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Bus Rapid Transit: From South America to Chicago

From WBEZ: The first phase of a closely watched Chicago bus project would “maximize street potential” along more than five miles of Ashland Avenue for about $50 million, city officials announced Friday. The project would establish bus rapid transit (BRT) along that congested artery from 31st Place to Cortland Avenue. The city will study possible extensions […]

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US Dept of Energy gives up fight for energy efficient furnace standards

The US Dept of Energy (DOE) announced in April it will not enforce its rule requiring the most common type of residential gas furnaces to adhere to a minimum 90 AFUE (high efficiency) standard beginning May 1, 2013. The American Public Gas Association (APGA) filed a lawsuit against DOE regarding this high efficiency standard for […]

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Mortgage Industry Continues to “Like” Energy Efficient Homes

People who are not RESNET/HERS raters may not know that the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was initiated by the mortgage industry over 2 decades ago to provide a reliable way to measure energy efficiency in homes. Research by the mortgage industry found that energy efficient homes (not labelled as such) consistently sold for more […]

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Protect Illinois’ Energy Efficiency Building Code — Kill HB1331

There’s a new bill in the Illinois House of Reps, HB1331, which would effectively squash the automatic update to the Illinois Energy Conservation  Code (IECC) and may roll it back. This energy efficiency building code is critical to bring mainstream construction into the 21st century.  Click to join the Illinois Environmental Council in fighting this […]

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What You Need to Know about Nicor’s Home Energy Savings Program

If you are a homeowner in Nicor Gas territory in the Chicago suburbs, you are eligible for an energy assessment and up to $1750 in rebates for efficiency work done in your home by an approved contractor.  The assessment must be done by May 31.  The work must be completed by September.  The efficiency work […]

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How Can Your Electric Meter Show Your Water Use?

The single biggest user of water are power plants that generate electricity.  They use 41% of fresh water in the US.  Want to lower your water use?  Lower your electric use.  Study the data below and see that lowering your “water footprint” includes MUCH more than just lowering your use of domestic water.  It MOSTLY […]

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Energy Efficiency Rebates from Utility Companies in Chicago Metro: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good:  Up to $1750 in rebates off air seal, duct seal,  and insulation work in your home, compliments of utility ratepayers. The Bad:  The $99 energy assessment you receive is NOT the equivalent of a  detailed $550 energy audit with blower door test.   Nicor/CSG assessors are putting local energy auditors out of business. […]

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A cap-and-trade initiative of 9 northeastern states toughens regulations and boosts state revenues: Energy Efficiency programs that create jobs benefit

When the nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system, agreed last week to dramatically limit power plant emissions, they ushered in a stricter phase of carbon regulation for the Northeast. But they also paved the way for a boom in clean energy investment for the region. According to a recent analysis, […]

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Most Residential Consumers Unaware They are Energy Hogs

“For many years, we’ve asked consumers who they most blame for rising energy costs. And for years, respondents have said they most blame either 1) oil companies, or 2) the U.S. government – with utilities much farther down the list. This year, in light of declining natural gas prices, we edited the question, asking who […]

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This is how important mainstream media thinks home energy efficiency is

This is how important mainstream media thinks home energy efficiency is: The moderator arrived 2 minutes before shooting this public service segment the News Station is required to do; focused on the props we brought not the energy myths we were to talk about; and it was all over in 3 minutes on a Sunday […]

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