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Report: U.S. Energy Efficiency Jobs Are Growing, but Companies Struggle to Find Qualified Candidates

The United States Department of Energy recently released its 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), providing statistics and analysis of the four major sectors of the nation’s energy economy: Electric Power Generation and Fuels; Transmission, Distribution and Storage; Energy Efficiency; and Motor Vehicles.

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3 Clean Energy Organizations You Should Know

When you join the renewable energy workforce, you become a part of a larger community of people who share your interest in creating cleaner energy sources. Whether you’re pursuing a career in solar energy, or another sector of the renewable energy industry such as energy efficiency, there are several organizations you can get involved with.

Here are three organizations you should know about to get started.

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How to Become a Professional Energy Auditor

Deciding to become a home energy performance professional is a major move in anyone's career journey. People enter the field of energy efficiency from various occupations and careers and at various stages of their lives. Everyone has different reasons why they think energy auditing is the correct career choice for them. One question that consistently comes from people looking to enter the home performance industry: "How do I become an Energy Auditing Professional?"

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What the Green Building Industry Can Learn From Motorola

Whether driven by a genuine desire to reduce their environmental footprint, or simply to insulate themselves against rising costs, energy efficiency is becoming a significant organizational goal for many companies around the country. In order to achieve these goals, businesses are looking for direction on how they can have their buildings' designed and/or operated to consume as little energy as possible. Many have looked to the LEED Rating System to provide both the guidance for, and recognition of, exceptional energy, water and material conservation.

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What Are the Advantages of Passing the NABCEP Exam?

In an industry that keeps growing exponentially through continued investment and financing from both private and public funding, the search for quality and recognition will be necessary for the future. Even a medium-sized solar system which generates around 815 kWh a month, and costs around $10,000 and has a lifetime of up to 30 years, is a major investment for most homeowners.

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What Are the Differences Between LEED V3 and LEED V4?

As the standard in green building best practices, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the world’s preeminent green building rating program, with 1.5 million square feet of building space certified to LEED every day. LEED version 3, also known as LEED 2009, is now up for revision as USGBC members cooperate to vote on its next iteration, LEED v4.

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5 Most Common Credits for LEED Certification

The decision to apply for LEED Certification is both exciting and daunting for designers and managers. Having your building recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a badge of honor in the design and construction industry, but it also means more planning, measuring and upfront costs. What's more, a simple "LEED Certified" designation no longer holds the same weight as it once did; in fact, the most common designation is now LEED Gold. This requires getting at least 60 out of the 110 possible points under the current LEED rating system.

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Why Training is Essential to the Future of Green Building

Green buildings receive a lot of positive attention these days. The green building paradigm — lower to net-zero energy and water consumption, healthy indoor environment, connection to nature — is increasingly winning recognition and support with the public and the government. On the economic side, green buildings are projected to make a big portion of all new construction and retrofits.

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Renewable Energy Job Training: The Best Investment You'll Ever Make

Business owners, investors and entrepreneurs will parrot this saying until the end of time: "You have to spend money to make money." Counterintuitive, perhaps, when it first hits the ears, but it is one of the few steadfast truisms of commerce when done right. Businesses aren't the only beneficiaries of this stream of logic. Individuals have countless options to strategically allocate their spending to see impressive returns. And no, we're not talking about stock options

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