energy efficiency

Choosing a Low-Energy Sustainable Router

Many of the appliances, devices, and gadgets in our home …

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Tips for Saving Energy With Your Mobile Phone

Many of us are addicted to our mobile phones. We …

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How to Cut Your Summer Energy Bills

Do you dread opening your summer electric bills? If you’re …

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Greenest Insulation Products for the Home

Pliny the Elder was the first to write that home …

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Universities Commit to Billion Dollar Energy Efficiency Challenge

The rapidly falling costs of solar and the rapid growth of clean energy are causing ripples of excitement in an otherwise depressed economy. But we should not forget that old adage that the cheapest energy is almost always the energy you don’t use. T…

Experimental Zero Carbon Development is Antithesis of Eco-bling (Video)

Image credit: SSE Zero Carbon Homes

Lloyd has railed against “eco-bling” in the past, also known as the practice of strapping on solar panels or other sexy clean tech onto fundamentally unsustainable homes or communities. But, when done right, solar …

Permaculture Video Legend to Trash CFLs. Needs Your Help. (Video)

Image credit: Paul Wheaton/Kickstarter

I’ve confessed before that I am a little obsessed with Paul Wheaton’s permaculture-themed YouTube channel. From rocket mass stoves through tiny houses to

Are Carbon Offsets Irrelevant? Maybe They Always Were…

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When I wrote about the new UK Carbon Reporting Framework which connects potential project funders with CO2-cutting initiatives, I noted that they were not calling it offsets. I…

Best Buy to Offer Home Energy Tools — Finally!

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The next time you’re in a Best Buy, you might be able to pick up a home energy monitor or other tool for saving electricity use at home. And if you’re having a new electronic installed or repaired in your home b…

Ask Pablo: Paper or Plastic? Spending Cash vs Credit Cards

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Dear Pablo: Is it more sustainable to use cash or credit cards to pay for transactions?

The correlation between consumerism and environmental impact goes without saying but aside from …