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IT firm saves money with energy-saving measures
IT firm saves money with energy-saving measures

Friday 16th October 2009

The owner of a small IT consulting firm based in Maryland has revealed how a simple energy-saving initiative helped him to trim overhead costs and avoid making redundancies. Steve Kolbe, president and founder of Analysys, told the Wall Street Journal that installing energy-saving equipment to the company's central IT system has ...

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Michigan businesses continue with energy-saving plan
Michigan businesses continue with energy-saving plan

Thursday 15th October 2009

A group of firms based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have entered the second year of an energy-saving initiative designed to cut business costs. Overseen by Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the programme involves about 50 local businesses which together account for approximately 560,000 sq ft of office space in the ...

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Energy-efficient lighting installed in Connecticut health centres
Energy-efficient lighting installed in Connecticut health centres

Thursday 15th October 2009

Two University of Connecticut health centres will use stimulus funding to install energy-saving lighting systems, it has been announced. According to state governor M Jodi Rell, $420,000 (£259,252) will be spent on replacing outmoded light fixtures in the buildings at Farmington and West Hartford with energy-efficient fixtures and occupancy sensors. She unveiled ...

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US schools save money with energy-efficiency measures
US schools save money with energy-efficiency measures

Wednesday 14th October 2009

A school district in Minnesota has reduced its energy use by approximately 12 per cent in just under a year after placing a renewed focus on energy efficiency. Mounds View Public Schools cut $397,209 (£248,561) off its utility bills between July 2008 and June 2009 by working in partnership with the ...

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Energy-saving plans unveiled in Colorado
Energy-saving plans unveiled in Colorado

Wednesday 14th October 2009

A Colorado city plans to carry out energy audits with a view to retrofitting 1,300 of its older commercial buildings. Using a structure known as the Learning Source building as a model for the project, policymakers in Lakewood hope to slash energy consumption, reduce bills and create new jobs for the ...

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Energy-efficient buildings on the way in New Delhi
Energy-efficient buildings on the way in New Delhi

Tuesday 13th October 2009

The government of New Delhi has released details of a new plan to increase the energy-saving performance of large buildings in the Indian capital. An agreement between the local authority and research organisation The Energy and Resources Institute, which is based in the city, will aim to make 100 properties greener ...

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IT sector gets energy-efficiency targets in Europe
IT sector gets energy-efficiency targets in Europe

Monday 12th October 2009

Plans for Europe's information and communications technology (ICT) industry to become more energy efficient have been unveiled by the European Commission. The commission wants the ICT sector to become 20 per cent more energy efficient by 2015 and has recommended that ambitious targets for energy-saving are implemented by 2011. According to official ...

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Energy-saving bulbs to be distributed in Bangladesh
Energy-saving bulbs to be distributed in Bangladesh

Monday 12th October 2009

A pilot project to promote energy saving in homes and offices is set to be launched in Dhaka next year. Residents of the Bangladeshi capital will be encouraged to swap their traditional incandescent bulbs and magnetic ballasts for energy-saving alternatives, Bangladesh newspaper the Daily Star reports. According to the publication, the local ...

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US military bases recognised for energy efficiency
US military bases recognised for energy efficiency

Thursday 8th October 2009

Three US Air Force bases received Department of Energy awards for implementing effective energy-saving measures this week. Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and the Kadena Air Base in Japan were all given the Federal Energy and Water Management Award for achieving major savings in ...

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Buildings provide energy-saving opportunities, says real estate expert
Buildings provide energy-saving opportunities, says real estate expert

Thursday 8th October 2009

A property expert has explained how construction presents major opportunities for the adoption of energy-saving measures. Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at real estate specialist Jones Lang LaSalle, said that making certain changes to building structures can lead to significant reductions in energy use. However, he also noted that ...

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Philadelphia bank launches energy-saving lighting initiative
Philadelphia bank launches energy-saving lighting initiative

Tuesday 6th October 2009

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is aiming to cut its annual lighting bill by $200,000 (£125,420) with an energy-efficient lighting project. With 13,500 light fixtures spread across nine storeys and 800,000 square feet of office space, the building is installing a "daylight management" system that can measure the amount of ...

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South Korean city project to embrace energy-saving technology
South Korean city project to embrace energy-saving technology

Thursday 1st October 2009

New Songdo City, the "global business hub" currently being constructed near Incheon in South Korea, will make use of the latest technology to ensure high standards of energy efficiency. Properties in the city are set to be equipped with touchscreen monitors enabling residents to see exactly how much energy they are ...

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Scottish politician calls for energy-saving initiatives
Scottish politician calls for energy-saving initiatives

Thursday 1st October 2009

Iain Smith, a Liberal Democrat politician in Scotland, has urged the nation's policymakers to place a greater emphasis on energy efficiency. The member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) said that government spending on energy-saving initiatives should be increased by £100 million a year to meet growing financial and environmental challenges. According to the ...

