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November 2, 2010
A new heating and cooling system at Chester County Historical Society’s history center is saving the organization about $27,500 a year. | Photo Courtesy of CCHS
HVAC upgrade saving money, protecting history

How a new HVAC system is helping the Chester County Historical Society in Pennsylvania save money and preserve history.

October 28, 2010
Baltimore resident Paul Bennett installed 14 solar panels such as these on his historic row home with the help of a state solar grant and federal tax credit through the Recovery Act. | Energy Department Photo |
Baltimore Vet Cuts Energy Bills With Solar

Baltimore resident and disabled veteran Paul Bennett shares his experience utilizing state and federal grants and tax credits to install solar panels on his historic row home and cut energy costs.

October 25, 2010
Park City, UT has completed several green projects recently. The town is installing a solar energy system on top of the Marsac Building at the end of the month. | Photo courtesy of Park City |
Sundance, Skiing and Solar: Park City to Install New PV System

The mountain paradise of Park City, Utah - best known for its sensational skiing and annual Sundance Film Festival - is quickly becoming a shining example of environmental sustainability. The city’s latest green endeavor: an 18 kW solar energy system on top of the historic Marsac Building.

October 13, 2010
Offshore Wind Project Surges Ahead in South Carolina

The Center for Marine and Wetland Studies studies wind speed data from buoys, which have been measuring wind speed and direction for the past year.

October 8, 2010
Topeka is using Recovery Act funding to resynchronize 22 traffic lights. | Photo by Linda Voss
Getting Traffic Lights Talking to Improve Topeka's Traffic Tunnel

By this winter, the 22 traffic signals within Topeka’s three major traffic corridors—21st Street, Wanamaker and Topeka Boulevard—will be resynchronized to help reduce driving time, gas consumption and emissions. These corridors see anywhere from 17,000 to 30,000 cars daily.

October 6, 2010
Technicians implement smart meters as part of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative, which is projected to save the city $3 million a year over a 15 year period. | Photo courtesy of Naperville
VP 100: A Smart Grid Initiative in an Eco-Conscious Town

Naperville, Illinois is improving their long-term electricity distribution through the implementation of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI) -- to the tune of $3million in savings over a 15-year period.

September 27, 2010
A worker synchronizes a traffic light on State Road A1A in St. Augustine, FL. | Energy Department Photo |
Florida County Seeks to Reduce Emissions and Improve Traffic

St. Johns County, Florida is tackling its traffic-timing problem with a little help from an Energy Department Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant. The county will use the grant to improve traffic flow by re-synchronizing signals at five major road segments. In total, 23 traffic signals will be retimed and synchronized, resulting in lower fuel consumption, shorter travel times, increased travel speed, less stopping and less engine idling.

September 21, 2010
Ring Factory Elementary School has installed a new ENERGY STAR-rated "cool" roof that is estimated to be 57 percent more energy efficient than the previous roof. | U.S. Department of Energy
Learning is Now Much 'Cooler' for Maryland School Students

It is back to school time for the 513 students at Ring Factory Elementary School in Harford County, Md. And there's something new and cool -- beyond clothes and backpacks -- for these kids. The latest addition is the school's new ENERGY STAR-rated "cool" roof, funded in part through the Recovery Act.

September 20, 2010
New sodium lamp lights at Strafford County’s courthouse parking lot are expected to save the county $6,000 on energy bills annually. | Photo courtesy of Strafford County
Fewer lights, Brighter Shine in New Hampshire County

The parking lot to the county courthouse and nursing home facility in Strafford County, New Hampshire needed new lights. And thanks to an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Energy Department, Strafford got what it needed and more.