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Resolving Clouds in Climate Change Models

Resolving Clouds in Climate Change Models

As supercomputers grow, so does their energy appetite. Researchers are trying to solve that problem by using a smaller, more pervasive technology.

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Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

As supercomputers grow, so does their energy appetite. Researchers are trying to solve that problem by using a smaller, more pervasive technology.

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Cool Roofs

Cool Roofs

As global average temperature increases, the Arctic becomes warmer, the snow melts, and seawater takes its place. Snow is a great reflector of invisible light; seawater isn’t.

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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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Five Environmental Resolutions for the New Year

Five Environmental Resolutions for the New Year

I’m kind of a sucker for New Year’s resolutions. Here are my environmental resolutions for 2011.

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Leslie Gets Weatherized–You Can Too!

Leslie Gets Weatherized–You Can Too!

An Associate Editor at Home Energy Magazine has her home weatherized for free via PG&E's CARE and Energy Partners Programs.

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Home Energy Efficiency is All About Location, Location, Location

Home Energy Efficiency is All About Location, Location, Location

While government tax incentives and rebates are important, it is up to local governments, retailers, and large and small home performance companies to sell energy efficiency. And every location and every homeowner is different, with different values and needs.

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Is the Climate Right for Efficiency in China?

Is the Climate Right for Efficiency in China?

Notes from Asilomar: The 15th Biannual Summer Study, Energy Use In Buildings, of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (August 15–20, 2010).

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Sunday Plenary – Efficiency is the Centerpiece: Where are We Going?

Sunday Plenary – Efficiency is the Centerpiece: Where are We Going?

Notes from Asilomar: The 15th Biannual Summer Study, Energy Use In Buildings, of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (August 15–20, 2010).

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Reporter's Notes: The Godfather of Green

Reporter's Notes: The Godfather of Green

My head is swimming with energy efficiency facts after producing this week's QUEST radio piece on efficiency guru Art Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld is retiring, stepping down after two terms on the California Energy Commission.

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Solar Decathlon 2009

Solar Decathlon 2009

I'm used to seeing some unusual things on the Mall in Washington, DC—our nations backyard—but was quite impressed by the 20 solar powered homes arrayed there last Saturday.

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Postpone that Home Depot trip, Household appliances are getting a makeover

Postpone that Home Depot trip, Household appliances are getting a makeover

This is old news to many of the folks at California Energy Commission , who have pushed for such changes for decades. But the real news is that these aren't just recommendations anymore. They're policy, or soon will be.

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Get a Dog and Save the Planet

Get a Dog and Save the Planet

Are pets, and dogs in particular, a step in the right direction in the battle against global warming and the fight for energy security? Is Underdog more than a cartoon?

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2 Top Kitchen Appliance Energy Myths De-bunked

2 Top Kitchen Appliance Energy Myths De-bunked

Should you wave goodbye to your old microwave? Who's more energy efficient with the dishes– you or your dishwasher?

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Turning Lemons Into Energy Efficient Homes

Turning Lemons Into Energy Efficient Homes

While new housing is stalled in the United States, there is lots of funding-in the billions of dollars-on the way for weatherization, residential energy efficiency, and renewable energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Reporter's Notes: Let's Weatherize!

Reporter's Notes: Let's Weatherize!

Since people seem to nod off a bit when I say I'm working on a story about energy efficiency, I've had to re-tool my pitch. "It's a story about how installing solar panels or a wind turbine is the last thing you should do to green your house," I say, perhaps a little over-dramatically.

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Have the Energy Munchies? Curb your "Snackwell Effect"

Have the Energy Munchies? Curb your "Snackwell Effect"

Stanley Jevons first described this conundrum in 1865, when he observed that new efficient steam engines decreased coal consumption, which led to a drop in coal prices. But the lower prices meant that more people could afford to use coal, and so coal consumption increased.

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Watts In Your Kitchen?

Watts In Your Kitchen?

Do you know how to spot hidden energy guzzlers in your house? You can compare your home energy use over time and spot those peaks and valleys that indicate something is wrong, or something is right.

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Plant a Tree, Invent the Future

Plant a Tree, Invent the Future

We planted several young trees at our home in October. I feel good that those new trees are sucking carbon out of the air as we speak. But a recent talk at Berkeley Labs, where Home Energy's offices are located, made me think much bigger.

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The Most Efficient Home Is One That's Built Already

The Most Efficient Home Is One That's Built Already

Making new homes more efficient is not enough. To solve our energy and environmental problems, we have to make our existing homes much more efficient.

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