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Global businesses 'responding to energy challenge'
Global businesses 'responding to energy challenge'

Wednesday 30th September 2009

A growing number of major corporations are recognising the need to prioritise energy-saving initiatives, new research has indicated. Results from the Pew Center's latest Energy Efficiency Study show that many large businesses realise that fuel prices will continue to increase, making energy-saving measures an increasingly important part of their daily operations. According ...

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Careful construction 'leads to energy efficiency'
Careful construction 'leads to energy efficiency'

Tuesday 29th September 2009

A construction consultant based in the Bahamas has claimed that the key to high-performance energy saving lies in intelligent building methods. Kymenski Kemp, an architectural engineer and founder of the Caribbean Greensafe company, told the Tribune that an energy-efficient property can reduce the amount of energy used in a normal building ...

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LA hotel recognised for energy-saving achievements
LA hotel recognised for energy-saving achievements

Monday 28th September 2009

The largest hotel in Los Angeles has received a special award in recognition of its environmental performance. After passing a preliminary inspection and several monthly checks, the Westin Bonaventure was granted Green Seal Silver Certification, an accolade handed out by the Washington DC-based non-profit organisation Green Seal. The hotel has implemented a ...

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California unveils major energy-efficiency investment
California unveils major energy-efficiency investment

Friday 25th September 2009

California has hailed its new programme for energy-efficiency investment as the largest in the history of the US. More than $3 billion has been earmarked by the state to comprehensively retrofit homes and introduce other measures to slash energy consumption among Californian businesses and consumers. According to the California Public Utilities Commission ...

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Major businesses 'engaging with climate change issues'
Major businesses 'engaging with climate change issues'

Wednesday 23rd September 2009

A growing number of global organisations are making a commitment to reducing their carbon emissions through energy-saving initiatives and other green measures, it has been claimed. To coincide with this week's climate change summit at the United Nations in New York, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched its Global 500 ...

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Landscaping employees given energy-saving tips
Landscaping employees given energy-saving tips

Tuesday 22nd September 2009

UK hard landscaping firm Marshalls is giving its employees some guidance on how to cut energy use in the workplace. As part of a week-long energy-saving initiative, staff members were recently encouraged to think about their energy consumption and carbon footprint while at work, the Halifax Courier reports. Chris Harrop, marketing director ...

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India urged to prioritise energy-efficient buildings
India urged to prioritise energy-efficient buildings

Thursday 17th September 2009

A leading architecture professor has emphasised the need for energy-saving construction projects in India. Speaking at this week's Building Green Cities conference in Chandigarh, Professor Dietmar Eberle said that developing nations have an opportunity to harness the latest in green technology when creating new structures. According to online news provider Indopia, he ...

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Energy-efficient lighting installed in Tiananmen Square
Energy-efficient lighting installed in Tiananmen Square

Wednesday 16th September 2009

A major installation of energy-saving landscape lights in Tiananmen Square is now complete, according to Chinese sources. The website chinacsr.com reports that thousands of energy-saving lights have been deployed in the historic centrepiece of Beijing, reducing the total electrical output of Tiananmen Square from 210.2KW to 100KW. According to the news provider, ...

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British politicians embrace energy-saving initiatives
British politicians embrace energy-saving initiatives

Tuesday 15th September 2009

The high-profile endorsement of energy-saving products by British political figures looks set to create many new business opportunities in the country. Several members of prime minister Gordon Brown's government yesterday (September 7th) pledged their support for the 10:10 campaign, in which individuals and organisations vow to reduce their carbon emissions by ...

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UK government unveils energy saving initiative for poor areas
UK government unveils energy saving initiative for poor areas

Saturday 12th September 2009

The UK's energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband has launched a new scheme designed to help reduce carbon emissions in deprived areas. The UK government has unveiled a £350 million package of measures that will fund house and whole street makeovers aimed at improving energy efficiency in some of the ...

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UK businesses 'unaware of energy-saving opportunities'
UK businesses 'unaware of energy-saving opportunities'

Friday 11th September 2009

A new survey of industry figures in the UK has indicated that many of the nation's businesses could be missing the chance to save money by going green. According to findings released by the Carbon Trust, 46 per cent of British firms are unaware that they can reduce energy costs by ...

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UK firms urged to save energy for 'greenest office' competition
UK firms urged to save energy for 'greenest office' competition

Friday 11th September 2009

Cartridge World has announced a competition to identify the most environmentally-friendly office space in the UK. The global supplier of printer ink cartridges partnered with CO2balance to launch the contest, which can be entered by any British business demonstrating a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through energy-saving initiatives or other ...

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