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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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Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

Fuel economy is not as straight-forward as you might think. Image courtesy: fragallo

Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you might expect, and eventually trail off with diminishing returns. Last week, a friend pointed out a good blog post by Nicholas Chase and the Energy Information [...]

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Battleship Barcelona: When Child-Like Simplicity Saves the Day

Barcelona's new bus system is based on its century-old grid pattern streets. Copyright: Tali Trigg.

I am one of those people who always thought Barcelona would be my favorite city in the world. I visited several times, and though the weather, design, and food leave you wanting little else, there was always something about the sheer number of tourists (besides myself) and traffic that put me off the whole experience. [...]

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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

Credit: iStockphoto.com/BanksPhotos

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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