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Last chance (probably) for energy efficiency tax credits

December 2nd, 2011

While we are all enjoying the ho-ho-ho holiday season, we are perhaps less giddy when reminded that this also is end-of-year tax planning season. But the Alliance to Save Energy is urging American consumers to give themselves the gift of energy efficiency this holiday season – and reap the benefits when they file their 2011 federal tax returns – by taking advantage of tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements.

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Could everyone get a U.S. tax break except for clean energy?

December 8th, 2010

As Congress and the White House negotiate the details of the tax breaks for the middle class, and the tax breaks for the wealthy, and the payroll tax break, the clean energy lobby appears caught at the door of the party.

Industry leaders are sending up flares to constituents and the media, warning that pulling the plug on clean energy incentives would hurt job growth and the nation’s ability to compete globally in the fast-growing clean energy sector.

Several tax incentives that the wind and solar industries depend upon to spur investment are set to expire, as well as certain rebates for home energy efficiency improvements.

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Survey: Budget concerns hamper government energy efficiency efforts

November 11th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

While many U.S. government agencies would like to improve energy efficiency, some worry about having the budget required to make significant changes, according to a survey conducted by Zogby International on behalf of the Alliance to Save Energy and Schneider Electric.

Among findings:

  • Seventy-nine percent of U.S. agency decision-makers said they saw improved energy efficiency as an important way to reduce energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Sixty-five percent of respondents said their agencies have a culture that encourages energy efficiency.
  • But 64 percent of the 2010 survey respondents said they were concerned that continuing worries about the U.S. economy and potential budget cuts may hurt their energy efficiency efforts. Thirty-two percent said a lack of funding is the biggest obstacle to achieving their agency’s federally mandated energy efficiency goals.

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Clean energy groups band together to push for energy bill

June 17th, 2010

Leaders of the wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, ethanol and energy efficiency industries have banded together to call for an American energy bill to drive the nation toward a clean energy future. The coalition of renewable energy groups wants Congress to move quickly to pass an energy bill, with or without carbon pricing, to help create and secure new jobs, stabilize the U.S. economy and develop the domestic industries that will replace fossil fuels.

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American Power Act: Reaction pours in

May 13th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

A flood of responses from energy companies, health organizations, environmental groups and other organizations has met the proposed American Power Act from John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). The bill is seen as something of a compromise between the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), passed by the House last year, and the broad energy proposal that has been favored by President Obama.

Who hates it:

American Lung Association: “We at the American Lung Association were shocked to read language included in the draft American Power Act introduced today by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman that would unleash a dangerous process to attack life-saving rules on coal-fired power plants and threaten to permit much more air pollution around the nation. The outrageous proposal creates an open door through which millions of tons of life-threatening pollution could be allowed to flow. We oppose these provisions. The American Lung Association cannot support legislation that includes changes to the Clean Air Act that undermine the protection of public health. We urge the Senate to strip such unnecessary and objectionable language from any bill. Burning coal creates particle pollution and key components of ozone. These are lethal substances, recognized as such by repeated scientific review. Particle pollution and ozone aren’t the only pollutants targeted under the bill as proposed—just the most widespread. The draft bill invites attack on safeguards applying to a horde of other noxious emissions, known under the Clean Air Act as hazardous air pollutants, which include mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxics.”

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Clean Energy Week brings activists, businessmen to Washington

February 2nd, 2010

By Bill Sullivan
Green Right Now

Image: cleanenergyweek.org

Image: cleanenergyweek.org

Legislators wrestling with health care reform, job concerns and a spiraling federal deficit have another group vying for their attention in Washington this week. Thanks to a hastily thrown-together coalition, it’s Clean Energy Week, with environmental activists and business leaders descending on Capitol Hill to press for money for more and better green initiatives.

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Don’t let energy vampires suck away your holiday cash

November 20th, 2009

Green Right Now Reports

You don’t have to wait for next Halloween to track down energy vampires in your home. Any time of the year will do.

Just follow these Alliance to Save Energy guidelines, which are fun for kids and can be enlightening for adults too.

First step, turn off all the lights and appliances in the house. Take a flashlight outside to see if the meter is still running. It probably will be, because you’ve got things on “stand by” all over the house — hair dryers, phones, computers, televisions, DVRs.

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Drive Smarter for the holidays

November 5th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The Alliance to Save Energy is promoting its Drive Smarter Challenge in anticipation of Americans being on the move for the holidays. The challenge offers tips to bolster your mileage and other ways to trim transportation costs, some more effective (rent a hybrid) than others (use the right oil for a 2 percent improvement in mileage).

But even though these travel tips are wildly divergent – take a train, drive during off-peak hours – they should get most families thinking about conserving in these still-tough economic times.

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Old newspapers can keep you warm

October 12th, 2009

By Bill Sullivan
Green Right Now

The next time you take a stack of old newspapers to the recycling bin, you might be helping make your home a more comfortable — and efficient — place.

Cellulose Insulation. Photo: National Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Cellulose Insulation. (Photo: National Association of Certified Home Inspectors)

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Schools go net-zero in Kentucky and win national award

June 22nd, 2009

By Diane Porter
Green Right Now

There’s a shiny green report card out in Warren County, Kentucky this month.

The county’s school district won the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2009 Andromeda Award for its programs, which include $4 million in energy savings over the last five years, a 28 percent energy use reduction, a daily curriculum that focuses on energy efficiency and Energy Star ratings on four buildings. But the star of their show undoubtedly is the new Richardsville Elementary, a Warren County School on target to become the nation’s first net zero energy public school when it opens in fall of 2010 (see photo above).

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Beware the Snackwell Syndrome; it could sabotage your energy savings

April 21st, 2009

From Green Right Now reports:

Power bills got you down, and you can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong because you’re trying to do so much right?

The Alliance to Save Energy wants you to realize the most from your efforts to reduce electricity consumption, so they’ve released this checklist for you to consider as you try to trim those galloping electric bills:

1 – If the payoff from your home fleet of energy efficient products doesn’t seem to be reducing your electric bill, ask yourself is it the “dreaded Snackwell effect”? Are you gulping energy in the belief that your more efficient computer, TVs and refrigerator will curb the bill so significantly you no longer have to worry? This phenomenon, akin to dieters indulging on low-calorie foods (like Snackwells) because they estimate that they’re consuming fewer calories overall, could be giving you a false perception of the energy-tightening you’ve done.

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A window of opportunity, tax credits for key home improvements

March 6th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Looking to replace your windows this year? Well, look out, you may qualify for newly increased tax credits of up to $1,500 if you install an energy-saving product.

The new government stimulus package includes tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements such as installing new exterior windows, doors, air conditioning systems or insulation. The new legislation extends tax credits through 2010. Most of these improvements were increased from $500 to the new $1500 cap; a cap of $200 for windows was removed.

If windows are on your mind, SeriousWindows, of Sunnyvale, Calif., is promoting energy efficient models that it claims are 200 to 400 percent more efficient than regular old Energy Star rated windows.

Many other firms sell windows, and many of those meet the Energy Star designation; windows must at least meet that test to qualify for receiving a tax credit.

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