energy savings

FTC Warns Window Makers on Exaggerated Energy Claims

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in energy efficiency

Early this year, five window makers agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the firms had made deceptive claims about the energy efficiency and energy cost savings that their windows could deliver. But that was just one step in the agency’s quest to address deceptive marketing in this building-component category.

DOE Announces Winners of its ‘Apps for Energy’ Competition

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in Apps for Energy

Application developers are busy people. There are now hundreds of thousands of apps available for PCs and mobile devices, whether they’re running an Apple operating system, Google’s Android, HTML 5, or a mobile or PC version of the Microsoft platform. But just knowing there’s an app for every issue and craving doesn’t mean you’ll find it in the vast inventory of the app store.

FTC Rattles Windows Over Energy Savings Claims

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in energy savings

Because they can be expensive but also critical to the comfort and performance of a house, windows tend to be selected and installed carefully, particularly in custom projects aimed at a high level of energy efficiency.

Ranking States’ Energy Efficiency Programs

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in ACEEE

The fifth edition of the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, announced on October 20, shows that Massachusetts and California essentially switched places, with Massachusetts now in the top spot and California ranked No. 2.

Reinventing the Thermostat

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in energy monitor

It might seem odd that two former Apple executives who helped lead development of the iPod and iPhone would, upon venturing out on their own, choose to focus on developing a better thermostat. On the other hand, their thermostat – the Nest Learning Thermosat – incorporates a lot the features that Apple’s fan favorites do, including user friendliness; slick, updateable software; modest installation requirements; easy operating instructions; and a simple overall design.

How to Calculate the Value of Energy Improvements

Posted on March 05,2015 by ScottG in energy calculations

Adding more insulation, replacing an inefficient furnace, or performing air-sealing measures are oft-recommended strategies for lowering energy consumption and saving money. Aaron Vander Meulen puts his finger on a key issue, however, when he wonders whether there is a way of determining exactly how much money improvements such as these will save.

Disappointing Energy Savings for Energy Star Homes

Posted on March 05,2015 by user-756436 in energy savings

If you’re interested in residential energy efficiency, you’re probably familiar with the marketing pitch of the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program. Among the program’s claims:

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