User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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6 Quick and Easy Ways to Go Green 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Going green at home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are many ways to improve efficiency without spending a fortune. Here are some quick and easy ways to increase energy efficiency while decreasing your monthly utility bills: #1 Perform a home energy audit. Perform an energy audit to identify all of the energy-wasting areas in your home. You can hire a home energy auditor for about $220 to $530 . An auditor will usually find more than one way to save energy in your home, saving you as much as 30 percent or more on your monthly utility bill. The savings add up quickly whether you decide to invest in some or all of the recommended changes. Photo courtesy of Electrical Plus, LLC in West Chester, PA #2 Upgrade your light bulbs. Switching out your light bulbs with their CFL or LED alternatives is another low-cost way to save energy. CFLs convert most of the energy they use. Altogether, they use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer. You will save about $90 over the lifetime of every ...
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New Report Shatters Myth of 'Nuclear Renaissance' 17.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New Frontier for Energy Efficiency Emerges in Small Buildings 22.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Jim Lindberg, Senior Director, Preservation Green Lab , National Trust for Historic Preservation Small business owners work hard to keep the lights on, so they often don't have time to think about the opportunity to strengthen their bottom line through energy efficiency improvements in their building. That's why the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is working with a national team of experts to test a program for pinpointing long-term energy cost savings in existing buildings. The America Saves program is using energy and building data to demonstrate the benefits of money- and energy-saving facility improvements. Marge Anderson, executive vice president of Seventhwave , a leading energy nonprofit, and I recently spoke about America Saves and the challenges and opportunities that exist for enhancing energy efficiency in small buildings across the country. Here is a portion of that conversation: Lindberg: Small buildings of less than 50,000 square feet represent 95 ...
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Future of Nova Scotia's energy efficiency is on the line 15.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, June 15, 2015 The future of Nova Scotia's quest for energy efficiency, its status as Canada's leading jurisdiction in that regard, and the wisdom of the Liberal government on energy matters will be on trial before the Utilities and Review Board this coming week, as the board deals with a demand by Nova Scotia Power Inc. to slash efficiency programs by nearly half. You'll remember that Efficiency Nova Scotia, an independent, non-profit energy conservation utility, was funded by a charge on your power bill, which aggravated many. Nova Scotia's quest for energy efficiency, along with the wisdom of the Liberal government on energy matters, will be on trial before the Utilities and Review Board this coming ...
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How the Transition to Renewable Energy Could Come 15.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While I do not believe that a carbon tax is practical or feasible and do not believe it is the "solution" to the problem of global warming, I do believe the transition to renewable energy is practical, feasible and necessary. We need to address the problem of global warming and to do that we need to gradually replace fossil fuels with other forms of energy. Energy is an indispensible ingredient of modern economic life, and the long-term future for fossil fuels is greater expense and greater environmental damage. So if a true price for fossil fuels won't stimulate the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy, what will? I am counting on human ingenuity and technological innovation. But, if I am dismissing higher fossil fuel cost as a way to stimulate innovation, what will stimulate the development and implementation of new energy technology? To address that question I look to the technological innovations I have seen in my lifetime and ask: How did they come about? I also look to the current reductions in ...
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A Carbon Tax is Not Feasible or Practical 8.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a prominent editorial this past Sunday, the New York Times once again advocated the adoption of a carbon tax. While the theory of a carbon tax makes perfect sense, its lack of practicality makes it the unicorn of energy politics. It is an imaginary creature of elegance and beauty that has little chance of walking the earth. It is true that greenhouse gas regulations and gasoline taxes are forms of carbon taxes and, as the Times reports, British Columbia has a carbon tax. But the space between the carbon tax as a policy idea and the reality of American politics is too vast to overcome. For better or worse, here in America we are in a period of tax policy paralysis that is unlikely to be surmounted anytime soon. If it is, it will be because the Republicans have achieved control of both the presidency and Congress--and the agenda will be to cut taxes, not to establish new ones. In my view, the focus of climate policy should not be to raise the price of fossil fuels, but to lower the price of renewable ...
