What is the true impact of fuel economy standards on the poor?

Energy efficiency policies in the US certainly have their challenging moments.  Steve Hanley writes a spirited article on the CleanTechnica website about the divergent views on fuel economy standards for vehicles on the most vulnerable. What are your views?   Big Oil Claims Higher Fuel Economy Standards Hurt Poor People The Most. That's A Lie. … Continue reading What is the true impact of fuel economy standards on the poor?

Strong argument why US Energy Star programme is needed more than ever

It is good to see an article arguing why a minimum energy performance programme continues to play a vital role more than 25 years after it was first introduced. Jon Moeller explains his views in an article on the Colorado Real Estate Journal website. It will be good to see a similar article on the … Continue reading Strong argument why US Energy Star programme is needed more than ever

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

It is encouraging to see that the Consumer Federation of America has reported to the Department of Energy of the benefits that consumers are enjoying from important federal minimum energy performance standards. This is their article on YubaNet.com from Nevada County, California. Are comparable calculations available for Europe?   New Analysis Shows Energy Efficiency Standards … Continue reading Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

With Britain leaving EU, there is still need to maintain appropriate regulations

Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, warns energy saving product rules that slash domestic and business costs could be at risk post-Brexit. The article first appeared on the Business Green website. Importantly, Andrew’s comments were echoed by Energy Institute vice president and former National Grid CEO Steve Holliday who warned that "the … Continue reading With Britain leaving EU, there is still need to maintain appropriate regulations

Better understanding how we use electricity in our homes

You know yourself that you have lots of gadgets and the number has increased in recent years. As the author, Oliver Pickup, writes, the average UK home possesses between 40 and 50 electrical appliances. He writes a good article on The Telegraph website about their impact. Now with Brexit, it will be interesting to know … Continue reading Better understanding how we use electricity in our homes

Ensuring landlords are ready to meet their energy efficiency obligations in the UK

EiD is always interested in finding articles on sustainable energy from smaller newspapers. How they convey messages to their readership is very important. Mike Bridgen writes on the Darlington and Stockton Times website about the upcoming obligation for landlords to ensure their properties meet a minimum energy performance requirement by April 2018.   Changes on … Continue reading Ensuring landlords are ready to meet their energy efficiency obligations in the UK

Explaining the rules for minimum energy efficiency standards for England and Wales’ rental properties

EiD has had several posts over the years on the upcoming minimum energy efficiency standards that landlords will have to meet. The international law firm Eversheds provides a useful review of the obligations that must be met.   Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards & the Landlord and Tenant Relationship Introduction The rules around minimum energy efficiency … Continue reading Explaining the rules for minimum energy efficiency standards for England and Wales’ rental properties

Ecodesign and Britain’s referendum on membership in the EU

New rules could save eight million tonnes of oil and 10 million tonnes of CO2 - but Leave campaigners ignore these benefits when attacking EU efficiency standards, argues Andrew Warren, friend of EiD and Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, on the Business Green website. While you may not be directly affected by the … Continue reading Ecodesign and Britain’s referendum on membership in the EU

“Standardization was the key to the industrial revolution…” so why not for improving energy efficiency in buildings

Ellen Bell from the Environmental Defense Fund writes a good post on the Smart Energy Decisions website about how efficiency standards for commercial buildings can save both energy and significantly lower energy costs. Ellen Bell manages the Environmental Defense Fund's Redefining Energy Efficiency Project by working with commercial office buildings and other partners in Chicago. … Continue reading “Standardization was the key to the industrial revolution…” so why not for improving energy efficiency in buildings