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Network-Connected Electronics Wasted the Equivalent of 133 Coal Plants Last Year

July 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Device Electricity Waste

Last year, there was a missed opportunity to save the amount of energy produced by 133 mid-size coal-fired power plants. And it did not involve adjusting thermostats or turning off lights. Instead, the 400 terawatt-hours of wasted energy globally were sucked up by network-enabled devices.[read more]

Diagnosing 'Broken' Buildings to Make them Greener

June 24, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Diagnosing Buildings

The co-founders of MIT spinout KGS Buildings have an important saying: “All buildings are broken.” The energy that is wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.[read more]

Microbes Chow Down on Latest Fuel-Cell Tech

May 31, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Microbes and Fuel-Cell Innovation

You can very quickly run out of fingers and toes in counting the myriad ways we waste energy. Take the inefficiency of our sewage systems, for example: The energetic content of wastewater is about 10 times the amount of energy it takes to process it.[read more]

Warm Weather Ways to Cut Energy, Water, and Fuel Costs

May 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Summer Energy Savings

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to begin thinking about ways to save energy and water this summer in order to produce real, measurable benefits for you and the planet -- as well as help take stress off the power grid and prevent blackouts.[read more]

A New Way to Harness Waste Heat

May 22, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Saving Waste Heat

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on thermoelectric devices.[read more]

10 US Cities Plan Coordinated Attack on Building Energy Waste

February 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

If building efficiency were an indicator of success in sports, we could likely declare a winner in this week's Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver. As one of the top five most efficient cities in the country, Seattle takes the crown. But other cities aren't waiting on the sidelines.[read more]

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy and Waste Problems

January 3, 2014 by Tina Casey

Giant Eggs Solve Problems

Cities are takers: taking in energy and resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that dominate New York City’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant, and you’re looking at a sustainable future.[read more]

Vampire Slaying and More: NRDC's Halloween Energy Survival Guide

October 30, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Along with being a fun holiday for tricks and treats, Halloween is an opportune time to shine a ghostly light on the evil energy vampires lurking in our homes. By these we mean those ghoulish fangs, also known as plugs in the wall, sucking frightening amounts of electricity all night (and day) long.[read more]

New York: Green Before It Was Cool, and Still Finding New Ways to Cut Waste

October 26, 2013 by Peter Lehner

New York City and Waste

I’ve been very privileged to work on behalf of New York’s environment for decades. I was recently asked to assess, a year in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, how we’re doing in terms of building a more sustainable, resilient region.[read more]

Cutting Energy Waste By Running Buildings Better

October 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Inefficiency

Most people know that upgrading light fixtures and windows can reduce energy waste in office buildings, but even the experts may be surprised to learn just how much energy can be saved by simply running our existing office buildings better.[read more]

New Building Energy Code Would Cut Home Energy Waste 20 Percent

September 11, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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Suppose you’re in the market for a new home. Many factors enter into your decision, but if you’re a smart buyer, you’ll consider not only the obvious factors like the purchase price of the house, but the cost of maintaining it, including utility bills.[read more]