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Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap 3.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Global energy consumption is on a path to grow 30–50 percent over the next 25 years, bringing with it, in many countries, increased local air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and oil consumption, as well as higher energy prices. Energy-efficient technologies offer considerable promise for reducing the costs and environmental damages associated with energy use, but these technologies appear not to be used by consumers and businesses to the degree that would apparently be justified, even on the basis of their own (private) financial net benefits. For some thirty years, there have been discussions and debates about this phenomenon among researchers and others in academia, government, non-profits, and private industry, typically couched in terms of potential explanations of the so-called " energy efficiency gap " or " energy paradox ." Thinking About the Energy-Efficiency Gap I wrote about this some two years ago at this blog ( Thinking About the Energy-Efficiency Gap) . I noted then that ...
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Energy Efficiency in the Digital Age: A Win-Win 2.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Three billion personal computers in use today consume more than 1% of energy production, and 30 million computer servers use an added 1.5% of global electricity generation. And it's not just computers using all of this power. The explosion of smartphones, tablets and the other digitally enabled devices - the so called "Internet of Things" - is causing all of those numbers to escalate. By 2020, the estimate is that there will be 50 billion connected devices - about seven devices for every person on the planet today - that are forecasted to consume 14% of global electricity generation. So, with this large and growing power demand, is the digital revolution helping or hurting efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses? A panel discussion at the recent Boston College Corporate Citizenship Conference dug into this question. The panel featured Sam Naffziger, Corporate and IEEE Fellow from AMD; Dr. Neal Elliott at ACEEE; Chris Lloyd of Verizon; and Dr. Michael Webber from the University of Texas. Titled "The ...
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China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables 28.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
[Tangshanpeng Wind Farm/Land Rover Our Planet] China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility. The reforms were wide-ranging and introduced a number of different topics, including improving efficiency in the power sector, assisting efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and removing conflicting incentives in power generation, all changes that NRDC has been advocating for years. The first document, issued by China's State Council, sets forth general guidelines for power sector reform in China. It's the first major State Council document on power sector reform since 2002, but these latest reforms take a stronger stance on environmental protection than past policy changes . The document emphasizes the ...
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How to Scale Energy Efficiency Initiatives 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
2015 - an important year for climate action 2015 represents a crucial juncture for global climate governance. This year, signatories to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet at the climate summit in Paris to negotiate a legally binding and universal agreement to keep global warming below two degrees. In addition, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - agreed by 189 United Nations member states in 2000 to address global poverty, hunger, disease, education, gender inequality and environmental sustainability - expire in 2015. Following and expanding on the MDGs, a new set of universal goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be adopted by the UN members in September. From January 2016 until end of 2030 the member states of the United Nations are expected to frame their agendas around those goals. Up to now, the improvement of global living standards has been targeted by the MDGs mainly through the transfer of relevant technologies (e.g. electrification, telecommunications, ...
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EPA Coal Rules Could Save Thousands of Lives Per Year: Study 5.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Energy Efficiency in Bloom 29.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Each Spring, our environment transforms as bare tree branches sprout new buds that blossom into a refreshing palette of color that replaces the muted tones of winter. While this year's peak bloom has come and gone in many cities, a different blossoming occurred this past week that befits business owners, building operators, and city leaders across the country. Transformation is underway in our built environment--and last week there were three developments of note. First, last Monday, Atlanta became the first major Southeast city to adopt an energy efficiency policy that focuses on tackling building energy use and waste through measures such as benchmarking, transparency, and energy audits. Second, the unanimous City Council approval of Atlanta's Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance was followed by Portland, Oregon's City Council unanimously approving an Energy Performance Reporting Policy for buildings over 20,000 square feet. This is not a situation where two events are just a coincidence. ...
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6 Eco-Friendly Tips For The Home 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors By: Anne Reagan, Editor-In-Chief of Porch.com Earth Day celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and looking back over the past 45 years and what we know now about climate change, sustainability, energy efficiency and how our actions impact our planet is alarming but also empowering. We now understand that what we choose to purchase or produce, or what we choose to use or waste, can have a direct impact to the health of our planet as well as the health of our bodies and surrounding environment. Nowhere is this extraordinary potential seen more than in the decisions we make with our homes, and particularly with home improvement. Even a small DIY project like painting a wall gives us the opportunity to choose a product that doesn't negatively impact our health or our environment. And when it comes to major home remodeling or improvement projects, homeowners have a wide array of choices that can ultimately make a positive, rather than a negative, impact on the environment. As we ...
