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21/03/2011
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Gas Price Drives Greening Of Small Firms

“Everybody is trying to cut costs wherever they can,” said Michelle Henderson, showroom manager for Chicago-based Banner Plumbing Supply Co, which has seen increasing interest by commercial customers in energy-saving equipment such as low-flow toilets and tankless water heater systems. “Businesses in this economy are really trying to button down.” Continue reading

28/01/2010
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Never mind what people believe—how can we change what they do?

When it comes to energy, policymakers are often confronted with human behavior that seems irrational, unpredictable, or unmanageable. Advocates for energy efficiency in particular are plagued by the gap between what it would make sense for people to do and what they actually do. Efforts to change people’s behavior have a record that can charitably be described as mixed. Continue reading

09/07/2009
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Solar Financing for Homes

SunRun offers home solar power as a monthly service. Our solar financing means you’ll pay much less upfront and start saving right away. Plus, SunRun takes care of your solar paperwork as well as your solar panel maintenance, repairs, and insurance. Getting solar is now as easy as paying your electric bill, only cheaper. Continue reading

10/03/2009
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Daylight savings? Let’s get rid of it.

But it’s the energy claims that have received the most scrutiny. When Indiana adopted statewide daylight saving for the first time in 2006, University of California-Santa Barbara conducted an extensive study (seven million monthly meter readings across southern Indiana), and found the change cost ratepayers an extra $8.6 million in electricity bills. The key factor: the reduced cost of lighting in late afternoons was outweighed by higher air-conditioning costs on hot afternoons and higher heating costs on chilly mornings. Continue reading

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