One Trend to Tout: As Population Climbs, US Energy Use is Going Down

One Trend to Tout: As Population Climbs, US Energy Use is Going Down
Energy efficiency is paying off, with energy consumption decreasing every year since 2007, even as our population continues to grow. A new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council is optimistically titled “America’s (Amazingly) Good Energy News” and was cause for a big thumbs up on Grist. Here’s the recap: “America’s energy use peaked… Read more »

Tell the EPA: Support Strong Standards for Power Plant Emissions

Tell the EPA: Support Strong Standards for Power Plant Emissions
Let’s help government to get it right. This time, they are making good progress- but your message of support for them to stay the course will help that progress become law. This is a message from the Union of Concerned Scientists, urging you to support the EPA in setting new, strong standards under the Clean… Read more »

Your Neighbors’ Negawatts Are the Key to Saving Energy

Your Neighbors' Negawatts Are the Key to Saving Energy
Energy saved is more valuable than energy generated, even from renewable sources. That’s because energy saving by cutting demand often costs less than adding renewable energy. Every watt saved also has more impact, because for all the energy we generate, less than half is actually used – the rest gets lost as heat or inefficiencies… Read more »

Myths and Truths About Going Solar, Presented by Transition Berkeley, 8/21/13

Myths and Truths About Going Solar, Presented by Transition Berkeley, 8/21/13
Is now a good time to go solar? There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to the decision to invest in solar panels on your residential roof top. Transition Berkeley is hosting a panel of experts to discuss and clear up common questions surrounding the deployment of solar technology for residential use. Questions… Read more »

Climate Change Will Bring More, Bigger Wildfires to Western U.S.

Climate Change Will Bring More, Bigger Wildfires to Western U.S.
One of the impacts of climate change is increasing wildfires, which in turn affects air quality. In late July, a Spare the Air day alert was issued in the Bay Area because of fires in Oregon. Check out the Union of Concerned Scientists’s great infographic explaining the increase in wildfires. [Photo by Bureau of Land… Read more »