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ACTIVATES INNOVATIVE, GREEN WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM IN CAMPUS BUILDING 20.4.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
Washington, DC. – April 16, 2015 – The University of Michigan will continue its on-going efforts to operate its facilities in the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable fashion by demonstrating the use a cooling water treatment product recently approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The innovative emulsion is expected to eliminate the need to use more toxic chemicals and improve the energy efficiency of the systems treated. The project is under way at the Palmer Commons building on the Central Campus and will continue throughout the remainder of the year.
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Amid Calls To Divest, Schools Explore Green Revolving Funds 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While only 22 U.S. colleges and universities have actually agreed to sell their shares in oil and coal companies, more than 50 have committed themselves to efficiency projects on campus through a special financing method called green revolving funds, including Harvard University. At Harvard this week, students, alumni and faculty have occupied administrative buildings, calling for the university to cut investments in the fossil fuel industry. Protesters are questioning how the world's wealthiest university invests its $36 billion endowment. Climate activist Wen Stephenson is among those camping out, hoping to draw attention to climate change and the extraction of fossil fuels. "If we are serious about the climate catastrophe that is upon us, then that oil and gas has to stay in the ground," Stephenson shouted during a rally in front of Massachusetts Hall. At the same time, there's a quieter movement gaining steam, one that's focused instead on taking spaces like Harvard's Northwest Lab Building and ...
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New National Report Underscores Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Energy to People of Color and Low-Income Communities 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an important new report, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide , that refutes highly misleading fossil fuel claims about clean energy policies and communities of color. The report also calls attention to the large potential benefits of clean energy to fixed- and low-income individuals, including: well-paying jobs in the clean energy industry; lower energy costs through energy efficiency; better health and lower health care costs due to reduced fossil fuel pollution; and greater reliability in terms of power prices. Renewables create jobs; Department of Energy Engineer at Work. There are a myriad of negative health impacts dirty energy imposes on low-income communities and communities of color. As the report , Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People, by the NAACP, Indigenous Environmental Network and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, also shows, “overall, a small number of coal power plants have a disproportionately large ...
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Bridging the Clean Energy Divide 8.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When you live on a fixed income, reducing monthly electricity bills can make a big difference in your daily life. Lower energy costs mean more money for food, health care and other important parts of raising a family. A new study, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide , released by NRDC found that clean energy solutions like efficient appliances and wind and solar power are already helping seniors on fixed-incomes and low income families save money and make their homes safer, more comfortable places to live. The report also confirms that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will spread these benefits to millions of Americans. The plan calls for cutting carbon pollution from power plants, a leading contributor to climate change. And it shows how this can be done through energy efficiency and renewable energy. The EPA expects electricity bills to drop by 8 percent as a result. NRDC analysis shows that with stronger standards, residential and business customers could save a total of $37.4 ...
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The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy 23.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a quiet and low-key move last week, President Obama took what may turn out to be one of the most significant steps he has ever taken to reduce greenhouse emissions. As reported by Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the New York Times , the president signed an executive order directing: ...federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent. This move is wholly within the president's power as the nation's chief executive and will have a significant impact on the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy goods and services. The federal government is the nation's largest organization. It employs more people and buys more goods and services than anyone else. It is also a powerful role model for the private sector. As Ms. Davis observes: ...because the federal government is the largest user of energy in the United States economy -- ...
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A Word to States: Question Senator McConnell's Climate Advice 20.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Future home to the first solar project ever approved by the PSC in Senator McConnell's home state. Photo courtesy of Daniel Boyd. Written by Sarah Saylor, Senior Legislative Representative for Earthjustice The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan is a turning point for our nation in tackling climate change. Its goal? Cut climate-altering carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The plan gives states the flexibility to achieve pollution cuts in a variety of ways by switching to less carbon-intensive sources, using more renewable energy like wind and solar and improving energy efficiency. However, owing to a misinformation campaign by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY ) -- who recently used debunked industry claims in advising states to forgo developing their own implementation plans -- there seems to be some unnecessary confusion about what states, including his home state of Kentucky, have to gain by crafting their own plans. First, Inhofe's snowball, now McConnell's ...
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How to improve energy efficiency while cooking 19.3.2015 TreeHugger
Picking the right cooking method and tools for the job can reduce the amount of wasted energy, while saving you money.
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