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Reducing Energy Use

Keeping Up (and Down) With the Joneses

Sam Sommers | Posted 08.05.2011 | Green
Sam Sommers

Doesn't it seem possible that finding out you use less energy than average would relieve pressure you might otherwise feel to cut back?

NYC Public School Students Participate in the Green Cup Challenge

Veronique Pittman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Veronique Pittman

New York is the first major city in which the entire public school system (that's 1,500 NYC public schools with 1.1 million students) has committed reducing their carbon footprint.

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...

Energy Usage Increases Despite Efficiency Efforts

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Electronic equipment, including cell phones, iPods, PCs, videogames, and plasma TVs have increased demand for residential energy use annually by 3.4 p...

Kill Your Fridge For A Month: Try Evaporative Cooling

Chelsea Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Project Time: Afternoon. Cost: Inexpensive ($5-50, depending on materials used). Energy Saved: High. Can be high if used to replace an electric refr...

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...

Teachers' Hunger Vs. Energy Savings In California Classrooms

Los Angeles Times | Raja Abdulrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Beside her desk in the rear corner sit a refrigerator and microwave that give her easy access to Lean Cuisines, water and the four colas she often dri...

Off-Grid Luxury: Hot Tubs, Blended Drinks And Computers

WebEcoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Going off-grid doesn't have to mean giving up luxuries like hot tubs, blended drinks, flat-screen televisions or electric razors. In fact, as proven b...

Carpet Your Fridge, Save Energy

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The refrigerator consumes about 8% of a home's electricity. It's is far and away the single most energy-intensive appliance. But it serves an importan...

Line-Drying Is Great -- Where It's Legal

Los Angeles Times | Alexandria Abramian Mott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It's not just the beige-on-approved-beige gated communities that often prohibit line-drying. Homeowner associations at retirement communities, mobile ...

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 ...

5 Easy Steps To Greener Cooking

Chelsea Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

There are many ways to decrease your carbon footprint by changing WHAT you cook for dinner: eat less meat, use local vegetables, grow your own, etc. B...

Plan Your Green Month In 4 Easy Steps

The Green Guide | Kate Hanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In this third installment in our series of small changes that add up to big results, we survey what you can do during the next month to gradually gree...

7 Best CFL Bulbs For The Green Shopper

Environmental Working Group | Sean Gray, Senior Analyst; Sonya Lunder, MPH EWG Senior Scientist; Elaine Shannon, Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Over its lifetime, a single CFL can save the consumer $80 or more, depending on local electric rates. But all CFL bulbs aren't equal. Some have lower...

GREEN ROOFS: All You Need To Know

The Carbon-Free Home | Stephen and Rebekah Hren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Plants can help us eliminate our use of fossil fuels in ways beyond providing us with local food. By incorporating vegetation into our landscape throu...

3 Green Buys With Good Return On Investment

thedailygreen.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Well, consider a few of these Green ROI calculations, courtesy of GreenandSave.com, and based on a ten-year performance period: 1. Programmable Thermo...

Greeener Lawnmowers: Lose The Gas!

Discovery News | Alyssa Danigelis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week the Environmental Protection Agency announced new, stricter pollution standards for lawn mowers, as well as weed trimmers and pleasure boats...

Purdue LED Breakthrough: Five Times As Efficient, Way Cheaper

Treehugger | Michael Graham Richard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Better, Cheaper LEDs The incandescent lightbulb that wastes 90% of the electricity as heat is dying, we all know that. But a new breakthrough in solid...

Stores To Be Fined For Leaving Doors Open, Air Conditioning Blasting

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Businesses in New York and other cities often leave their doors open in the summer with the air conditioning blasting. It can draw customers in out of...

When Oil Demand Falters, There Are Other Reasons For High Prices

AP | STEVENSON JACOBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Oil prices jumped back above $120 a barrel Thursday, halting a steep three-day slide after Kurdish rebels claimed responsibility for ...

Trimming Your PC's Wasteline: A Free Software Energy Diet

New York Times | Steve Lohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In its drive to go green, the technology industry has so far focused mainly on big targets like corporations and especially computer data centers, the...