Buttoning Up Your Home Before Winter’s Worst

This post was co-written by Michele Wright, a San Diego based freelance copywriter and brand representative who works with multiple clients and marketing companies. She’s been freelance writing for 3 years and has written articles on a variety of business, marketing and finance topics.  Now is the time. In fact, in many parts of the [...]

Where are the beautiful LED lighting fixtures?

Last week, I shared my experiences with new LED bulbs for my home (which provided an update to an old but well-read blog on LEDs from 2011). This week, I have a brief follow-up about one product that I do not see on the market: beautiful LED fixtures with integrated LED lighting. Think about it: [...]

Efficient LED Lighting: Three Years Later, Even Better

Three years ago, I shared my family’s experience with buying efficient LED lighting. Over the past several years, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report suggests that LED lighting has roughly tripled its market share. And based on my unscientific observation of shelf space at local hardware stores, LED lighting is capturing a lot of [...]

Insights on climate and energy from the newest Nobel Prize winner

Can it really have been three years since I opined at length through a series of blogs on the free market perspective on climate change? Yet here we are, struggling to work through the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of French economist Jean Tirole, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize [...]

Lung Association Report: Energy Efficiency Saves Lives in Southeast States

A new report from the American Lung Association, authored by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, School of Public Health at Boston University, and Syracuse University, shows that limiting carbon pollution from coal plants can save lives in the Southeast. Furthermore, accomplishing those limits by investing in energy efficiency maximizes benefits for families [...]

A Poem for the Florida Commission: Deny the Utilities’ Meager Goals

In Florida, land of the sun The utilities pulled a fast one. No efficiency tools Without swimming pools Low Income? You’ll end up with none.   With the RIM test used as a shield The utilities make a high yield Cross-subsidy hollers hide utility dollars But their motives can’t be concealed. For solar, they set [...]

A Baker’s Dozen of Ways to Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

While there’s no Friday the 13th this October, you can pick any – or all – of the items on these 13-point checklists during Energy Awareness Month to save energy (and money) at home, at work and on the road. Work your way through these lists and you’ll avoid some scary energy bills this winter [...]

Koch Empire Attacks Energy Efficiency

Right-wing organizations, many of which are connected to Charles and David Koch, have now turned to attacking the cheapest, most modular, reliable, and zero-carbon resource – energy efficiency. One would think that conservation is conservative, but they would have us think again. The Koch Empire, with its vested interest in fossil fuels and the energy [...]

Visit SACE on the National Solar Tour!

This weekend – on October 4-5 – the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) will participate in the 19th annual National Solar Tour. The event is organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and has occurred annually the first weekend of October since 1995. It is a grassroots effort that has grown to about 150,000 [...]

For Renewable Energy, The Future is Now

Solar photovoltaics, wind energy and solar thermal technology costs have all declined pretty substantially since Lazard’s analysis last year. Natural gas and energy efficiency costs have stayed the same, although to be fair, energy efficiency’s starting low cost of $0 per megawatt of energy saved is hard to beat. Meanwhile, coal, nuclear and integrated gasification combined cycle power costs continue to increase.