Infographic: Geothermal as renewable energy

Geothermal heating and cooling increasingly is becoming the selection of choice for building HVAC systems worldwide – not only because of its ability to effectively heat and cool a building, but because of its ability to do it efficiently. The infographic below from Argonne National Laboratory, operated for the U.S.

Energy Department awards $29 million in enhanced geothermal research

Energy Department awards $29 million in enhanced geothermal research

The U.S. Department of Energy has committed $29 million to fund research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), according to a release from the agency. The spending is part of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program for...

Wendy's recognized by Energy Department for efficiency

Wendy's recognized by Energy Department for efficiency

The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge has recognized the Wendy’s Co. and its franchisee, Wendco Group, for leadership in energy efficiency, according to a release. The restaurant achieved a 37 percent total energy reduction or more than 50 percent energy...

Survey aims to find opportunities to reduce energy, water use in sports stadiums

For the past several years, the sports community has realized the importance of taking action on clean energy and is playing an increasing leadership role on sustainability. And for many of the sports teams and leagues, those efforts have started with the stadiums, says the U.S.

Pumped-storage hydropower shows promise for boosting energy storage

Pumped-storage hydropower shows promise for boosting energy storage

America’s power grid is a complex network of power plants and transformers connected by more than 450,000 miles of transmission lines. As a major clean energy contributor, U.S.

Infographic: Keeping water bills out of hot water

Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of a building’s energy use. Reducing hot water use, employing energy-saving strategies and choosing energy efficient water heaters can help reduce monthly water heating bills. This infographic from the U.S.

10 thing you didn't know about geothermal technology

10 thing you didn't know about geothermal technology

The U.S. Department of Energy regularly posts articles as part of a series titled "Top Things You Didn't Know About..."One of its latest installments centers around geothermal technology. Below are 10 things you didn’t know about geothermal energy: 10.

Breezing along: U.S. wind power showing strong growth

Breezing along: U.S. wind power showing strong growth

Continued low prices, more-efficient turbines and increasing demand driving market

10 things you didn't know about wind power

10 things you didn't know about wind power

The U.S. Department of Energy regularly posts articles as part of a series titled "Top Things You Didn't Know About..." One of its latest installments centers around wind power. Below are 10 things you didn’t know about wind power: 10.

How are building energy codes developed?

How are building energy codes developed?

There are three main parts building codes: development, adoption and compliance. Building energy codes are not developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Winning infographics depicts future of geothermal energy

Winning infographics depicts future of geothermal energy

Playwright Wilson Mizner once wrote, “Art is science made clear.” That statement is captured in a suite of student-designed infographics as part of this year’s Geothermal Design Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Idaho National Laboratory. This...

DOE spurring effort to control energy in public spaces

DOE spurring effort to control energy in public spaces

The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office has partnered with DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Siemens to seek innovative ideas for the use of personal “smart” devices to control such things as lighting and air conditioning in public spaces,...

Software platform helps cut energy costs for smaller buildings

Software platform helps cut energy costs for smaller buildings

Arlington County, Va., a Better Buildings Challenge partner, has made significant progress in recent years in cutting its energy use. The county has seen a decrease of 11 percent since 2009, putting Arlington County well on its way to a...

DOE investing $11.5 million in geologic carbon storage, geothermal exploration

The The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight new research and development projects to receive $11.5 million in federal funding under DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration Crosscut initiative, the agency said in a press...

Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings has worked with builders to assess the most practical cost-effective means to reduce home energy consumption and approach zero energy. Especially in multifamily applications, CARB has seen more developers explore solar domestic hot-water systems as part of the least-cost pathway.

Northern Arizona University building saluted for energy-efficient lighting

Northern Arizona University building saluted for energy-efficient lighting

The Student and Academic Services building at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its efficient use of lighting, reports the website American School and University. The facility, which opened in...

Energy modeling provides short payback

Energy modeling is often used to evaluate energy conservation measure (ECM) payback, calculating the operational energy savings that accrue after an initial capital investment. Energy modeling also can be viewed as an ECM, with an upfront cost during design that leads to operational savings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

DOE invests $19 million to improve efficiency of nation's buildings

The Energy Department plans to invest $19 million to improve the efficiency of the nation’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores, according to a press release. The projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and...

Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

Most older multifamily buildings in Chicago are heated by centrally metered steam or hot water systems. These buildings cannot operate effciently when these systems become imbalanced. The buildings become under­ and over­ heated, which causes tenant discomfort and higher energy use intensity.

BlocPower works to retrofit underserved communities

BlocPower works to retrofit underserved communities

The commercial buildings sector has seen an increase in retrofit projects as building owners and managers have determined that energy-efficient upgrades result in substantial cost savings and improved property performance. However, small businesses, houses of worship and low-income housing in...

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