May 2, 2013 |
How many conservatives does it take to screw in a new lightbulb? More than if it were liberals. A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology. It turns out that they're likely to be put off by the environmental messaging. Which is ubiquitous. Energy efficiency has long been touted as a way to stall climate change. The federal government's Energy Star website promotes energy-efficient products by saying they will "save energy and fight climate change.
October 6, 2012 |
Sweater weather is near and winter lurks just around the corner. Will your house be ready to weather the chill? Now is the time to begin assessing the investments you may need to make to ensure that you will be warm this winter and experience lower energy costs over time. "The average U.S. household will spend about $990 for winter heating costs this year," said Allyson Schmutter, spokeswoman for the Alliance to Save Energy. "There's an incentive to make changes that are easy and realistic," she said.
June 22, 2012 |
Philadelphia City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance that will require owners of large commercial buildings to report their energy consumption to government under a new system that will "benchmark" properties for efficiency in an effort to spur conservation. The new rule, sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, requires owners of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to score their properties according to an Energy Star ranking developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
January 6, 2012 |
Brian Ott shivered or sweltered during services, depending on the season, when Hope Christian Fellowship, the church led by his brother Mark, shared a 1962 Woodbury synagogue building owned by Beth Israel Congregation. Ott, a mechanical engineer, said it reminded him of his youth, when he attended school in an old building that was once part of a missile-defense complex. "We went to Gloucester County Christian School, and that was built on an old Nike site in Pitman. No one in the 1960s worried about efficiency, and the buildings were impossible to heat or cool correctly," said Brian Ott. "But now we live in different times.
May 16, 2011 |
Many shoppers for large appliances seek out the familiar Energy Star logo on yellow-and-black labels to see whether a washer or dryer would save them money on electricity costs. It's less well known that Energy Star, a federal program, also runs a voluntary rating system for schools and school districts to help raise awareness of the potential for energy savings on a larger scale. Of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts, about 50 participate in the program; 10 are in the Philadelphia area.
September 20, 2010 |
YOU ARE green. And you don't even know it. If you own a rowhouse in Philadelphia, you have one of the most energy-efficient houses in the nation. It's true. You're green even if you're a Dallas Cowboys guy. Or a Tea Party gal. The walls you share with your neighbors - love 'em or hate 'em - help your entire block keep heating costs down in the winter and air-conditioners humming less frantically in the summer. And speaking of politics, both sides of the aisle these days are claiming green as their own, so this issue is as win-win as you can get. Conserving energy means saving money - green times two. As winter approaches and energy costs rise, think of those PECO and PGW bills when you're eyeing a heftier shovel for the snow.
July 29, 2010 |
While other small businesses across the nation are cutting back or closing in a slow economy, Brian Bovio has expanded his Gloucester County company's operations and tripled employment. That fact caught the eye of the White House staff and President Obama, who has been trying to convince Congress that an important route to recovery is through helping small businesses with loans and tax incentives. So Obama, whose schedule Wednesday included taping an interview in New York for The View and attending two Democratic fund-raisers, invited Bovio and three other New Jersey entrepreneurs to an Edison sandwich shop owned by one of them to talk business.
April 30, 2010 |
In Danny Seo's world, it is easy being green. That's green as in environmentally friendly green. Seo, whose birthday was Earth Day last week, celebrated by spending time on his favorite TV channel, QVC, presenting shoppers with a range of eco-friendly items - mostly for the home and garden. The products all reflected Seo's philosophy: Going green is easy, and you can find affordable solutions to your everyday needs, too. "Being green is very doable. That's really my whole approach.
March 28, 2010 |
To the casual observer, the Arcelor Mittal steel plant in Conshohocken hardly seems like it's in the vanguard of the effort to slow down global warming. In a process that evokes images of industrial-age smokestack technology, glowing slabs of steel are flattened, cooled, and reheated to improve their strength as they move through the mill, occasionally enveloped in dramatic gusts of steam. But this specialty rolling mill, where the world's largest steel company produces hardened plates for military armor and other applications, is among the operations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized this month for their long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency.