Energy Efficiency

8 Tax Breaks Expiring at the End of 2013

April 15 may seem like a long way off, but with a little planning before the end of the year, you could take advantage of tax breaks to help you lower your tax bill.

IKEA Chief: We're Leading America's LED Lighting Revolution

IKEA wants to change the way you light your home, one bulb at a time. The Swedish retailer will become the first U.S. home furnishings chain to sell only LED (light emitting diode) bulbs and lamps -- a bold push for the adoption of this energy-efficient light source in the U.S market.

How to 'Cheat' on Your Taxes ... Legally!

Nobody likes paying the IRS, and we all wish there were just a few more deductions we could swing without arousing the taxman's ire. And there are: Here are a few deductions that, while they might seem to be a little out of bounds, are totally legal.

Mother Nature Saved You at Least $47 This Winter

With less than one week until winter is officially over, Americans are celebrating the end of the season with an extra "spring" in their steps. What's got them feeling so happy? Two words: fatter wallets, thanks to warmer temperatures and lower heating costs.

Beat the Clock on These 6 Vanishing Tax Breaks

They say good things come to those who wait. They also say he who hesitates is lost. But when it comes to half a dozen juicy tax breaks, it's the second "they" you should listen to, because he who waits until Jan. 1, 2012, to take advantage of them will be out of luck.

What Does a $25 Light Bulb Get You?

If all goes as planned, the phase out of incandescent light bulbs will begin next year and continue through 2014, when light bulb makers hope we'll have adopted LED bulbs as our new favorite light source. But manufactures have to overcome a few obstacles before consumers will be ready to make the switch.

New York's Tallest Building Is Now One of Its Greenest

The Empire State Building is perhaps best remembered as the site of King Kong's last stand, but in real life, the monkey on the building's back wasn't a giant gorilla -- it was a giant electricity bill. But that was before one of the most remarkable green renovations ever undertaken.

Using an Easy-Bake Oven Is About to Become Difficult

The Easy-Bake Oven is falling victim to the fight against global warming. The incandescent light bulbs that heat the toy ovens are being phased out in 2012 in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescents. But precisely because they are energy efficient, they don't get hot enough to bake a cookie.

Putting Energy-Hog Buildings on a Strict Diet

Cutting energy use inside buildings -- both commercial and residential -- has become a hot market for a growing number of technology companies, from giants such as General Electric and Intel to Silicon Valley startups. And the federal government is an eager booster.

Investment Surge Powers Up Smart-Grid Tech

eMeter, which makes software for monitoring energy use, is the latest smart-grid tech startup to garner significant investment -- $12.5 million worth. With old electricity grids being replaced with smart ones, investors -- and tech giants like Google and Cisco -- are surging into the sector.

Clean-Tech Investments Surge, With Solar in Lead

Global clean-tech venture investments rose 43% to $2 billion in the second quarter and hit a high for the first half of this year. Solar and biofuel startups garnered the biggest funding, and the IPO market for clean-tech was much hotter in China than the U.S.

House Passes $6 Billion Cash for Caulkers Bill

The House on Thursday approved the $6 billion Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, aka Cash for Caulkers, which aims to make the world a little greener, foster job growth and save Americans money on retrofitting their homes with energy efficient products that can lead to lower utility bills.