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L.E.D. There Be Light

L.E.D. There Be Light

Paying less for more: how energy-efficient LED bulbs outshine the competition while saving you money.

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How CFLs Got Their Bad Rap

How CFLs Got Their Bad Rap

CFLs — maligned for their industrial color and low-quality manufacturing — deserve better.

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Goodbye to the Lightbulb We All Know and Love

Goodbye to the Lightbulb We All Know and Love

What’s killing the familiar bulb is an act of Congress that mandated efficiency standards that incandescents cannot meet.

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How toxic is a busted compact florescent bulb?

How toxic is a busted compact florescent bulb?

Which is worse for you, a can of tuna or a broken CFL bulb? Sorry, Charlie…

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Top Energy (and Money) Saving Thermostat Tactics

Top Energy (and Money) Saving Thermostat Tactics

The Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others recommend that we set our thermostats at 68°F in the winter and F in the summer. Some people are comfortable at home with these temperatures and some or not. So how can we save energy and still be comfortable?

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Me and CFLs Haven't Parted Ways Just Yet

Me and CFLs Haven't Parted Ways Just Yet

Some readers may have noted that I declared my allegiance to light-emitting diodes LEDs, in a recent blog, since they are potentially much more energy efficient than CFLs. But we'll have to live with CFLs until LEDs become more cost effective…

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Saving Energy in a Hurry

Saving Energy in a Hurry

Yeah Alaska! Yeah Brazil! Yeah California? The people of Juneau saved electricity in a hurry– when electricity went to 55 cents per kilowatt-hourIn Juneau, Alaska, an avalanche on April 16th downed transmission lines and cut off the city from it's cheap source of hydroelectric power; electricity prices jumped by 500%. Alan Meier-a scientist at Lawrence […]

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Building to Beat Climate Change and Save Energy

Building to Beat Climate Change and Save Energy

Low winter light over the town of Iqaluit, the capitol of Nunavut,Canada. Photo by Bill Semple, architect and senior researcher at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.I recently heard Tom Friedman, the New York Times columnist, speak at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab about his soon to be published new book, Green: The New Red, White […]

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