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IKEA to Phase out Incandescent Bulbs

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Retail giant says U.S. stores will stop selling energy-guzzling light bulbs by the end of this year.

Swedish mega-retailer announced last week that U.S. stores will stop selling incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out begins on August 1, 2010; by the end of the year, the energy-sucking home lighting alternative will no longer be available at North American IKEA stores. The move preempts federal energy-efficiency measures which will phase out incandescent lighting beginning in 2012. The bulbs are......read more

Realizing the Promise of Energy Efficiency

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Small gains in energy efficiency can create huge savings. So why isn't everyone doing it?

Energy efficiency is not a new concept. Hell, it was 1976 when energy policy analyst Amory Levins put forth his ideas on a "soft energy path," waking people up to the notion that simple building retrofits could produce big energy savings.  In 2009, McKinsey published a study that found that efficiency measures across the U.S. economy could reduce energy consumption 23% by 2020,......read more

The University of North Carolina, best known for its basketball prowess, is celebrating a different sort of victory this week. The Chapel Hill, NC school was named winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Building Competition to see who could get the most energy savings out of their respective buildings over the course of a year. The winning team, from UNC's Morrison......read more

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