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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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Question of the Week: what’s a lumen?

It’s no secret that our home lighting choices have become significantly more efficient. Now, instead of measuring our old, incandescent light bulbs by the amount of energy they use (watts), we’re measuring them by the amount of light they emit (lumens). This new measurement helps ensure you pick bulbs that use the least amount of energy while providing the appropriate

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Virginia Energy Talks Efficiency at Governor’s Conference on Energy

The Virginia Energy Sense team was onsite at the 2012 Governor’s Conference on Energy spreading the word about the statewide goal to reduce electricity use by 10%. We also connected with other energy efficiency organizations to learn more about their work across the state.  If you want to learn more about these other energy efficiency groups, visit the Virginia Energy

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