Thursday, October 26, 2006

10 Efficiency Innovations

To be efficient isn't to be sexy (unless you're the Tesla Roadster - maybe I can convince my husband that's his dream car instead of the Dodge Viper), but these top 10 innovations could change the way we live for the better. It's not about using less, it's about living life smarter and more efficiently. That's the American way, isn't it?

Quick Top 10 List of Innovative...Innovations:

1. Light bulbs: Light-emitting-diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescents (CFLs)
2. Hardware: More efficient air conditioners and refrigerators
3. Sensors: Products are more intelligent, using sensors to control energy use
4. Measurements: Consumers more closely monitor their energy use and make it more efficient
5. Policy: Government makes the rules for business, and smart energy policies are what a clean and innovative 21st century energy system is all about
6. Buildings: 40 states have energy efficiency requirements for buildings
7. Incentives for utilities: Again with policy. States like CA assess a larger proportion of a utility's costs in basic service fees, not the amount of electricity consumed
8. Variable pricing: Measuring electricity use daily rather than monthly
9. Rebates: Energy efficient appliances may qualify, and New York has even offered cash for turning in old, inefficient air conditioners
10. Customer-response programs: Programs pay big energy users to reduce their use. One program increases efficiency by using controls that dim lights or cycle air conditioners when requested by the utility to relieve stress on the system.

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