Energy Efficiency Barriers & Benefits for Aboriginal Communities

Fleur Crowe Perth February 17, 2011 01:37 AM
I have recently completed a home energy efficiency engagement project in over 400 remote Aboriginal communities in regional Western Australia. Whilst I have identified many B&B f…

Taking Action to Reduce Energy Use

Joette Storm, APR Anchorage February 13, 2011 10:09 PM
Who has a recent study on why some people are reluctant to change their energy use behaviors? Alaska wishes to coordinate all the energy efficiency efforts and is focusing on beha…

Webinar on Cape Light Compact Smart Home Energy Monitoring Pilot

Jay Kassirer Ottawa January 25, 2011 03:54 PM
This well designed and executed pilot project, which recently achieved unusually high energy use reductions among 100 volunteer participants, illustrates the power of real-time fe…
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