The Curse of the TRC

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The Curse of the TRC

Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs

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Northeast Utility System Sees Marketing Benefits with Energy Star

Author: Don Mauritz
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November 01, 1999

Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Northeast Utilities Systems, has long supported builders who construct energy-efficient new homes. [continue reading]

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Public-Benefits Programs Adapt Under Restructuring

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July 01, 1999

Energy efficiency programs face an uncertain future in the changing electricity marketplace, as funding declines. But some states have placed a public-benefits charge on electricity purchases and put that money into energy efficiency measures. [continue reading]

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Southwest Utility Offers Energy Cost Guarantee

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March 01, 1999

Anticipating the greater demand for customer service under electric utility restructuring, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), on April 1, 1997, launched its Heating, Cooling & Comfort Guarantee (TEP Guarantee) home certification program. [continue reading]

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Utilities Unplug Efficiency Programs

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

Between 1993 and 1997, U.S. utilities cut their combined investment in energy-saving programs by 45%--or $736 million--largely in response to industry deregulation. [continue reading]

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Wisconsin Utilities Prime the Whole-House Pump

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

The whole-house concept represents a shift from an exclusive focus on efficiency to a broader focus on a home's health and safety, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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Home Energy Audits--Only a Web Site Away

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November 01, 1998

Fifteen forward-looking utilities are offering their residential customers a chance to perform energy audits on their own homes, any time of the day, for free. The customers can simply go to the utility's Web site, enter their utility account number, and spend 30 minutes answering questions on-line about their home, appliances, and usage patterns. [continue reading]

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Utility Blitz Boosts Energy Star Torchieres

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September 01, 1998

When Home Energy first covered the halogen torchiere story ("Bright Prospects for CFL Torchieres," Jan/Feb '97, p. 13), the news was pretty grim. [continue reading]

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Massachusetts Audits: MORE SMILES THAN SAVINGS

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July 01, 1998

Massachusetts is the hold-out. When the federal Residential Conservation Service law expired in 1990, most states got rid of mandatory home energy audits. But a 1980 state law still requires Massachusetts electric and gas utilities to provide home energy audits to customers on demand, paid for by a surcharge on energy bills. [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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