Energy Conservation

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Bill Moyers on People Power and the Keystone XL

http://youtu.be/u7n5FokvQeU “‘People Power’ behind him” is what made it possible for President Obama to veto the Keystone XL pipeline, according to Bills Moyers on Bill Maher’s HBO talkshow. And this backs up what we here on Planetsave have been promoting for a long time now — direct action and people power. Bill Moyers is one […]

January 27th

American Bicyclists Celebrate Spontaneity with New Urban Forms of an Old Love

A recent story that celebrates spontaneity, cycling, urban wanderlust, and the wonderful wave of sustainable bike-sharing programs is a welcome happiness to all of us wanting more biking freedoms. From an article found on the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) website: “Bike sharing is like a big advertisement for bicycling,” says Darren Buck, a Virginia Tech (VT) student. “Folks walking by […]

January 17th

5 Organizations Teaching Students about Conservation

  Curriculum in U.S. schools is often a contentious topic, with various interest groups battling over what material is “right” or “useful” for the nation’s children, and concepts like conservation often get lost in the shuffle. Conservation knowledge is good to have and wise to impart no matter what the political climate or attitude toward […]

January 16th

Timber Frame Homes are Energy Efficient Homes

  Timber frame houses have a very long history, dating back to Neolithic times and continuing all the way through the present. The craft has been refined over that time, but the principles are the same — using felled trees to their fullest potential to create homes that are durable, economical, sustainable, and beautiful. Unlike […]

January 6th

GOP Pisses Off Light Bulb Industry

  This is last week’s news, a bit, but it’s something I’ve been meaning to cover more and haven’t gotten to. So, here’s a quickie on it: The GOP, in the name of “freedom” tried to kill lightbulb standards established and signed into law under George W. Bush (somewhat sucessfully). The GOP framed it as […]

December 23rd

Avoid Heat Loss & Save Money! (Infographic)

A friend of ours and occasional contributor here on Planetsave shared this infographic below with us this week. It’s on home heat loss,.. as you can see. Check it out and save some money by plugging those leaks and containing that heat (CLICK TO ENLARGE)! Infographic via air & water

December 16th

Current Extremism and it's Toll on the Environment

A few weeks ago we were sorely reminded of the extremism of the majority of the current Republican candidates. Among many other alarming things said, Republicans suggested eliminating or privatizing: FEMA, NASA, the EPA, the Federal Labor Relations Board, Medicaid and food stamps. Herman Cain promised not to appoint any Muslims who want to kill Americans to his cabinet. Michele Bachmann supports states’ rights on gay marriage, but also supports a constitutional amendment outlawing it. Rick Santorum wants to “a system of discipline” to “punish” gay soldiers, which suggests that his problem with pornographic Google results is not likely to abate. Tim Pawlenty views Iraq as “one of the shiniest examples of success in the Middle East.”

September 20th

How to Green your Community

I have spent hours researching how to turn my community green. I suppose I’m a little too anxious to create change. I went directly for who I should contact locally for changing laws and such. Again, I was reminded that all things take time. One of the first things pretty much every site said about community change was that you should form a group. And it’s true, there is great strength in numbers, so here’s how to go about it.

September 18th

13-Year-Old Creates Breakthrough Solar Technology.. Then Gets Debunked (+ Top Green Living Stories)

One of the biggest green living stories of the past several days is one of a a 13-year-old, Aidan Dwyer, who reportedly created and filed a patent for a groundbreaking, super energy-efficient solar panel array setup based on the Fibonacci sequence of some tree branches. The system was supposedly 20% more efficient than traditional, flat solar panel arrays, in general, and 50% more efficient in winter.

August 24th

Google Cooling its Finland Data Center with Sea Water {VIDEO}

This is pretty cool. You can get much of the story from the video above. But, in summary, by pumping sea water through an existing sea water tunnel (that was put in place by the paper mill that used to live there). The Hamina, Finland site was acquired in 2009 and, from the beginning, Google’s team was very excited about using the unique features of the site to design a more eco-friendly data center — that’s what makes Google great (one of the things).

Northeast Cap & Trade Program Gets Continued Support/Membership of 3 States

I had been worried about two or three states pulling out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”), the nation’s first cap and trade program for greenhouse gases, for awhile. It seemed 99.9% sure that New Hampshire would pull out after its House of Representatives voted to pull out of the initiative and its Senate had a clear Republican majority likely to do the same. Even if the Governor tried to veto such a decision, he could be overridden.

Energy Use per Hour {Infographic}

Ever wonder how much energy is used by your different major appliances or electronics? Or how much energy all such appliances and electronics in the U.S. use? Here’s some info on that for four big ones: TVs, computers, clothes dryers, and refrigerators.

Before checking it out, try to guess how much each of these use in an hour — see how close you come!

May 17th

How Bad Ideas Keep Rebounding Into Public Discourse: The Rebound Effect and Its Refutation

I covered the rebound effect here on Planetsave a couple times a couple months ago. The common argument of rebound effect enthusiasts is that energy efficiency actually increases energy use. Sound hard to believe? Yeah, that’s because it’s not true. Anyway, NRDC’s David Goldstein, Sierra Martinez, and Robin Roy delved into this topic in more depth recently and I’m reposting a great article by David Goldstein on their new report below.