
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Progress Blocking Myths about Climate Change

December 3rd, 2010

The UK paper The Guardian carried a great article by Vinod Thomas, director-general, evaluation, World Bank Group, and Kenneth Chomitz, a senior adviser with the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, with the byline of highlighting the barriers to the Cancun Climate Change summit to progress to action.

Often these “Myths” are used to falter and slow down climate change actions and laws.

Please enjoy the article and consider the impact those in the energy saving industry can in the battle against climate change.

Four myths that hold back progress in fighting climate change

Myth No 1: Energy efficiency can’t meet energy needs

Energy efficiency doesn’t get enough respect. “You can’t grow with energy efficiency,” say fans of flashy new power plants, “and you can’t provide energy access to the poor.” Untrue, because people don’t really care about energy, but rather about the light, heat, and transport that it animates. Energy efficiency can provide these services cheaper, faster, and with less environmental damage than new generation.

Indeed, we find that many kinds of energy efficiency offer economic returns that dwarf those of most other development projects. In Ethiopia, for instance, a $5m scheme to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs obviated the need to spend $100m to lease and fuel diesel power plants. Vietnam, too, has met rapidly growing demand for energy in part through efficiency investments. Promoting energy efficiency right now helps defer the need to build long-lived fossil fuel plants, buying time for wind and solar power to become more cost-competitive.

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Ways to Improve Your Energy Management

November 15th, 2010

This is excellent article was written by AT & T’s John Schinter for GreenBiz.com, I would like to share it with you.

When Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu talks about energy efficiency, he has been known to repeat this mantra: “Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit lying on the ground.”

As Director of Energy for a large corporation like AT&T, I must admit that my first reaction is slightly defensive: “Wait a minute, it’s not that easy.” However, the essence of what Secretary Chu is saying is absolutely true. Effective energy management helps reduce a company’s environmental impact and benefits the company’s bottom line. Below, I have outlined 10 ways that a company can be effective in improving its energy management and efficiency.

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Upgrade to Energy Efficiency

October 25th, 2010

Anissa S. Febrina has written and interesting article in the Jakarta Post about upgrading buildings so they are energy efficient.

The article, most of which appears below, states how often finding the money for the energy monitoring solutions and the load-side products can be a stumbling block, but the article explains that the money saved from reduced energy bills over a fairly short period provides a great return on investment.

What is also of interest is the article does highlight how Indonesia is now realising how important it is to become energy efficient. I know from speaking to people from Indonesia that climate change, energy efficiency and security has not been a concern – hence it is good to see they are sitting up and taking notice.

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Start An Energy Program

September 1st, 2010

meterMany people wonder how to start an energy program, they often look at their utility bill and try to work out where they can save money, but you need more than just a gut reaction.

When establishing a good energy program, there are several items that we like to “do” that makes us feel good, but lets consider the real goal here.

Here are a couple of hints to help you get started.

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Your Energy Saving Could Be Doing Good More Than You Thought

August 1st, 2010

We have all been encouraged to switch off – lights, televisions at the mains and don’t forget the computer, use the clothes line rather than a dryer and run the washing machine of a cooler setting. All great advice and we have been having a far bigger impact than we realised, according to a new study by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change looking at calculations used by the UK government.

UK government advisors have been estimating CO2 emission savings through energy efficiencies but their figures maybe as much as 60 per cent too low – meaning we save more than they have estimated.

The problem has been the vagaries in how power is generated. Power stations that burn fossil fuels produced higher emissions than nuclear or clean energy such as wind power. Generally only fossil duel fed power stations can react instantly to varying demand.
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