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How Cloud-Based Software Can Power Every Home in Virginia

Can cloud-based data centers reduce enough energy to power every home in Virginia for one year? In a recent case study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University, researchers developed a user-friendly, open access model to determine the impact of cloud software on energy efficiency and emissions nationwide, the CLEER Model. The CLEER (Cloud Energy and Emissions

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Daffan Homes’ New Entry for Our Energy Efficient Homes Showcase

Daffan Homes’ New Entry for Our Energy Efficient Homes Showcase

In the market for a new energy efficient home? Check out our newest entry into our Energy Efficient Homes Showcase: a Daffan Homes award-winning home! Daffan Homes focused on sustainability during every phase of building this single family home in Little Hunting Creek, Alexandria. Their eye for detail produced an impressively efficient home that is 62% more efficient than code

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Partners Making an Energy Efficient Difference–OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Partners Making an Energy Efficient Difference–OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

(This is the third post in a series highlighting the great energy efficiency work Virginia Energy Sense partners are achieving across the state.) Old Dominion University is working with Dominion Virginia Power to install a photovoltaic solar system on the roof of its Student Recreation Center. The system will include more than 600 photovoltaic panels producing 132 kilowatts of energy,

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Top Ten Energy Efficiency Gadgets

Did you know that 98% of Virginians agree that saving energy is important, but only 27% feel highly knowledge about how they can achieve energy savings?  We’ve compiled this Top 10 list of simple energy-efficiency gadgets to help make saving easier.  Whether you’re new to becoming more energy efficient, or are an expert always looking for more you can do

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Virginia University Students Leading the Way in Sustainable Design

University students from Virginia are turning heads with their innovative sustainability solutions at the Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 event. P3, which stands for People, Prosperity, and the Planet, is a competition that provides $15,000 grants to college students to develop a sustainable design idea. Teams then bring their idea to a competition hosted on the National Mall in Washington, DC

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Partners Making an Energy-Efficient Difference: Virginia Department of Corrections

Partners Making an Energy-Efficient Difference: Virginia Department of Corrections

(This is the third post in a series highlighting the great energy efficiency work Virginia Energy Sense Partners are achieving across the state.) The Virginia Department of Corrections, a Virginia Energy Sense partner, has been hard at work to provide cost-effective services while reducing energy use.  The Department completed construction of the largest solar thermal system in Virginia, a 253-panel

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The Rise of Energy Efficient Lighting

American consumers are continuing to trade in their traditional incandescent light bulbs for newer, energy efficient products, according to a new Osram Sylvania report. The survey found that 29 percent of US households no longer use incandescent bulbs, a 16 percent decrease in incandescent usage from a year earlier. The trend is likely influenced by federal legislation that has slowly

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Partners making an energy-efficient difference: CORNERSTONE ARCHITECTS

(This is the first post in a series highlighting the great energy efficiency work Virginia Energy Sense partners are achieving across the state.) Located in Richmond, Virginia, Cornerstone Architects is an architecture and interior design firm committed to building environmentally friendly structures that make a statement and a contribution to the community. Recently signed on as a Virginia Energy Sense partner,

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Deck the Halls With Minimal Cost

We’re noticing lots of holiday decorations up already! You can make your home festive for the holidays without ruining your energy efficiency efforts. Read on to learn a few simple ways you can make sure your home is full of holiday cheer with minimal impact on your utility bill this season: Tip 1: Get Creative Skip lights and go for

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