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Are There Health Concerns with LED Lighting?

April 22, 2012 0 Comments
Are There Health Concerns with LED Lighting?

Q: Are there health concerns with LED lighting, which may soon replace compact fluorescents as the green-friendly light bulb of choice? Indeed, LED (light emitting diode) lighting does seem to be the wave of the future right now, given the mercury content and light quality issues with the current king-of-the-hill of green bulbs, the compact […]

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No new Mining in the Grand Canyon

April 8, 2012 0 Comments
No new Mining in the Grand Canyon

Q: I understand that mining in the Grand Canyon and environs was banned. Why is that an important victory for the environment? Yes, in January 2012 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the federal government was prohibiting new mining claims for the next two decades across more than a million acres of public […]

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Options for Replacing 60 Watt Incandescent Bulbs

March 21, 2012 1 Comment
Options for Replacing 60 Watt Incandescent Bulbs

Chances are, you have a few 60 watt frosted incandescent light bulbs in your home – they are very commonly used in table and floor lamps. Here’s the thing: There are other light bulbs out there that last longer, consume less energy, and provide up to 95% of the light output. When you’re considering cost, […]

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A Collection of DIY Solar Heaters

March 7, 2012 1 Comment
A Collection of DIY Solar Heaters

In June of 2009 I published an article outlining how one of my DIY solar heaters was made and how it worked. It was a solar heater made from soda cans and an old window, which upon completion I used to heat up my garage a little bit. A few months later, my landlord in […]

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Saving Energy in a Log Home

February 20, 2012 2 Comments
Saving Energy in a Log Home

Log home dwellers are the envy of many. Few can think of an idea more relaxing than kicking back inside of a warm log cabin on a secluded mountain somewhere. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, log cabins also provide owners assurance that living in such a home reduces their carbon footprint on Earth. Estemerwalt […]

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Set-Top TV Boxes use Equivalent Energy Output of Six Coal-Fired Power Plants.

February 5, 2012 2 Comments
Set-Top TV Boxes use Equivalent Energy Output of Six Coal-Fired Power Plants.

Q: Is it true that cable and other pay TV boxes that sit atop television sets consume massive amounts of energy, in part because they are always on, even when the TV is off? We hear a lot about how much energy modern day flat screen TV sets consume, but the innocuous set-top boxes that […]

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