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Energy Efficiency

Coloradans Point Way to Real-World Middle Ground in America Candidates Should Pay Attention to Coloradans' Views on Energy Policy

Stefan Hankin | Posted 09.09.2012 | Denver
Stefan Hankin

Americans in today's political landscape are all too often portrayed in opposition. You are either a Democrat or a Republican, part of the masses or a one percenter. But most Colorado voters don't view energy and conservation within an either/or framework.

What D.C. Can Teach California -- and Vice Versa -- About Putting Together a Climate Bill

Kate Gordon | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

The fact that Congress is reluctant to curb climate change today doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from Washington when it comes to smart energy policy.

Low Cost Cooling

Wendy Gordon | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Give your appliances a break: Remember it's summer. Dry your clothes on a clothes line. Grill outside, and dine by candle light. And turn off your computers and entertainment equipment at night.

To Understand Rio+20, Put on Your 3D Glasses

Michael Northrop | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Michael Northrop

Simultaneously we will need to demand that our governments change their approach and get serious. Time is short.

Official Rio Document Disappoints but People's Commitment to Sustainability Inspires

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.23.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The official Rio+20 document doesn't call for binding cuts in carbon pollution or set standards for expanding clean energy. We can't rely only on the slow wheels of government to address the urgent problems facing our planet. We must start doing it ourselves.

Straw Home Offers Roadmap For Ditching The Heating Bill

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

When James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps wrote the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs, he probably didn't think someone would actually try to build a stra...

Wind Energy Makes America Safer

Mario Rivas | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Mario Rivas

While Congress drags its heels, the military is already working to reduce its energy impact and increase the portion of its energy that comes from renewable sources.

It's Summertime and Energy Is on Our Minds

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

In a poll last week, nearly 8 out of 10 people said saving on energy costs was deeply important to them -- more important than issues like the federal deficit. And this isn't news to the millions of low-income families who worry every single day about their utility bills.

Climate Change: The Power of Delusion, and the Delusion of Power

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

We have changed nature, and nature will change us. The power of the richest is no match for adapting to continued climate change. While technology has raised the quality of daily human life, it has not contributed to the long-term continuation of our civilization.

Team Energy Star Focuses on a New Audience to Save Energy: Kids

Diane MacEachern | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Diane MacEachern

Using energy efficiently starts at home with simple actions like turning off the lights or computer when they're not being used. The challenge is getting people -- especially kids -- to flip that switch to "off."

Eco Epiphany: Big City Sports Becoming Earth Friendly

Neil Wagner | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Neil Wagner

The Chicago Park District's Soldier Field, home of the Bears, has just received LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council -- the first NFL stadium so honored, which means the team of black and blue has gone green.

Fighting Climate Change, One Gorgeous Building at a Time: Chicago Commercial Building Initiative

Henry Henderson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced plans to tackle one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases in Chicago (or any city), and a key part of the City economy at the same time -- the energy we use in commercial buildings.

We Don't Miss Sexism and We Won't Miss Energy Waste

Claire Tomkins | Posted 08.01.2012 | Green
Claire Tomkins

There are sound investments that we can make today -- and they're bound to catch on. Soon energy waste will be as much of a bygone as the office smoke fest and the three-martini lunch.

Help Combat Energy Illiteracy: An Energy 101 Primer

Ben Jervey | Posted 07.30.2012 | Green
Ben Jervey

These troubling numbers illustrate a dangerous trend in our society. That, despite the fact that energy is one of the world's largest industries and that we're constantly debating energy issues, our society is woefully energy illiterate.

Is There a Clean Energy Standard in Our Future?

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.

Private Sector Leads on Clean Energy

Kate Gordon | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

The private sector is leading the way toward a cleaner energy future. Across the country, companies are setting internal carbon reduction goals, building more efficient factories, putting up wind and solar panels -- and asking their suppliers to do the same.

Nuclear's Once Bright and Shiny Future Blinks Out

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Where, outside of Iran, will new nuclear power plants be contemplated? Wherever that may be, it looks to be increasingly few and far between.

The Dim World of Light Bulb Politics

David Jenkins | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
David Jenkins

When widespread concern about energy waste caused states to start passing light bulb efficiency standards, the manufacturers sought a uniform national standard and got it.

Finding Your Force Multiplier

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Finding force multipliers for your company may not be obvious, but the thing these examples have in common is that they look at existing resources and ask, "What more could we get out of what we already have or already spend?"

Imitating Nature: Engineering's Sincerest Form of Efficiency

Neil Wagner | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Neil Wagner

Energy efficiency has often been called the "low-hanging fruit" of our battle against climate change. An appropriate metaphor, as Climate Progress's Joe Romm points out, because energy efficiency "grows back."

Missing the Point on Climate

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

It does not cost more to reduce carbon emissions; it costs less. Companies, consumers, and countries save money when they reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Study after study -- and the constant experience of companies saving billions in eco-efficiency -- prove this point.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

You Can Cut Your Carbon Emissions 20 Percent Over the Next Year

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.26.2012 | Green
Elliott Negin

"The most important single change for most Americans would be to trade in their gas-guzzler for a more fuel-efficient car... At today's gas prices, that would save you as much as $18,000 over the 15-year life of the car."

Earth Day Energy Quiz Yields Alarming Results

Brian F. Keane | Posted 06.25.2012 | Green
Brian F. Keane

Rather than telling people how to be more energy efficient this Earth Day, SmartPower decided to test consumers' knowledge of energy efficiency with a...

'Think Like a Man' Has Sony Thinking Green

Gina Hall | Posted 06.24.2012 | Entertainment
Gina Hall

Think Like a Man is the first feature film to use 100 percent energy efficient (LED) lighting sources on the production.