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Energy Efficiency

Latest Draft of Senate Climate Bill: What's Good and What Needs Work

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The bill ensures the vast majority of allowances go to helping consumers, providing a level playing field for energy intensive industries, deploying low-carbon technologies, and preventing deforestation.

Big Little Green Idea

Richard Seireeni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Seireeni

What if home designers added a 'dry room' to their plans -- a place where the furnace, water heater (or tankless water heater) and washer/dryer could live together along with built-in lines or racks for drying clothes?

Pathways Out of Poverty

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sec. Hilda Solis

Despite the economic downturn, green industries present many opportunities for individuals to learn new skills and competencies, gain employment, and advance along career pathways.

Buzzwords For 2010: Which Words Will Catch On Next Year?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last year, JWT trendspotter Ann Mack predicted a number of words she expected to enter the 2009 lexicon -- and some were more successful than others....

Kansas Launches $34M Energy Efficiency Program

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas launched a new energy efficiency program Tuesday to make low-interest loans available to several thousand home owners and ...

New Energy Economy -- Next Steps for Colorado and the Nation

Leslie Weise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Leslie Weise

There are many obstacles to transition our dependency on traditional fossil fuels to cleaner energy solutions, and Ritter has demonstrated the courage to confront those obstacles.

Bittercreek Alehouse: Low-Power Happy Hour And A Worm Bin

nytimes.com | Kate Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A campaign to unplug things from neon beer signs to extra refrigerators helped the pub cut its electricity bill by about 35 percent in 2008, according...

To Ban or Not to Ban? The Debate Over Clotheslines

MSN Money | Teresa Mears | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

If you live in an older neighborhood in most cities, you can hang your wet clothes out to dry with impunity. But if, like 60 million Americans, you li...

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Put NYC at Forefront of Fight Against Climate Change

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Peter Lehner

While world leaders gather in Copenhagen to address climate change on a global scale, here at home, New York tackled the number one contributor to its own carbon footprint -- its buildings.

Nuclear Power Regains Support

washingtonpost.com | Anthony Faiola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Nuclear power -- long considered environmentally hazardous -- is emerging as perhaps the world's most unlikely weapon against climate change, with the...

New York State has a Big Choice - Monday

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jack Hidary

Let's see if our dysfunctional state system can pass a bill that helps us all or whether we are doomed to be left behind as the rest of the country benefits from the new energy economy.

The Real Paradox of Energy Efficiency

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bernie Bulkin

In the well known McKinsey/Wattenfall study on greenhouse gas emissions, almost all the most cost effective measures were efficiency, and virtually all efficiency measures had a negative cost.

Rising to the Challenge: Architecture 2030 and Residential Energy Codes

Laura A. Hutchings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laura A. Hutchings

What is the 2030 Challenge and why should we care about residential energy codes? Architecture 2030 is an organization dedicated to reducing the envi...

Suburban Towns Strive To Be Environmentally Aware

nytimes.com | MIREYA NAVARRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Some of these towns are offering energy retrofits; others furnish free parking to fuel-efficient hybrid cars. Yet others are limiting or banning the u...

2010 Predictions: Simpler, Greener Lifestyles

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

In 2010, Americans will look for ways to save a penny or two, and with a few years of practice under their belts they'll get more thrifty. We'll see the following green trends emerge in 2010.

Obama on His Own

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

Using his executive authority, President Barack Obama can instruct power plants to slash emissions and order new efficiency standards to cut the energy used by consumer and commercial appliances.

Palin's Book Spreads Falsehoods About Clean Energy Legislation

Grist | Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In her upcoming book Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin made a slew of false charges concerning clean energy legislation....

Taipei 101 To Be World's Tallest Green Building

inhabitat.com | Bridgette Meinhold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Taipei 101, famous for being one of the world's tallest buildings, is set to get some major eco-upgrades in an effort to save money, reduce its impact...

Weatherization: Saving Money by Saving Energy

Steven Chu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Chu

Long before I learned about the risks of climate change, I was fanatical about energy efficiency because I'm cheap. We want to help millions of families seize the same opportunity to cut their utility bills.

A Zero Energy Home for All Americans: Ed Pollock Promotes Builders Challenge at EEBA Conference

Laura A. Hutchings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Laura A. Hutchings

The Department of Energy came to Denver this week, promoting its Builders Challenge initiative, which seeks to promote affordable, zero energy homes f...

Saving Energy: Efficient Electronics Still Power Hogs

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The proliferation of personal computers, iPods, cellphones, game consoles and all the rest amounts to the fastest-growing source of power demand in th...

A Win-Win for Energy Efficiency and Jobs

Matt Petersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Petersen

By developing a comprehensive plan to retrofit our homes and offices we can put thousands of people back to work and boost local economies.

Too Good To Be True?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

I had thought that arguments about massive "free lunches" in the energy efficiency and climate domain had long since been laid to rest. The debates in California (and some of the rhetoric in Washington) prove otherwise.

A Big Breakthrough on Green Jobs

Billy Parish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Billy Parish

The New York State Senate and Assembly rose above petty politics last week to pass legislation on climate and energy, setting a precedent for bipartisanship and a sensible cap and trade system.

Landmark Green Jobs Bill Passes Senate 52 - 8

Dan Cantor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Cantor

New York may be on the verge of becoming a world leader in energy efficiency. Working late into the night, the State Senate passed the historic Green...