Archive for the ‘Energy Efficiency’ Category

Smart Grid Appliance Market May Reach $15B by 2015

More people are now searching for those energy savings and deciding to purchase smart appliances. According to the evironmentalleader.com, the global household smart appliance market is projected to grow from $3.06 billion in 2011 to $15.12 billion in 2015, says the “Smart Appliance Report” from Zpryme.

“Looking at the top product types projected for smart grid interoperability, in 2015 the global market size for smart washers and smart refrigerators, respectively, will reach $3.54 billion and $2.69 billion.“Consumer education from every member of the smart grid ecosystem is critical to making the smart grid a global victory for all stakeholders,” said Mark Ishac, Managing Director of Zpryme’s Going Green Practice.

In 2011, the U.S. is projected to dominate the household smart appliance market, accounting for 46 percent ($1.43 billion) of the global market, Ishac said.

That leading market share is projected to decline, however. By 2015, the U.S. market share is projected to be 36 percent ($5.46 billion).”

Full story: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/03/05/smart-grid-appliance-market-may-reach-15b-by-2015/

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Michigan Consumers can save energy – and cash – with new appliances

State using $8.8M of federal funds for efficiency program.

“The state, as part of a national program, is offering rebates ranging from $25 to $100 for consumers who replace old appliances with certain energy-efficient refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers.

The program will cover up to $1,200 for a solar water heater.

“It helps if you were on the fence before, thinking about the time to replace,” said Bill LeVeque of G&W Maytag Home Appliance Center. “For those who have to replace, the timing is just right.”

The Michigan Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program started Wednesday and is expected to provide more than 119,000 rebates.”

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20100213/NEWS01/2130317

Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency

If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.

Click below to find an overview of the federal tax credits for energy efficiency.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

Properly installed energy efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution, and noise. An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.

Cash for Caulkers – Tax Rebates for Going Green

December 30, 2009
We all look forward to this program talking off.  Cash for Caulkers is an attempt to dramatically increase efficiency efforts.  This could stimulate the economy by creating more jobs, as well as help climate change.

“The program contains two parts: money for homeowners for efficiency projects, and money for companies in the renewable energy and efficiency space.”

Here is more information from CNN.com:

http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/08/news/economy/president_energy/index.htm

LED Light Bulb vs CFL Light Bulb

According to Eartheasy.com, LED light bulbs will eventually be what we use to replace incandescent bulbs.

“CFLs are a temporary solution to energy-efficient lighting. The reason LEDs have not yet displaced CFLs from the market are twofold: the first generation LED bulbs had a narrow and focused light beam, and the cost of the LED bulbs was too high.

Recent developments in LED technology, however, have been addressing these issues. LEDs have been ‘clustered’ to provide more light, and mounted within diffuser lenses which spread the light across a wider area. And advancements in manufacturing technology have driven the prices down to a level where LED bulbs are more cost-effective than CFLs or incandescent bulbs.

This trend is continuing, with LED bulbs being designed for more applications while the prices are going down over time.”

http://www.eartheasy.com/live_led_bulbs_comparison.html