What are the real differences between incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs? Are the latter two really cheaper in the long run? A new infographic spells out the differences.
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My family and I live an ecological lifestyle on one part-time income. To me, living out my values means living simply, living debt free, and living in a way that honors the earth. The primary way I do this is through frugality. The same skills and values that allow me to be resourceful with money also allow me to be a good steward of natural resources.
ENERGY STAR is celebrating 20 years of empowering Americans to save energy with its “Change the World” campaign. Take a look at how you can share your own efforts to use energy more efficiently with others.
Consumer electronics and small appliances are responsible for 30 percent of household electricity use. Keep your electricity bill in check by following these nine tips from ENERGY STAR.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to build a fire. But that doesn’t mean they are all equal: the top-down fire (or upside down fire) is perhaps the most efficient and cleanest way to build a fire.
Wool is one of the best natural insulators — think of how precious that favorite wool sweater of yours is, or those toasty wool socks you can’t leave home without on a cold winter day. Well, the benefits of wool extend to keeping your house comfortable, too — it is a fantastic, highly insulative, and energy-efficient material that is a superior material for saving on home heating and cooling expenses.
Heating with wood provides a range of benefits: from sustainability (with proper wood harvesting) to a great source of exercise.
UPDATE (2/3/12): NEEA has wrapped up their Going Ductless campaign, and drawn a name for the cash prize. Ross Daniel of Seattle will no doubt have a good weekend, as he’s the winner of the $10,000 grand prize. He’s also a big fan of ductless heating systems, which we describe in more detail below… It’s […]
Scrap tires have been a disposal menace for decades: the EPA notes that “There are at least 275 million scrap tires in stockpiles in the U.S.,” and in 2003 (the last year for which there are figures, I assume), approximately 290 million scrap tires were generated.” Yeah, that’s a lot of tires. State and local governments […]
Our inefficient, carbon-based energy economy threatens to irreversibly disrupt the Earth’s climate. Averting dangerous climate change and the resultant crop-shrinking heat waves, more destructive storms, accelerated sea level rise, and waves of climate refugees means cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2020. The first key component of the Earth Policy Institute’s climate stabilization plan is […]
Where are the main opportunities for increased energy efficiency? Buildings and transportation are probably the first things that come to mind. But, according to global energy services giant ABB, electric motors (particularly for industrial use) account for 45% of world energy consumption. They also present some of the best opportunities for energy savings: with existing […]
Thinking about doing some renovations around the house to make it more energy efficient? Increase insulation levels? Put in more efficient windows? Maybe even install a white roof? All of these things will help… but if you live in a car-oriented suburb, it turns out there may be one action you can take that will […]
A Little Label Distrust Could Make You a Better Consumer: Going Beyond Certifications to Choose an Eco-friendly Air Conditioner or Heater
Does anyone besides me see a contradiction in terms in the phrases “eco-friendly products” and “eco-friendly consumer?” Of course, there are times when we all need to shop for certain items. But sometimes I think that the main reason for the plethora of green certifications and standards for consumers is to give us permission – […]