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  • New Data Center Technology Could Reduce Energy Demands

    The world is creating massive amounts of data at alarming rates. In fact, the amount of data that exists doubles every two years. If that doesn’t seem like a big deal, consider the fact that every piece of data currently must reside somewhere on a physical server, either within a data center or on a […] More

  • Save Money on Your Heating with these Easy Home Projects

    No time left to think about cold-weather energy efficiency projects: it’s time to get them done if you want to cut your heating costs. As in most years, doing nothing will cost you more: the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting residential electricity prices in the U.S. to rise 2.2% compared to the Winter of 2012-13. More

  • Five Ways to Keep Cool this Summer (and Keep the Energy Bill in Check)

    Despite news of melting ice caps and dying polar bears, the first instinct for most people in the hot summer months is to crank up the air conditioning. While reducing carbon footprints may seem like an impossibly grand task, there are ridiculously easy ways to save on home energy consumption, as well as your monthly bill. Here are five ways to save energy this summer More

  • Save Money and Resources with Natural Home Cooling

    Air conditioning is one of the most energy-intensive items we use around the home, particularly since we usually don’t actually need it to get by. Using natural cooling techniques in your home rather than constantly running the central A/C is one of the easiest ways to go green and save green. More

  • What is a Heat Pump?

    Heat pumps provide efficient, reliable methods of heating homes and buildings. Because they use much lower amounts of fossil fuels, they also help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions. More

  • Seattle Net-Zero Townhome Building a Tribute to Less-Sexy Tech

    We green techies types love our solar arrays and wind turbines. Sure, that love comes partially from their ability to harvest energy without burning or emitting anything… but the aesthetic appeal of these technologies also plays into it. When taking a look at the building above, you’re probably drawn immediately to the solar panels… and […] More

  • You Can Make Your Home Greener with Energy Efficient Appliances

    Time for a makeover? Make sure energy-efficient appliances are a part of the plan Does it bother you that you think your carbon footprint is too big? At the same time, are you paying more than you’d like for your utility bills? Well, fortunately, there’s an easy solution to both problems. Go green! One of […] More

  • Computer Energy Use: How Do You Keep It at a Sustainable Level (PPB #12)

    You might consider this guest post on keeping computer energy use down by Tony Sirna a bit ironic, as we’re all sitting around a table with our laptops plugged in. It’s actually especially important for us: since we’re running totally on battery power from the solar panels at this point, efficiency’s key… we don’t want […] More

  • Plan B 4.0 Book Byte: Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers

    By Lester R. Brown More and more utilities are beginning to realize that building large power plants just to handle peak daily and seasonal demand is a very costly way of managing an electricity system. Existing electricity grids are typically a patchwork of local grids that are simultaneously inefficient, wasteful, and dysfunctional in that they […] More

  • Chinese Bamboo Keyboard Manufacturer a Local Green Design Leader

    Jiangqiao Bamboo and Wood hails from China’s Jiangxi province, where bamboo resources are plentiful. Though the company began as a flooring company, they are now diversifying their production to include the latest in green design: bamboo keyboards. In recent years, bamboo – a rapidly regenerating material – has gained popularity as a sturdy, sustainable alternative […] More

  • SolveClimate: The Next 100 Days — Let's Launch a War Against Energy Waste

    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Friday, May 1, at SolveClimate. It is time for President Obama to mobilize us all to help build the new energy economy. He has begun shaping the public policies we need. Now he needs to launch an Apollo project, interstate highway project, war effort and Marshall Plan […] More

  • Taking Personal Responsibility for Climate Change

    This weekend, I went to a gathering of 50 people interested in advocating for clean energy in the United States. I rode my bike there. At least a dozen people commented on what a “good girl” I was for doing so. We poured ourselves coffee and tea into paper cups. We ate our potluck lunch […] More

  • Building a "Green Economy": A New Revolution in China?

    A “green economy” can be built in China in less than 20 years, argues a new McKinsey report. The new study, “China’s Green Revolution“, offers the most comprehensive quantitative analysis to date of China’s abatement cost curve. Previous studies of a similar ilk, like the Stern Review, have incorporated social benefits to partially offset the […] More

  • Low Impact Living: Spend $100 on Green Upgrades, Save $500

    Don’t have $25,000 lying around for a new solar system, you say? Longing to go a darker shade of green but don’t have an extra $1000 for a tankless water heater? We know the feeling! There are so many things you can do to make your home and life more eco-friendly that are FREE (for […] More

  • Low Impact Living: 10 Ways to Cut Home Energy Consumption

    Editor’s note: Our friends at Low Impact Living point out 10 ways you can save energy this summer. This post was originally published on June 10th, 2008. The heat of summer is coming, and that means many of us are about to crank up the AC, make an extra batch of ice, and generally burn […] More

  • Wal-Mart's "Company of the Future": Some Final Thoughts

    Warning: long(ish) post ahead… It’s been almost two weeks since I traveled to Kansas City for Wal-Mart’s Year-Beginning Meeting, so that’s probably more than enough time to think about the broad implications of CEO Lee Scott’s “Company of the Future” speech, and the plans outlined for energy efficiency and supply chain sustainability. In that time, […] More

  • Wal-Mart's "Company of the Future": Energy

    In October 2005, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott gave a speech entitled “Twenty-First Century Leadership.” Part idealistic vision, part concrete blueprint, the speech made all of us in the green community stand up and take another look at the company. Regardless of one’s thoughts about Wal-Mart as a corporate citizen, all had to admit that Scott […] More

  • Clean Energy Round-Up

    Coinciding with the Bali talks on climate change, there has been all sorts of renewable energy and global warming news cropping up. Here are a few I’ve come across lately: New Zealand may ban fossil fuels. A bill introduced in the NZ Parliament last week would ban new power plants if they burned fossil fuels. […] More