DOE Announces Guide for 50% Energy Efficient Retail Buildings (By Staff. January 10th, EERE News)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the release of the third installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). This latest guide will help architects, engineers, and contractors design and build highly efficient retail buildings, helping to save energy and cut store operational costs. The 50% AEDG series provides a practical approach for designers and builders of retail stores, and other major commercial building types, to achieve 50% energy savings compared to the building energy code used in many parts of the nation....

Recycling tips for the New Year (San Tan Sun News - January 07, 2012)
(SELECT PAGE 46)...With continued emphasis on going green, United Fibers in Chandler has these recycling tips for the New Year and beyond......

Energy Tax Credits Still Available for 2011 (By Jodi Baker. September 14th, Channel 6 News)
Energy tax credits have lost a little of last year's luster, but there are still some ways to get money back on home improvements this year. The credits out there for 2011 include 10% of Energy Star window costs, up to $200 maximum and up to $500 for doors, insulation and roofing which meet efficiency standards. A new water heater or air conditioner can net home owners up to a $300 maximum credit. Furnace tax credits can get up to a $150 credit; however, the efficiency standard has increased this year from 90% to 95%...

How to Reduce Energy Use at Home (By Jim Carlton. September 12th, Wall Street Journal)
For new-home buyers, green is the color of money. The share of homes being built in the U.S. with environmentally friendly features jumped to 16% of single-family starts last year from 2% in 2006, says McGraw-Hill Construction, a market-research firm in New York. Fueling the trend, industry officials say, is a desire to save energy at a time of high fuel costs. Indeed, in a recent survey, 93% of builders named increased energy efficiency as an important green practice—far more than cited any other benefit...

Consumer Reports Offers Tips for Cutting Your Energy Bill (By Lori Obert. September 11th, 9 News)
Cutting your energy costs - it's a relentless pursuit. The average American household spends $2,200 a year on home energy bills, and plenty of people pay more. The growing number of electronics in your home is pushing those figures even higher, but there are ways to save. Consumer Reports has some tips on how to avoid "energy wasters."...