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The low-carbon diet: One family’s effort to shrink carbon consumption

Part 2: A Little Research Goes a Long Way (see Part 1: Epiphany from up high: Can a suburban family live sustainably?) Tracking down an energy auditor on the cusp of the 2010 deadline for energy efficiency rebates proved tricky. Yet on a frigid morning in early January, David Pocklington and Shane Matteson of Energy [...]

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A Look At Our (Mostly) Independent Energy Future

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In my last post, I described how the past eight US presidents pledged to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. None have succeeded yet… but by the time President Obama leaves office, oil imports will be lower than when he arrived, but as I previously explained, it’s not all because of his administration.* Now let’s [...]

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Sealing leaky homes could save Americans $33 billion a year

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Americans can shave nearly 4% off their total energy consumption through weatherization measures.

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Photo Friday: Using solar to save natural gas

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This summer, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are testing technology that could help reduce fuel consumption by 20-25% in natural gas power plants. This technology uses natural gas + sunlight to create syngas. More specifically, the heat from a concentrating solar power (CSP) system to break the chemical [...]

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DOE FY13 Budget Unveiled – National Security (Nuclear) on Top

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Today, President Obama unveiled his $3.8 trillion 2013 budget proposal for the federal government. According to Mark Z. Barabak at the LA Times, this budget “is, at its hear, a political document, laying out [the President’s] priorities and, not incidentally, reflecting the strategy he plans to pursue in his reelection bid.” In the energy sphere, [...]

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Buildings are sexy, too

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In terms of basic human needs, shelter comes in right after food, air, and sleep. Over years of human development, buildings have become some of mankind’s greatest achievements. A look at the skyline of any major city showcases centuries of technological advancements and creativity. Yet, the impacts of buildings on the environment and our resources [...]

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Solar at Home

May cool heads prevail: How to save on air conditioning

Editor’s Note: Scientific American’s George Musser will be chronicling his experiences installing solar panels and taking other steps to save energy in 60-Second Solar. Read his introduction here and see all posts here. This year, I’ve been spared the annual ritual of lugging the window air conditioners out of the closet. Not only has it [...]

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Solar at Home

Before we began: A home energy audit, infrared scan and all

Editor’s Note: Scientific American‘s George Musser will be chronicling his experiences installing solar panels in 60-Second Solar. Read his introduction here and see all posts here. Last fall, before we decided to go solar, my wife and I had done a fair amount of work on weatherstripping and insulating and had reached a decision point [...]

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