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Energy efficiency definitions for today's world

Rising energy costs, expanding use of technology and an increasing mobile society has spawned government agencies and private organizations dedicated to improving the nation’s energy efficiency while also reducing consumption.

 
PRLog - Aug. 9, 2011 - TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- Buffalo, NY-- Rising energy costs, expanding use of technology and an increasing mobile society has spawned government agencies and private organizations dedicated to improving the nation’s energy efficiency while also reducing consumption.  Knowing who some of these energy players are and what they do is increasing important  according to Brian Paterson, Vice President of New Buffalo Impact, a Tonawanda, NY home energy contractor.  

Paterson said, “Energy consumption is an unavoidable fact of modern life. Everything we do requires  energy from turning on a light bulb or a computer, to heating the house on a cold winter day.”

Paterson added, “ Between 1990 and 2005, energy consumption worldwide rose 33%. People living in the U.S. consume 21.8% of the energy.”

The battle to be more energy efficient is not a lonely one however. Paterson points out that there are a number of government agencies and private sector companies working to help us understand how to live more energy efficient. Here are just a few.

“ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Their goal is to help us all save money while protecting the environment through energy efficient products and practices,” Paterson said.

The ENERGY STAR website explains, “In 1992 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computers and monitors were the first labeled products. Through 1995, EPA expanded the label to additional office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment. In 1996, EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy for particular product categories. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.”

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) sets the standards for “whole house” building diagnostics and combustion safety testing.  For more information on BPI, interested parties should go to www.bpi.org.

Another active partner in the struggle to reduce energy waste is The Department of Energy according to Paterson. He said, “The department  is committed to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and developing energy efficient technologies for buildings, homes, transportation, power systems and industry.”

Paterson pointed out the work of another government agency. According to Paterson, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

The EERE website explains. “EERE leads the Federal government's research, development, and deployment efforts in energy efficiency. EERE's role is to invest in high-risk, high-value research and development that is critical to the Nation's energy future and would not be sufficiently conducted by the private sector acting on its own.

Program activities are conducted in partnership with the private sector, state and local government, DOE national laboratories, and universities. EERE also works with stake holders to develop programs and policies to facilitate the deployment of advanced clean energy technologies and practices.”

Some of the efforts are grassroots Paterson mentioned. “The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient,” he said.  

“The fight to reduce our energy consumption and improve our nation’s  energy efficiency is a joint effort by the government, private companies and each citizen,” Paterson said.

Paterson’s company, New Buffalo Impact, is a participating Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor and accredited BPI contractor.

New Buffalo Impact is a non profit company and energy efficency resource that not only conducts a comprehensive home energy audit, but also performs the necessary home energy improvement work including insulation, air sealing, windows and doors, furnaces, air conditioners and the purchase and installation of energy efficiency appliances.

New Buffalo Impact, in conjunction with Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY), offers free comprehensive home energy assessments. Interested homeowners should go online to www.getenergysmart.org for more details and application forms.

NBI also works with homeowners to identify, and use, various financial assistance programs


He added that the New Buffalo Impact website contains common sense tips for reducing home energy consumption. That site is located at: www.newbuffaloimpact.com.

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New Buffalo Impact is a non profit company and energy efficency resource that not only conducts a comprehensive home energy audit, but also performs the necessary home energy improvement work including insulation, air sealing, windows and doors, furnaces, air conditioners and the purchase and installation of energy efficiency appliances.

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