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Energy-efficiency funding granted in South Carolina
Energy-efficiency funding granted in South Carolina

Tuesday 27th October 2009

The city of Charleston in South Carolina is set to roll out a series of energy-saving measures after being awarded $1.1 million (£673,164) in federal stimulus funding. According to the Post and Courier, some of the money will be used to set up a new organisation known as the Charleston Energy ...

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San Diego building 'set standard for energy efficiency'
San Diego building 'set standard for energy efficiency'

Monday 26th October 2009

Ongoing attempts to make commercial structures in San Diego, California, more energy efficient are inspired by the pioneering efforts of the city's Ridgehaven Building. This is according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which describes the three-storey, 73,000 sq ft office building as "a showcase for energy efficiency". In 1999, the Ridgehaven Building ...

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Government departments receive £20m to cut emissions
Government departments receive £20m to cut emissions

Monday 26th October 2009

The UK government will invest £20 million in reducing the carbon emissions and energy bills of its central departments, it has emerged. Energy and climate change minister Joan Ruddock said that the money will be used to help government departments make financial savings, as well becoming more environmentally friendly. The £20 million ...

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Petrol station 'making a difference' with green measures
Petrol station 'making a difference' with green measures

Friday 23rd October 2009

The owner of a filling station in Illinois has revealed how a new energy-saving project is cutting his utility bills and reducing his carbon footprint. David Welch told the Chicago Tribune that his electricity and water bills have fallen by about 20 per cent since he rolled out a number of ...

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Frito-Lay building recognised for energy-saving achievements
Frito-Lay building recognised for energy-saving achievements

Friday 23rd October 2009

Snack food company Frito-Lay has been commended by the US Green Building Council for the energy-saving performance of its headquarters in Texas. The building received a Gold certificate under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme, which recognises high standards in green design and construction. Frito-Lay, which is a division ...

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Energy-efficiency is the key, says retrofitter
Energy-efficiency is the key, says retrofitter

Thursday 22nd October 2009

Simple energy-efficiency measures are sometimes ignored in favour of high-profile renewable power sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, it has been claimed. Stephen Freskos, a contractor currently working on an energy-saving retrofit project at San Jose State University, told the Spartan Daily that reducing energy consumption can often be ...

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Energy-efficiency project helps 'green' grocers save money
Energy-efficiency project helps 'green' grocers save money

Wednesday 21st October 2009

A new energy-saving initiative is enabling grocery stores in the state of Wisconsin to boost their earnings. According to the Journal Sentinel, the Green Grocer Program is a voluntary certification scheme devised by Better Environmental Solutions and a local utility company. To encourage businesses to adopt a greener approach, the project gives ...

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UK councils make switch to energy-saving lighting
UK councils make switch to energy-saving lighting

Wednesday 21st October 2009

Local authorities in the West Midlands region of the UK are reducing their energy use by embracing new technology, it has emerged. The Express & Star reports that councils in Wolverhampton and Dudley have opted to set a green example by replacing outmoded street lights with energy-saving alternatives. In Wolverhampton, 10,000 street ...

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British pub owners receive energy-saving advice
British pub owners receive energy-saving advice

Tuesday 20th October 2009

Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises (S&NPE) has urged its members to cut expenditure with the use of green lighting solutions. The public house operator, which runs over 2,000 licensed premises in partnership with business individuals throughout the UK, said that pubs currently waste between £1,500 and £5,000 a year due to ...

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Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display
Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display

Monday 19th October 2009

An engineering consultancy based in Tallahassee, Florida, has turned its headquarters into a showcase for the latest energy-saving innovations. The H2Engineering office building is the first structure in the area to be awarded Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Following a $1.62 ...

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ICT 'can make businesses more energy efficient'
ICT 'can make businesses more energy efficient'

Monday 19th October 2009

Businesses should view information and communications technology (ICT) as a vital tool in the energy efficiency process. This is according to Clark MacFarlane, managing director of Siemens IT Solutions and Services, who told the Daily Telegraph that ICT has the potential to make a major impact on energy-saving projects in the ...

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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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Energy efficiency movement 'growing in the US'
Energy efficiency movement 'growing in the US'

Friday 16th October 2009

Energy efficiency is growing in stature as a method of cutting carbon emissions in the US, although some states are still lagging behind when it comes to saving power. This is according to the environmental news service Grist, which claims that there is still a "wide variation in energy efficiency among ...

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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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California university aims to cut costs with energy-saving measures
California university aims to cut costs with energy-saving measures

Tuesday 13th October 2009

Three projects aimed at reducing costs through innovative energy-saving measures are now underway at San Diego State University (SDSU). According to the Daily Aztec, the university's Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) expects to save approximately $50,000 (£31,792) a year following the installation of energy-saving light fixtures. The California institution's official newspaper also reveals ...

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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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EU reveals energy-saving building target
EU reveals energy-saving building target

Monday 12th October 2009

The European Commission has stated that energy efficiency improvements made to buildings will "pay for themselves in energy savings". A report from the commission also emphasises the business benefits of energy management in construction and maintenance, claiming that energy-saving measures "make our industry more competitive and our citizens richer". European Union policymakers ...

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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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Hamburg traffic tunnel gets energy-efficient lighting
Hamburg traffic tunnel gets energy-efficient lighting

Friday 9th October 2009

A new energy-saving lighting system has been installed to regulate traffic flow in Hamburg's Elb-Tunnel. Used to guide vehicles passing through the tunnel into the correct lanes, the system was developed by California-based firm Echelon and harnesses the latest LED technology to reduce energy consumption. According to electric.co.uk, the lighting apparatus should ...

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Obama wants government to set energy-saving example
Obama wants government to set energy-saving example

Friday 9th October 2009

Barack Obama wants the US federal government to lead the way on climate change policy by setting new targets for energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling. Speaking in Washington DC earlier this week, the US president announced that federal agencies would have 90 days to define their targets for cutting greenhouse ...

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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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