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Best Practices: Reducing Natural Gas Consumption

Oil-to-gas conversions are all the rage these days, and rightly so – converting from oil to natural gas is a great way to quickly reduce your energy bill, while also supporting the domestic energy industry and reducing your environmental impact. What if you’ve already converted to using affordable natural gas, however? Are there ways to further reduce your energy usage? You bet there are! According to a recent article from CNG’s newsletter The Commercial Connection, the industrial sector consumes one-third of natural gas in the United States. Even small savings, percentage-wise, can add up to big-dollar decreases in energy consumption and expenditures.  As the article points out, waste heat recovery, burner upgrades, and even something as simple as minimizing the time the door of a furnace…

Connecticut Places 5th in Ranking of Energy Efficient States

From the Hartford Courant: By BRIAN DOWLING   Connecticut moved up one place, to fifth, in an annual ranking of energy efficient states released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Other states in the top five include, Oregon, New York, California and Massachusetts, which topped the list for the third year. Annie Downs, state policy analyst and lead author of the efficiency ranking, said that electricity savings from efficiency programs increased 20 percent from 2010-2011. The seventh annual ranking noted one of Connecticut’s major energy bills passed by the General Assembly in June that called for benchmarking of state buildings, an expansion of its combined heat and power program, and doubling funding for the state’s efficiency programs. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said…

Connecticut to expand Natural Gas coverage

Below is a news story from WTNH, Channel 8. NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut regulators have issued a draft ruling approving a massive expansion of natural gas service across the state. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, released the ruling Wednesday. It approves a proposal by the three investor-owned gas companies in the state to connect about 280,000 new customers to gas over 10 years. The typical homeowner would face no up-front connection costs and would pay an extra 10 percent each billing cycle for 10 years. Average-size businesses would pay an extra 50 percent per billing cycle over a decade. Family-owned heating oil businesses say the expansion would hurt their companies. PURA will accept written comments on the draft ruling until Nov….

PlaNYC Great News!

With the Mayoral election over in New York City, we at ETTER were concerned with the impact on Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC – Released in 2007, PlaNYC was an unprecedented effort undertaken by Mayor Bloomberg to prepare the city for one million more residents, strengthen our economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Plan brought together over 25 City agencies to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York. Here are some snippets about Bill de Blasio’s future policies.. “Bill de Blasio has some big green shoes to fill when he takes over the office on New Year’s day. But, from what we’ve seen so far, it looks like he may carry on Michael Bloomberg’s legacy of environmental stewardship.”…

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