Energy Efficiency


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100-Watt Bulb Phased Out, but Production Continues in SC

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb reigned as the go-to artificial light source of the 20th century, but gains in efficiency and longevity among more modern light bulb technologies have led to the phasing out of this icon of American ingenuity. Read More

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Coal-Fired Australia, Buffeted by Climate Change, Enacts Carbon Tax

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Australia, a nation with enormous coal deposits and one of the world’s highest per capita  carbon emissions, is implementing an aggressive tax on carbon in response to dramatic climate changes impacting the country. Soaring temperatures have amplified droughts, floods, and wildfires, while increased carbon uptake by the ocean has degraded the Great Barrier Reef. Read More

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South Carolina Among Most-Improved States in Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

According to the 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, South Carolina ranks among the most-improved states in efficiency efforts. Read More

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Risk & Choice: Are We Capable of Addressing Certain Threats?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The SC Sea Grant Consortium’s summer newsletter includes an insightful article on the science of risk and choice. While the piece doesn’t address the energy sector, many of the author’s conclusions apply to our decision-making about fossil fuel consumption and climate change. Read More

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California Launches Aggressive PACE Program

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

California recently launched the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program (PACE). The program gives property owners access to low-cost loans aimed at reducing energy and water use. Read More

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Energy Efficient Schools Save Taxpayers Money

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A group of SC leaders recently visited a school district in Kentucky which has saved almost $7 million since 2003 by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Read More

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Peer Pressure Leads to Energy Savings

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

When it comes to saving money on electricity, peer pressure could prove to be a powerful motivator. Read More

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New, High Tech, Energy Efficient Homes

Monday, September 17, 2012

Two new SC communities, one in Summerville and one in Ridgeville, will offer homes with some incredible energy-efficient technologies, including geothermal (ground-sourced) heat pumps, photovoltaic solar panels, super insulated building shells, Energy-Star rated appliances, and state of the art electronic and web-based controls and monitoring systems. Read More

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Solar Leasing Needed in SC

Monday, September 17, 2012

Electricity rates in SC continue to climb.  This article, and the many others like it in recent months, underscore the need for greater investment in energy efficiency and open access for utility customers to the free market’s lowest cost financing for renewable energy – solar leasing. Read More

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Energy Efficiency: More Than Meets the Eye

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy contends that the economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. It states that efficiency also significantly contributes to economic development and job creation. Read More

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