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September 26, 2018
EERE Success Story—South Carolina Facilitates Energy Efficiency Financing for Public Buildings Reducing Costs to Taxpayers
With the help of a DOE State Energy Program competitive award, the South Carolina Energy Office created the Palmetto Energy Efficiency Retrofits.
July 3, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Low-Cost, High Yield with Automated Building Monitoring in Alaska
Since 2013, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has used a portion of its SEP formula funds to develop a building monitoring project – BMON.
June 5, 2018
idaho fire truck OEMR
EERE Success Story—Idaho Leads by Example by Reducing Energy in Rural Communities
OEMR utilized Petroleum Violation Escrow funds under the authorization of the Energy Department’s State Energy Program.
November 1, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Using Advanced Modeling Tools to Make More Efficient Fans
The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is researching opportunities to make homes safer and more efficient through SBIR.
December 22, 2016
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EERE Success Story—Sowing the Seeds for Improved Home Energy Efficiency in Florida
A common obstacle to accelerating American investment in home energy efficiency is the up-front cost of home energy upgrades and other sustainable ...
December 13, 2016
Photo Courtesy | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Aeroseal and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Develop Technology to Find and Fill Building Energy Leaks

Many residential and commercial buildings leak air like sieves, wasting up to 40% of their heating and cooling energy. The primary reason for this...

December 6, 2016
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EERE Success Story—L Prize™ Competition Drives LED Lighting Innovation, Energy Savings

As light-emitting diode (LED) performance continues to improve and prices continue to drop, adoption continues to increase. According to the latest...

December 5, 2016
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EERE Success Story—Energy Department Toolkits Help Businesses Save Money from Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The toolkit integrates new and existing technical tools that give small and medium commercial buildings the ability to analyze and evaluate...

November 17, 2016
LED patient room lighting system. Photo Courtesy|Philips Lighting Research North America
EERE Success Story—Tunable LED Patient-Room Lighting Offers Energy Efficiency and More

Healthcare accounts for 9% of the energy used in U.S. commercial buildings, and lighting represents the largest electricity use in all of...

September 20, 2016
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) Brian Fricke tests Hillphoenix's Advansor Refrigeration System in ORNL's state-of-the-art Building Technologies Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) user facility; Photo Credit: Oak Ridge National Lab
EERE Success Story—New Advanced Refrigeration Technology Provides Clean Energy, Low Utility Bills for Supermarkets

Traditional supermarket refrigeration systems found in most U.S. grocery stores require a substantial amount of energy to keep fruits and...

August 4, 2016
BEMOSS deployment in Equipment Bureau building in Arlington, VA, for control of lighting circuits. Photo Courtesy: BEMOSS team, Virginia Tech
EERE Success Story—Software Platform Offers Underserved Smaller Buildings Sector an Innovative Solution for Cutting Energy Costs and Waste

For the past two years, a team of professors and graduate students at Virginia Tech, in close consultation with industry, have been developing...

July 21, 2016
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EERE Success Story—LED Lighting in the Classroom for Energy Efficiency and Enhanced Learning

Energy costs are a large operational expense for schools and universities – comprising the second-largest such expense for school districts, after...

July 13, 2016
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EERE Success Story—Improving the Efficiency and Lowering the Cost of LED Lighting

One of the biggest initial barriers to the widespread adoption of energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been the cost. While...

June 7, 2016
QM Power discusses the company's new refrigeration motor with a supermarket. (Source: QM Power)
EERE Success Story—Revolutionary Refrigeration Motor Slashes Supermarket Energy Usage

Thanks to a DOE Building Technologies Office funding award, QM Power is demonstrating its technology, called the Q-Sync fan motor, in supermarkets...

June 1, 2016
EERE Success Story—Dow Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings
Dow Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings
May 4, 2016
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills

National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals...

March 31, 2016
PPG Industries’ online tool, Construct, allows users to quickly build a virtual Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) and calculate its thermal and optical properties. Image credit: PPG Industries.
EERE Success Story—Energy Efficient Windows to Reach Market Quicker with New Tool

About 10% of the energy used in U.S. buildings—approximately 4 quads per year—compensates for energy lost through windows. To address this...

March 17, 2016
The University of Maryland used direct metal printing—a 3D printing technology—to manufacture a unique miniaturized air-to-refrigerant heat exchanger as a single, continuous piece. Image: University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering.
EERE Success Story—3D Printing Enables New Generation of Heat Exchangers

Three-dimensional printing is revolutionizing how we manufacture objects in almost every industry—from vehicles to medical devices to biotech. Now,...

January 14, 2016
Image courtesy of Daikin.
EERE Success Story—DOE Industry Partnerships Lead to Widespread Adoption of Efficient Commercial Air Conditioners

Commercial air conditioners, often referred to as rooftop units (RTUs), are commonly used across commercial building sectors such as schools,...

December 22, 2015
Highly efficient Building America test house in Russellville, AL. Photo Courtesy: Levy Partnership
EERE Success Story—Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes

The ARIES Collaborative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America research team, recently developed and evaluated methods to reduce...

September 30, 2015
A historic home with low-e storm windows. Image: QUANTA Technologies, Inc.
EERE Success Story—Performance Validation of Low-e Storm Windows Paves Way for Market Acceptance

One recent addition to the arsenal of cost-effective efficiency measures is low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows. A low-e coating or glazing is a...

September 15, 2015
Xergy Inc. and an industrial partner are collaborating on a hybrid water heater that incorporates an Xergy-developed electrochemical compressor. Image: Xergy, Inc.
EERE Success Story—Xergy Develops Breakthrough Water Heater Compressor

New HVAC, water heating, and appliance technologies that work without conventional refrigerants are critical for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE...

September 9, 2015
Low-E windows – featuring an energy-saving technology developed at Berkeley National Laboratory– are now found in 80% of homes and 50% of buildings in the United States.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Smart Windows are Lowering Energy Costs

Window innovations developed in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are cutting energy cost for American families, businesses,...

February 20, 2015
Success Stories
EERE Success Story—New Refrigerant Boosts Energy Efficiency of Supermarket Display Cases
Research supported by the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office that led to a major breakthrough in refrigeration systems’ efficiency is no
May 1, 2014
EERE Success Story—Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings

New energy efficiency standards for external power supplies will reduce energy consumption, energy bills, and carbon emissions.