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“Smartcuts” Author Shane Snow on Lateral Thinking about Energy

At Efficiency Exchange 2017, Shane Snow discussed how to apply new ideas and lateral thinking to help utility energy efficiency programs adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace.



Networked Lighting Controls Specification Gains Traction

A newly updated Networked Lighting Controls specification is gathering momentum with manufacturers and utilities. As resource for utilities in designing rebate programs for networked layers of lighting control, the spec outlines the most basic requirements for an effective system and reports optional capabilities; allowing a focus on luminaire-level, integrated lighting controls.


New Pumps Rating Label Created to Save Energy and Cost

Recognizing that over 25 percent of the electricity used in the US is used to power pumps, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) developed the HI Energy Rating (ER) Label program to help manufacturers differentiate their higher efficiency products and provide ways for commercial and industrial customers to save energy. 

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Exploring the Path-to-Purchase for New Homes

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This report, “Exploring The Consumer Path-To-Purchase for New Construction Homes,” looks at strategies to address low consumer awareness the Next Step Homes initiative. It’s based on qualitative research focused on recent purchasers of new construction homes in the Northwest. The report details  these homeowners’ path-to-purchase, what influences them, and their attitudes regarding energy efficiency during the construction process.

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