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August 10, 2010
A portion of Glendale, Arizona's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant was used to purchase programmable thermostats. | Department of Energy Photo |
Educating Glendale, Arizona Residents About Energy Savings

City officials in Glendale, Ariz. had a problem. Citizens were constantly asking them for information on how to reduce home energy consumption, but they did not have a staff member to answer the questions. That changed in June 2009, when the city hired Nancy Schwab to be the official energy education specialist.

August 9, 2010
LEDs such as this are expected to save Altoona, Pa. thousands in energy costs. | File photo
Lighting Retrofits Saving Energy, Helping Local Companies

It's easy to measure the effects of a lighting retrofit project in a city like Altoona, Pa., where 169 new LED units are expected to save $4,078 in energy costs annually. But there are also other benefits to such energy efficiency initiatives, which can be seen in the local companies that make the projects possible...

August 6, 2010
With sintered rare earth magnets a $4 billion worldwide market, the U.S. could be a bigger producer of these magnets - which are not actually rare - and are used in hybrid vehicle motors and wind turbine generators.  | Illustration Courtesy of of Electron Energy Corporation |
Grant Helps Make U.S. Rare Earth Magnets More Common

Sintered rare earth magnets - which are vital components in hybrid vehicle motors and wind turbine generators - are a $4 billion worldwide industry. Landisville, Pa.-based Electron Energy Corporation is hoping to bring a share of that market (and jobs) to the U.S. with their sintered rare earth magnet innovation.

August 3, 2010
The Kane County Judicial Center is one building that received retrofits to save the county energy with a Recovery Act-funded block grant. | Photo courtesy of Kane County
One Grant, Nine Energy Efficiency Programs for Illinois County

West of Chicago, one Illinois municipality is putting its $2.2 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to work on nine projects. The municipality – Kane County – is looking to save money and provide a base for green collar jobs.

July 30, 2010
Another Door Opens: Marion Invests in Energy Efficiency

City Hall works to set an example for energy efficiency, making some much needed upgrades.

July 30, 2010
Metal halide light fixtures at Pompey Park are saving the City of Delray Beach money on its electricity bills. | Photo courtesy of the City of Delray Beach
New Sustainability Manager Delivers Savings for Delray Beach

Delray Beach hires a new sustainability officer to help the city save money by saving energy.

July 29, 2010
The new chiller system at the Dunn Building replaced an outdated rooftop-based HVAC system. | Photo courtesy of Deborah Hammond
Energy Savings, Improved Comfort for West Virginia County Government

On any given day up to 2,000 people visit the Dunn Building in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The building is the site for the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, the Berkeley County Commission and other municipal offices.

July 29, 2010
Saving Energy at 24/7 Wastewater Treatment Plant

When the wastewater treatment plant uses more electricity than any other public building, it makes sense to look for improvements that reduce energy costs.

July 26, 2010
By replacing T-12 lights with more efficient T-8 units, Texas City will save 65.5 kW each year. | Courtesy of the City of Texas City, Texas
Gulf Coast's Texas City Sees Easy Energy Savings

In Texas City, an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) awarded last year has already been utilized to start saving the Texas Gulf Coast city money by installing more efficient lights and applying UV reduction films to windows.

July 23, 2010
METRO Regional Transit Authority of Akron, OH is installing a solar energy system such as this on the central bus barn's roof. | Energy Department Photo |
Ohio Transit System Saves With Solar

With a little help from the Recovery Act, the METRO Regional Transit Authority of Akron, Ohio is adding a photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system on the roof of its central bus barn.