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Turn a Scary Basement into Thrilling Savings: Series Pt. IV – Basement

This is the final post in our series featuring ways to reduce consumption and save money in your home’s most used rooms. Homeowners use their basements for many different purposes. For some, it’s an entertainment space and for others it’s a storage room. But for too many Virginians it’s an energy wasting nightmare. While the basement may be the last

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A New October Tradition

A New October Tradition

By Andy Farmer October brings a number of well-known family traditions, like visits to pumpkin patches, Halloween costume shopping and eating a year’s worth of candy in a single day. This year, we’re asking Virginia’s families to add a lesser known, but equally important ritual to the mix: taking action to reduce their energy use. October is Energy Action Month,

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UVA Students Taking Energy Efficiency to New Heights

UVA Students Taking Energy Efficiency to New Heights

A team of 16 undergraduate students at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science earned a well-deserved honor this summer in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Electric/Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Technology Challenge. Competing against teams from some of the world’s best engineering schools — including graduate programs — the UVA team designed a model for a regional aircraft that

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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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