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Microgrids: Electricity Goes Local

Microgrids: Electricity Goes Local

Microgrids, which can connect to the main grid but also have their own, independent energy supply, increase energy efficiency and keep expensive power outages from spreading.

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The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

Retrofitting the “skin” of an older building can save energy and money. Climb inside one company’s test chamber with QUEST Ohio to find out more.

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QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

Tour a solar energy farm, investigate fracking, and explore new energy-efficient home designs in this television episode.

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Who Gets the Cash for Energy Upgrades from Prop 39?

Who Gets the Cash for Energy Upgrades from Prop 39?

In November, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 39, closing a corporate tax loophole and using the savings to create the largest state energy efficiency initiative in the country. Now the debate over how to use the money begins.

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Energy-Saving Windows Get Smarter

Energy-Saving Windows Get Smarter

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the country’s energy use. So, researchers are trying improve our energy efficiency by making windows dynamic and intelligent.

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In a Sea of Energy Data, Utilities Try to Inspire Conservation

In a Sea of Energy Data, Utilities Try to Inspire Conservation

Smart meters are providing California households with their hourly and daily energy use information for the first time. Consumers use less electricity, studies have shown, when they can see that data. But getting them to pay attention to energy in the first place may be the biggest hurdle.

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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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