Tag Archives: Energy

Putting Energy Subsidies in Context

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Putting Energy Subsidies in Context

Recently, I came across an editorial for an online magazine in which the author took umbrage with the disparity in the amount of federal subsidies provided for renewable energy compared to fossil fuels. The author cited this recent study by the Environmental Law Institute, a nonpartisan research and policy organization. The ELI study concluded that between 2002 and 2008 federal subsidies provided for renewable energy topped off at $29.0 billion; while those provided for fossil fuels amounted to $72.5 billion….

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Home Energy Monitors are Worth the Investment

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Home Energy Monitors are Worth the Investment

Back in October of 2009, I blogged about a promising new partnership between Google and The Energy Detective (or TED). At last, a homeowner could monitor their house’s energy consumption in real time using a laptop or mobile phone. While it was hard to justify the $225 dollar investment to my wife, I convinced her that a TED 5000 would at least educate us about our energy use patterns, if not make us more conscientious about our personal energy consumption…..

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Study: Growing Focus on Energy Efficiency in 2011

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Study: Growing Focus on Energy Efficiency in 2011

According to a new white paper published by Pike Research, energy efficiency will become a growing focus in the building design and construction industry in 2011. Despite a global recession that has correlated into a lack of new construction projects, energy efficient retrofits continued to grow this past year and a multitude of factors will continue to influence the direction of building efficiency efforts domestically and internationally. Amidst a complex mix of contributing factors, Pike Research cataloged the various influences….

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Is Technology Making Us More Energy Efficient?

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Is Technology Making Us More Energy Efficient?

Recently, the creative folks at GOOD and Oliver Munday collaborated to visually interpret statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Engineering regarding our nation’s workforce productivity (that is, unit of output per hour) coinciding with the emergence of various technologies like fiber optics, the worldwide web, and notebook computers. In general, the data suggests that technology has indeed made us significantly more productive over the last 50 years. This information got me thinking. Has technology also….

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