Get Energy Smart! NOW!

Blogging for a sustainable energy future.

Get Energy Smart!  NOW! header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'conservation'

Citizens Against Government Waste Promotes Wasteful Citizenry

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the precepts from the right-wing sound machine (RWSM) is horror at government standard setting that leads to an improved marketplace. Whether seatbelts for cars or speed limits or building standards or …, there is little to no problem finding screaming voices letting us know how this is a fundamental invasion of individual rights [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: 2008 Presidential Election · 2012 Presidential Election · Congress · Energy · conservation · energy efficiency · lighting · politics

Clean Energy Jobs Conserve and Create

December 1st, 2009 · 4 Comments

This guest post comes from Tim Lange (Meteor Blades), who was a founding (board) member of Energize America. This is posted as part of a serious looking at clean energy jobs‘ opportunities for sparking meaningful employment, quickly, in the United States as discussed in Clean Energy Jobs: Stimulate Me
At the Jobs Summit coming up Thursday, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energize America · Energy · clean energy jobs · conservation

Energy Bookshelf: A Super Ten more worth your time and money than Freaked-out Freakonomics

November 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sad-to-say, the air waves and oped pages and blog posts have been filled with Steven Levitt’s and Steven Dubner’s shallow, truthiness-laden Superfreakonomics.   The continued attention feeds on itself, as ignoring the deceptions and the mediocre interviews booked due to the authors’ Super(freaky)star status has the problem of giving it credence due to non-truthful truthiness [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · Global Warming · building green · carbon dioxide · catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · conservation · eco-friendly · energy bookshelf · environmental · global warming deniers

The power of “And” …

July 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Our challenges, opportunities, and solution paths are complex and interrelated. Yet, all too often, we see them individually, not linked and interacting.
To Timbuk3’s My New High Efficiency Toilet, dfarrah commented
I don’t have low flow shower heads, but I rinse up, turn off the water, lather up, then rinse quickly. I think this works [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · conservation · energy efficiency

The Power of a “No Regrets Strategy”

April 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the most promising, yet also most frustrating, aspects of dealing with Climate Change is how the noise (the static) of the debate makes it difficult for the majority of people to understand the power of the “No Regrets” strategy opportunity and promise.
The concept of a “No Regrets” strategy has been around for decades. [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · catastrophic climate change · conservation · energy efficiency · energy smart · government energy policy · politics

Feedback systems … a key to a better energy future?

November 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Having a readout on miles per gallon gets most drivers to drive better, in ways that increase safety and reduce fuel usage. With minimal additional cost, these feedback systems can help to improve fleet fuel efficiency through fostering changed behavior by the users (the drivers). This is an impact that better car design, hybrid [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · conservation · electricity · energy cool · energy efficiency

Politics and Gas Prices

June 13th, 2008 · 10 Comments

It is ever so tempting to scream “GAS PRICES” and call for lowered gas prices if you are a candidate challenging for Congress or elsewhere. Ever so tempting to pander to (quite real) concerns about skyrocketing prices with counterproductive calls for cutting gasoline prices. These, however, fly in the face of the realities of Peak [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · Uncategorized · conservation · emissions · energy efficiency · fuel economy · political symbols · politics · pollution · transportation

Greening the School House

June 13th, 2008 · 21 Comments

Last month, to far (FAR) less attention than it merited, the House of Representatives (facing an Administration veto threat) passed the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act with $20 billion for greening public schools across the nation.
Taking aggressive action to green schools is about one of the smartest steps the nation can take, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · Global Warming · analysis · architecture · architecture2030 · building green · business practice · cities · clean emissions · conservation · democrats · emissions · energy efficiency · green · greenwashing

Send friends to Energy Smart Austin

June 12th, 2008 · Comments Off

Austin, Texas, is a leader in the United States on paths toward a more energy smart future.  MSN called it the “Greenest City in America.”  IT has smart growth policies, has a focus on plug-in vehicles, wind power, and … well, many things.  
Yearly Kos 1 was in a center of conspicious consumption: Las Vegas. [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · Uncategorized · cities · conservation · electricity · energy efficiency · waste · water

Making Climate Policy Economically Profitable

June 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Reality deniers are hard at work, with $100s of millions supporting them, arguing that doing something about global warming would be disastrous for the economy. Let us be clear: THIS IS FALSE! Smart climate policy will, even within traditional economic definitions, pay off for the economy. But, in fact, there are a multitude of payoffs [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Energy · Global Warming · Uncategorized · analysis · business practice · cap and trade · climate change · conservation · electricity · emissions · energy efficiency · environmental · environmental justice