The US. Department of Energy has announced it will fund up to $14 million in 15 R&D projects to support energy efficient technologies for commercial buildings and residential homes. It is intended that the funded technologies will aid building managers and homeowners reduce energy demand and save money while introducing new clean energy technologies into the market. According to the announcement released by the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 40% of all energy use in the U.S., an estimated cost of $413 billion, went to commecial and residential buildings.
"Investments in advanced energy-efficient technologies will help families and businesses reduce energy costs, while reducing carbon emissions," said Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency. "These innovative approaches will improve smart-building technologies, including lighting, lighting controls, highly insulated walls and windows, as well as increase efficiency measures that complement a building's entire energy management system."