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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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New Standards for Light Bulb Efficiency Start in 2012

December 26, 2011 1 Comment
New Standards for Light Bulb Efficiency Start in 2012

Q: What do I need to know about the new U.S. energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that take effect in January 2012? Will certain bulbs be unavailable? And am I supposed to switch out my older inefficient bulbs with newer efficient ones? Indeed, January 2012 marks the beginning of a planned phase-out of inefficient […]

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