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Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources

Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources

This infographic depicts the two major categories of energy resources: nonrenewable and renewable.

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From Trash to Cash: Old Landfills Yield New Opportunities

From Trash to Cash: Old Landfills Yield New Opportunities

As resources become more expensive, America may start mining its landfills for raw materials.

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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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Solar plane takes off on historic cross-country trip

Solar plane takes off on historic cross-country trip

Lighter than an SUV and covered with more than 12,000 solar cells, Solar Impulse, the world's first solar plane that can fly day and night without recharging, launched from Moffet Field this morning in a cross country voyage.

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A Ribbon Cutting with a Green Twist

A Ribbon Cutting with a Green Twist

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, I hitched a ride with my closest friend from San Francisco out to Palo Alto to attend the ribbon cutting for the first public fast charger in California for electric vehicles in Stanford Mall.

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How To Wash That Energy Waste Right Out of Your Hair

How To Wash That Energy Waste Right Out of Your Hair

For an individual, switching to a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner could save more than 730 gallons of water a year and save about $4 in energy costs.

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Saving Daylight and Energy

Saving Daylight and Energy

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the little hand on the clock ticked backwards one hour and Daylight Saving Time ended—along with energy savings.

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What Makes Us Conserve Energy? 6 Lessons from the Smart Grid

What Makes Us Conserve Energy? 6 Lessons from the Smart Grid

Smart meters are providing consumers with hourly and daily energy use information. But does it inspire conservation?

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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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How Green is Biomass Energy?

How Green is Biomass Energy?

When you think of where energy comes from, you might picture a power plant or maybe wind mills. You probably wouldn't think of a pile of 12 tons of almond shells.

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From End to End on the Green Home Spectrum

From End to End on the Green Home Spectrum

This week I stopped by West Coast Green taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. It's an interactive conference focusing on innovation for the built environment.

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Berkeley Economist on Taking Economics Seriously In U.S. Energy Policy

Berkeley Economist on Taking Economics Seriously In U.S. Energy Policy

"We face a series of energy challenges," says economist, Severin Borenstein of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Read more on the QUEST Community Science Blog.

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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 for Energy Storage: The Holy Grail

Reporter's Notes for Energy Storage: The Holy Grail

Energy storage (through batteries) is something we use everyday in our cell phones and computers. So it may be a little surprising that when it comes to the electric grid, storing energy is something that's rarely done.

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Legalize Marijuana–Save Our Houses?

Legalize Marijuana–Save Our Houses?

Are high energy use and a rotting housing stock in the North more reasons to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for anyone?

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Solar Heats Up in S.F.

Solar Heats Up in S.F.

The solar industry has descended on the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco this week. QUEST Senior Radio Editor Andrea Kissack reports from the Intersolar North America Conference and Expo.

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Slowing Down PACE

Slowing Down PACE

The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) is being blocked for the time being by, of all things, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, holders of about half of the home mortgages in the country and a major player in the financial crisis that we are still recovering from.

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A Realistic Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps

A Realistic Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps

You can do just fine with a medium-efficiency furnace and burn much less fuel than you would with a high-end system—like a geothermal system—and a leaky house.

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