Sierra Club sues over new solar tax credit rules

The Sierra Club in Hawaii is asking a state court to invalidate new state Department of Taxation rules that change renewable energy tax credits for solar panel installations. An Earthjustice attorney filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Sierra Club...

How smartphones could cut energy use

You're probably wasting energy right now. According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Sustainable Energy, most homeowners could make changes to save energy, but don't know which changes would make the biggest difference, according to Forbes....

Embracing the future of energy

In Southern California there is a continual push to achieve even greater energy efficiency in homes. For the most part, it's about subbing in Energy Star appliances for old ones, but real energy efficiency can include installing better insulation, or...

Energy-efficiency incentives can save billions for Arizona

Arizona households and businesses can cut electricity use by 21 percent and save $7.3 billion by 2020 if utilities ramp up energy-efficiency incentives, a public policy group said Tuesday. A report presented to Arizona energy officials by the Southwest Energy...

German solar power boom continues despite tariff cuts

Germany's solar power systems market continued to grow strongly in September, putting Europe's biggest economy on track for a new installation record this year and increasing pressure on the ruling coalition to curb the spiralling costs to consumers, according to...

New natural gas furnace standards will raise bar for efficiency

Sometimes less really is more. New rules for natural gas furnaces mean this is the last winter New Jerseyans can buy traditional non-condensing furnaces, which federal officials hope will lead to less wasted natural gas, less costly fuel bills and...

Building in energy efficiency

Many consumers make buying decisions on cars and electrical appliances based on operating costs and efficiency ratings, according to the Courier News. Now buyers of new homes can use the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS numbers, to compare home...

Simple ways to increase winter energy efficiency

Interested in easy, cost-effective ways to make the most of my energy usage this winter? You're in luck. There are numerous steps you can take to winterize your home this year that not only save energy and money but might even qualify you for hundreds of dollars in tax credits as well.

Nicor, ComEd offer rebates for energy efficient homes

When Caryn Rosborough and her husband, Matt, started talking to builders about a new Elgin, Ill. home, they were intrigued by the talk of high energy efficiency.

Residential geothermal units on the rise in Alaska

More residential geothermal units are being installed in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources recently permitted a residential geothermal heating unit on state tideland on North Douglas Island and this Mining, Land and Water geothermal permit marks the third...

Progress Energy allocates $2.9 million in solar rebates

Progress Energy has fully allocated the third round of solar photovoltaic, or PV, rebates offered through its SunSense solar energy program, according to the Orlando Business Journal. The residential rebates were available for qualifying customer-owned solar PV systems installed, or...

Mass. legislators push for renewal of expiring wind energy credits

Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are hopeful two federal tax credits designed to boost wind energy production will be extended when Congress reconvenes in November — a decision that could affect thousands of wind energy jobs in the state,...

Some Nevada wind power users say returns lacking

Three years ago, Albert and Dena Sousa spent about $30,000 to install two vertical axis wind turbines at their Spanish Springs home after they were told the technology would cut their power bill in half. The retired couple from California...

Stylish beach home features passive solar

The Green Idea House is a case-study home of energy efficiency, sponsored in part by Southern California Edison and Build It Green. And, not to be understated, a sustainably built, eco-conscious home that bridges the stylistic gap between stilettos and Earth shoes, according to L.A.

How to save money with home improvements

Looking to knock a few precious bucks off your monthly energy bill? While achieving optimum energy savings at home may seem like a daunting — and not to mention costly — process, embarking on a household energy-efficiency campaign will be...

Senate panel passes extension of wind energy tax credit

Senate panel passes extension of wind energy tax credit

Senate Republicans rebuffed their presumptive presidential nominee as the Senate Finance Committee passed a one-year extension of the tax credit for wind energy, just four days after Mitt Romney's campaign announced that it wanted the credit to die, according to...

Use tax incentives to make solar power affordable

A Washington state homeowner recently installed a $46,000, 6.4-kilowatt solar system that ties into the public power grid. With federal tax credits, a state incentive program and utility savings, Mike Peterson hopes to recoup about $41,000 of that initial investment...

N.J. asks residents to get rid of their old refrigerators

New Jersey wants to get old refrigerators and freezers off the grid so badly that it'll pay residents fifty bucks per unit plus pick it up for recycling. To further sweeten the deal, the state is offering $1,000 to the person who turns in the oldest refrigerator or freezer before the end of September.

Focus on Energy launches new energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Wisconsin

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities' statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, announced new programs for residents and businesses, adding to its variety of established program offerings for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. "These programs will allow Focus...

What homeowners need to know about the solar energy credit

Federal tax credits are still available for the purchase of solar power systems for residential use. If you purchase a solar system between now and Dec.

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