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The Energy Dilemma

Gil Laroya | Posted 07.03.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

Everything technological uses some form of energy; grid power, batteries, or virtually any form of energy that can be used to feed a starving tech device is fair game, and it's sending us on a downward energy spiral

Call to Action: Make Clothes Dryers More Energy-Efficient to Save Consumers Up to $4 Billion

Noah Horowitz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

While the exterior of clothes dryers have become more attractive, the insides are very much in need of a makeover.

Country's Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

From Climate Central's Bobby Magill: Dense, urban states — especially New York — and sprawling, energy-producing states stand out in newly-upda...

Smart Houses Help Reduce Energy Use and Save Money

Ilana Greene | Posted 02.18.2014 | Money
Ilana Greene

One way to reduce unnecessary energy costs is to invest in a few home automation upgrades.

Facing the Climate Crisis

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

If we are seriously concerned about planetary survival, and thus human survival, we need to reflect more deeply on our uncritical internalization of dominant values and worldview.

Computers and Appliances: Today's Home-Based Energy Hogs

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The Energy Information Administration is touting the fact that "heating and cooling" now comprise less than half of our residential energy usage. But that's only half the story.

CO2 Emissions for 2011

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Sobering numbers from the International Energy Agency. IEA's estimates for global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2011 are in. Draw your own conclusions.

Growth Isn't Going to Last Forever

Andrew Winston | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

Aside from tiny Bhutan and their pursuit of Gross National Happiness, every country bases economic policy on the pursuit of endless GDP growth. But nothing can grow forever, and thus national goals alike have a sizable blind spot.

Tampering With Time: Making The Most Of Precious Light

Donna Henes | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Light equals life. It is precious and we are loath to lose it. Not that the dark does not bring its own healing, life-enhancing atmosphere, but after the long pitch of winter, we are eager, anxious, impatient for more light. Nature knows that and obliges.

Climate Change, White Roofs, and Common Sense

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Of all the geoengineering ideas, the one often cited as the simplest, most obvious one, the one we should get started on right away is painting roofs white -- after all how can that not help? How indeed.

Confirmed: U.S. Emissions Up in 2010

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com, the blog by the dean of Duke's Nicholas SchoolWhether at Christmas time or in the heat of summer, nobody likes a lu...

Cloud Computing Is Greener

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Finding providers and partners that can take some of your energy-using operations to scale, and manage them in a shared capacity, is good for your footprint and your bottom line.

Barcelona's Street Lamps Waste No Light On Empty Streets (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In most cities, street lights stay on all night long, even if no one's around. One Barcelona neighborhood is getting around this power suck with an ef...

Mind-Control Machines

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

Hell, owner. My name is iCat, and it's my job to advise you on energy use. Use me once and you'll never want to leave me ever again.

California To Crack Down On Energy-Guzzling TVs?

latimes.com | Marc Lifsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Concerned that the growing popularity of big-screen televisions could make it harder for California to keep pace with electricity demand, state energy...

Cut Energy Spending -- That's An Order!

US News and World Report | Anna Mulrine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Today, the Air Force and Army, the Defense Department's two biggest energy consumers, are under strict orders to look into ways to become more earnes...

Killing Bloodthirsty Power Vampires For Christmas

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

It's Halloween, so lots of green-loving sites (and one very Big Box store, Best Buy) are taking on the so-called power vampires - those appliances in ...

A Message From Our Future Smart Appliance Overlords (VIDEO)

secure.avaaz.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A fridge from the future has told me that only I can save its future -- and the planet's. And it's not even 8 a.m. yet. Whew. What a way to start a Fr...

Daylight Savings Time Saves Money -- Or It Doesn't

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

U.S. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) issued a statement yesterday declaring that they've been "vindicated" for their 2005 legislati...

Bicilavadora: The Bike-Powered Laundry (VIDEO)

blogs.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Our friend Alyssa Danigelis over at Discovery recently found this great video of a bike-powered washing machine. It makes so much sense! I suppose tha...

Google Power Meter

Engadget | Ross Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The New York Times is reporting Google will announce a free web service tomorrow called PowerMeter that'll let users track energy consumption in their...

GOOGLE POWERMETER: A Googly Step Toward A Smarter Grid (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Google is dipping its toes in the very buzz-friendly waters of "smart grid" technology. Google.org, the philanthropic wing of the Internet giant, has ...

Green Your Fridge Before It's Too Late!

New York Times | JAY ROMANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Refrigerators and freezers come in all styles. Mr. Sachs said that each has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, he said, "a two-door, s...

Toilet Thermodynamics And Other Weird Stuff

Treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the game of thermostat chicken, Turboglacier is holding a lead. The blogger from Portland, Maine, has not yet turned on the heating. The "crackpot"...

Follow Austin's Example -- Cut Back On Energy And Save Big (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"Kilowatt Ours," an educational documentary on the climate crisis and how some people are combating it by cutting back on energy use, recently started...