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Energy Saving Tips for a Warmer Home This Winter

Energy Saving Tips for a Warmer Home This Winter

Tips to make your home more cozy, energy efficient against winter’s chill Alabama News Center, December 2, 2015. Image credit: Paul Nicholson A crackling fire in the fireplace is warm and welcoming, but fireplaces can allow a lot of heated air to escape up the chimney. A fireplace designed to provide heat eliminates the problem through

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Urbanization, Efficiency, and New York City

Gita Subramony for Zondits, May 7, 2015. Image credit: tpsdave Discovery News recently posted a news item on a recent study that examined energy use across the world’s largest megacities. The study defined megacities as those with populations of 10 million or more. Though the article did not comment on the details of the study’s

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Mount Holyoke College Part of Innovative Energy Efficiency Project

Initiative Expected to Deliver More Than $580,000 in Lifetime Energy Savings to College Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, April 14, 2015 The nation’s oldest women’s college also happens to be one of the most energy conscious among private higher-education institutions. Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, is part of an innovative energy-efficiency project

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ORNL Building Tecnologies Could Cut Refrigerator Energy Use by 40%

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator ORNL, February 25, 2015 The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research and development agreement,


The Natural Refrigerant Set to Reduce Supermarket Energy Use

Bryan Kilgore for Zondits, March 13, 2015 Carbon dioxide refrigerant is being used in 200 Sainsbury’s grocery stores, replacing their old R-404A, hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant. This is not new, as many northern European supermarkets are switching away from HCF refrigerants. What makes this interesting is that the CO2 at these Sainsbury’s stores is created as


US Government Energy Consumption Lowest Level in Thirty Years

Energy consumption by U.S. government at lowest level since at least 1975 EIA, February 4, 2015 The U.S. federal government, with thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the United States and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but that consumption is declining. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal

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Increasing the PACE for Energy Efficiency Projects

Clayton: Setting the PACE for energy efficiency Contra Costa Times, January 28, 2015 The city may approve a Property Assessed Clean Energy program allowing homeowners to make energy-efficient home improvements that are financed as a property tax assessment instead of a regular loan. Homeowners could now take advantage of a program first offered to commercial


Energy Conservation Fueled by Social Pressure

The Smart, Angry Home The New Yorker, January 5, 2015 Buildings are energy hogs. They require heating and cooling; they churn out hot water; they are thick with light bulbs, microwaves, and refrigerators. In 2013, residential and commercial buildings accounted for forty per cent of all the energy consumed in the United States. Smart meters