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Energy Cool possibilities at EcoBuild 2011

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments

 Trade show spaces often have interesting surprises and value at conferences. Currently on through tomorrow in Washington, DC, EcoBuild America’s trade show has been the source of intriguing leads and items every time I’ve visited. (Note, I was told that this is free to visit if all you wish to do is go to the [...]

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Tags: Energy · building green · eco-friendly · energy cool · energy efficiency

Line dry clothing: an “uncivilized” energy smart choice?

September 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Amid their enthusiastic embrace of western consumer technologies, increasingly affluent Chinese are leaving one appliance behind: clothes dryers.  According to Washington Post front-page reporting,
For reasons practical as well as cultural, most Chinese consumers simply don’t like clothes dryers. Don’t want them. Don’t trust them. Won’t buy them. And even when they have [...]

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Tags: China · Energy · Washington Post · clothing · eco-friendly · environmental

Solar Cooking at the Farmers Market

June 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

If embraced, solar cooking has the potential for providing a meaningful Silver BB in the fight to mitigate climate change, in the struggle to reduce health damage from polluting cooking (such as wood or coal burning in inadequately vented homes), and aiding economic strengthening for some of the world’s poorest people (reducing costs (both monetary [...]

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Tags: Energy · eco-friendly · energy smart · environmental · green

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 [...]

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

Energy COOL: Searching for the Perfect Flush

November 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating … exciting … even hope inspiring at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are truly Energy COOL.
Humanity has treated natural resources as boundless. [...]

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Tags: Energy · eco-friendly · energy cool · energy efficiency · environmental · water

Making an ICON-ic statement about a better tomorrow?

October 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments

The University of Minnesota’s Solar Decathlon team’s handout to visitors to the DOE Solar Decathlon, which opens Thursday on the Mall in Washington, DC, (which I had a chance to visit earlier today) is subtitled “A New Tradition”. Their ICON Solar House hopefully is just that, a representation and sign of “a new tradition” [...]

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Tags: Energy · Solar Energy · eco-friendly · energy cool · solar · solar decathlon

A sign of progress: LED bulbs hitting the stores

March 15th, 2009 · Comments Off

Every day, I strive to Make Energy CENTS from the Home to the Globe. Whether programming the thermostat to low temperatures overnight to providing comments on national energy policy drafts to opening discussions as to Energy COOL technologies and concepts, my efforts to Energize America to a prosperous, climate friendly future cross a broad [...]

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Tags: Energy · eco-friendly · electricity · emissions · energy efficiency

Stimulate me

January 1st, 2009 · 10 Comments

Stimulate
Etymology: From Latin stimulatus past participle of stimul? (“goad on”) .
Verb: to stimulate: To encourage into action. To arouse an organism to functional activity.
Synonyms: encourage, induce, provoke, animate, arouse, energize, energise, excite, perk up
Antonyms: de-energize, sedate, stifle
For eight long years, this nation has been de-energized, had productive advancing of the economy stifled, and good [...]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · Global Warming · Obama Administration · alternative energy · analysis · architecture · architecture2030 · building green · eco-friendly · energy efficiency · government energy policy · green

Feedback systems: key to a better energy future?

December 8th, 2008 · 4 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 [...]

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Tags: Energy · eco-friendly · electricity · energy efficiency

Biking breaks = Offsetting carbon emissions?

September 9th, 2008 · Comments Off

Carbon offsets are something that trouble me, with the analogy to medieval indulgences clearly seeming relevant for at least some who embrace them.  On the other hand, Energy’s Three Rs make much sense to me:

Reduce energy use (through efficiency and conservation)
Use Renewable Power as much as possible
Remediate for any remaining polluting energy use

Remediation can take [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · bicycles · eco-friendly · electricity · emissions · energy efficiency · environmental · green · incandescent lighting