StopWaste Has a New Tool to Reduce Your Home’s Energy Consumption this Winter

StopWaste Has a New Tool to Reduce Your Home's Energy Consumption this Winter

When the heater turns on and the holiday lights go up, energy bills rise. Fight creeping energy consumption, identify the biggest electricity and natural gas guzzlers, and see how you compare to average Alameda County households with a free online tool from StopWaste. The Home Energy Analyzer is designed to help renters and owners save… Read more »

UC Berkeley Reaches Climate Target – Two Years Ahead of Schedule

UC Berkeley Reaches Climate Target - Two Years Ahead of Schedule

Congratulations to UC Berkeley, whose campus sustainability leaders announced this month that they had successfully met their target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2014! As they completed their audit for 2012, they found that they are now 7% below 1990 levels. How did they do it? They attributed the reductions to… Read more »

LED Streetlights Will Pay for Themselves, Reduce City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

LED Streetlights Will Pay for Themselves, Reduce City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The City of Berkeley will be looking brighter, and lighter some carbon emission pounds, come January. The plan is to replace the old, yellow-hued sodium streetlights with bright, energy efficient LED lights. The 8,000 streetlights add up to a lot of energy used by the city, and cost savings on the energy bill are expected… Read more »

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 »

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 »