The Silver Lining to Florida’s Disappointing Energy Efficiency Efforts

I have been putting off writing this blog because I have not found a positive angle to the story of Florida’s energy efficiency goals, and I was still hoping that there might be something we could extrapolate. Alas, the Florida Public Service Commission just released its final order on the Florida utilities’ energy efficiency goals for [...]

Behind closed doors: Ala. PSC decisions are out of public sight and mind

The following op-ed piece ran in the The Cruthirds Report on Dec. 5th and was authored by SACE staff and Michael Churchman of Alabama Environmental Council. On the day of the Public Service Commission meeting referenced in this piece, John Archibald of AL.com published an editorial that parallels many of the concerns we point out [...]

Deck the Halls With LED Lights

Although you might still be eating the Thanksgiving turkey (or Tofurky) as leftovers, we have now officially entered The Holiday Season. It’s time to dust off your decorations, start playing the Nutcracker Suite and begin your holiday baking. If your strings of Christmas lights have been around since Santa last filled your stocking, then it’s past [...]

Buttoning Up Your Home Before Winter’s Worst

This post was co-written by Michele Wright, a San Diego based freelance copywriter and brand representative who works with multiple clients and marketing companies. She’s been freelance writing for 3 years and has written articles on a variety of business, marketing and finance topics.  Now is the time. In fact, in many parts of the [...]

Where are the beautiful LED lighting fixtures?

Last week, I shared my experiences with new LED bulbs for my home (which provided an update to an old but well-read blog on LEDs from 2011). This week, I have a brief follow-up about one product that I do not see on the market: beautiful LED fixtures with integrated LED lighting. Think about it: [...]

Efficient LED Lighting: Three Years Later, Even Better

Three years ago, I shared my family’s experience with buying efficient LED lighting. Over the past several years, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report suggests that LED lighting has roughly tripled its market share. And based on my unscientific observation of shelf space at local hardware stores, LED lighting is capturing a lot of [...]

Insights on climate and energy from the newest Nobel Prize winner

Can it really have been three years since I opined at length through a series of blogs on the free market perspective on climate change? Yet here we are, struggling to work through the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of French economist Jean Tirole, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize [...]

Lung Association Report: Energy Efficiency Saves Lives in Southeast States

A new report from the American Lung Association, authored by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, School of Public Health at Boston University, and Syracuse University, shows that limiting carbon pollution from coal plants can save lives in the Southeast. Furthermore, accomplishing those limits by investing in energy efficiency maximizes benefits for families [...]

A Poem for the Florida Commission: Deny the Utilities’ Meager Goals

In Florida, land of the sun The utilities pulled a fast one. No efficiency tools Without swimming pools Low Income? You’ll end up with none.   With the RIM test used as a shield The utilities make a high yield Cross-subsidy hollers hide utility dollars But their motives can’t be concealed. For solar, they set [...]

A Baker’s Dozen of Ways to Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

While there’s no Friday the 13th this October, you can pick any – or all – of the items on these 13-point checklists during Energy Awareness Month to save energy (and money) at home, at work and on the road. Work your way through these lists and you’ll avoid some scary energy bills this winter [...]