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A More Resilient America

As a lifelong resident of Louisiana and Texas, I have been through many hurricanes in my life. They never get easier and you always fear the worst. Prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Laura. As this recent hurricane slammed ashore along the Gulf Coast,...

Pitching EEday to Cities and Local Governments

When you hear energy efficiency, do you think of a broad and ambiguous term? Energy efficiency is being able to perform the same task, but using less energy to do so. It is a simple, low-cost way to reduce emissions and energy consumption while also lowering your home...

Step 11: Establish a PACE District

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is long term, low cost 100% financing for energy efficiency, water conservation, and distributed generation projects. Local governments can establish a PACE district providing commercial, industrial, and multifamily property...

Step 10: Make the Most of the Energy Code

The “Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas” are not limited to internal policies and practices. Adoption and enforcement of an up to date energy code is one of the most effective tools to help ensure efficiency across the community. Well...

Step 9: Optimize Building Operators to Optimize Building Operation

As we discussed in Step 6: Focus on High Impact & High Value Efficiency, building owners can save 5-20% annually on their energy bills by implementing operations and maintenance (O&M) best practices. Well-developed operations and maintenance programs help...

Step 8: Allocate Resources and Communicate Effectively

Even well supported energy management programs can fail to meet goals or miss opportunities without sufficient dedication of resources and effective communication. Dedicated staff, closing the loop on energy savings, and effective communication amongst departments are...