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New Efficiency Standards for Gas Fireplaces and Fluorescent Lamps

New Efficiency Standards for Gas Fireplaces and Fluorescent Lamps

The Department of Energy wants to dump pilot lights that burn continuously in gas fireplaces and to bring on more-efficient fluorescent lamps.

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Solar Leasing Hopes for a Toehold in the South

Solar Leasing Hopes for a Toehold in the South

The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill that would allow third-party ownership for solar electric systems. In Florida, a citizens' group is seeking to overturn a ban at the ballot box.

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New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings

New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings

Signs must be posted at houses where roof trusses have been used so that firefighters have a better idea of what to expect in case of fire.

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Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law

Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law

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Minnesota becomes the fourth state in the country to require fire sprinklers in some new houses, but a builders' association has gone to court in an attempt to delay the new law.

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IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified

IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified

The new rule is aimed at weeding out the 'wild assertions' that fringe manufacturers make about the efficiency of their wind generators.

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Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules

Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules

Regulators permit utilities to settle accounts monthly rather than annually, and pay the wholesale rather than the retail rate. Existing customers are grandfathered for 10 years.

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Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters

Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters

The order affects only a small percentage of the millions of meters that have been installed. In Maine, critics appeal a ruling that the meters are safe.

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Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formula

Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formula

A utility on Kauai turns to lithium-ion batteries after its first try with lead-acid batteries fails to meet expectations. Another Hawaiian utility tweaks its net-metering rules.

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The Internet of Things Takes Center Stage

The Internet of Things Takes Center Stage

Interconnected devices for the home are getting a lot of attention at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Study Finds Solar Panels Add Value to Houses

Study Finds Solar Panels Add Value to Houses

Researchers looking at sales records of nearly 23,000 homes have concluded that buyers are willing to pay $15,000 more for a house with an average-size photovoltaic system.

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