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Department of Energy announces new efficiency standards 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Department of Energy announces new efficiency standards

As part of his administration's campaign on combating climate change and increasing the role of energy efficiency in the country, President Barack Obama launched his Climate Action Plan earlier in the year. The program's goal is a lofty one, calling for the reduction of national carbon emissions by 3 billion metric tons by 2030. In order to achieve this endgame, the Department of Energy announced on August 29 two new proposals for improving appliance efficiency standards.

The White House's blog reports that the new measures look to save a total of $30 billion in energy expenses and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 350 million metric tons. These figures are the equivalent of 50 million American homes' annual electricity consumption. 

The first of the new standards targets refrigeration equipment used by businesses like convenience stores and restaurants. According to the White House's official statement, upgrading commercial refrigerators can cut utility bills down by $4 billion and carbon emissions by 55 million metric tons within the next 30 years.

The second proposal, if adopted, would upgrade the walk-in coolers and freezers utilized by supermarkets. Once implemented, this measure could prove even more fruitful, yielding $24 billion in saved power costs and reducing environmental impact by approximately 300 million fewer metric tons.

Steps like these are just the beginning for a more energy efficient country, but they also mainly target commercial buildings and businesses. Homeowners in the New England area looking to live more eco-friendly lives should outfit their residences with new exterior building products to augment insulation capabilities, helping to improve electricity and heating conservation. For more information, contact Mercury Excelum today.

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LED bulbs a simple solution to energy efficiency 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

LED bulbs a simple solution to energy efficiency

As President Barack Obama lays out his grand plan for a more energy efficient America, many people are left wondering how they can contribute and jump on the bandwagon themselves. After all, many of the new measures introduced by the White House's Climate Action Plan target federal agencies and commercial appliances, which can help yield tremendous amounts of money in saved energy as well mitigate the country's harmful carbon emissions. But these new guidelines don't exactly apply to the average American household.

Luckily, there are plenty of small and simple steps that homeowners can to take to their make lives a little greener. One of the most affordable actions an individual can take is to replace their residence's lighting with new LED light bulbs. As CBS Atlanta explained, production on the standard 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs is winding down with an expected end date in January 2014. But rather than mourn the loss of the conventional bulb, Americans will now be able to find it even easier to begin investing in more eco-friendly LED bulbs, which save money and power.

As the news affiliate puts it, "incandescent bulbs are really only cheaper if you never turn them on." The proof of this is in the numbers themselves, as the average incandescent bulb needs $8 per year to turn on, whereas LED bulbs only require a mere $1.70 in electricity costs. This is hardly the only check in the "pros" column for LED bulbs, though. Unlike other models, LED lights can last for decades, light up to full brightness instantly and even provide options for dimming.

Connecticut homeowners can invest in other simple energy efficient renovations around the house with help from Mercury Excelum. Our specialists can put you in touch with contractors that offer home improvement products designed to bolster your property's efficiency, leading to cheaper utility bills and a healthier environmental impact. 

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