While the effects of climate change will affect us regardless of where we live, much of the debate has occurred in major cities: Washington, DC, New York, London, etc. Yet, for Truckee, California, the climate crisis has become a hot topic (no pun
The US Department of Energy announced on Tuesday that a project it funded had set a new world's record for solar cell efficiency. According to DOE's press release,...with DOE funding, a concentrator solar cell produced by Boeing-Spectrolab has recently
Many of the electricity conservation tips available in a Christian Science Monitor article from last Thursday will be old news to most Treehugger readers, as we've covered low-energy lighting, "phantom loads," and efficient home appliances regularly
Intel has announced that it has finished designing it's new chip codenamed "Penryn". Penryn's greater efficiency may attract IT managers who are complaining about electric bills. AMD got the message months back with its somewhat overhyped though
The second in a series of entries for Treehugger on converting an old apartment into an eco-friendly one. I left off last time explaining how I decided to replace my refrigerator. This post will cover how I joined my colleagues at UCS in reaping a
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time for some of us to start hanging those beautiful energy-wasting holiday lights. Before you rush out to string those cheap incandescent bulbs, think about replacing them with lightemitting diode (LED) strings.
Perhaps not all by itself, but, according to the Washington Post, the production of solar panels for homes and businesses has proven itself a job-creator. BP Solar, for instance, plans to double capacity in its Frederick, Maryland, plant, which will mean
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators in America have so far been used only for large-scale projects. They can heat and power entire neighborhoods or office complexes. And, in doing it, they are about three times more efficient that centralized fossil
Mitsubishi is releasing a new line of air conditioners called the ZW series. These new wall mounted AC units have a few innovations that could have them using up to 50% less power than today's average air conditioner. The first (and less interesting)
A week and half ago, we discussed the brouhaha that erupted over Whole Foods' and Renewable Choice Energy's new wind power cards. It turns out that battles over renewable energy credits aren't limited to the consumer market: according to Renewable Energy
We all know how good it feels to go out on the town in a new outfit, so why not show it off to your whole neighborhood? Line-drying your clothing not only saves money, but also decreases your yearly carbon emissions up to 350 pounds per person per year.
The first in a series of entries for Treehugger on converting an old apartment into an eco-friendly one. In September I bought my first apartment--an aging one bedroom unit that is primed for an eco-friendly makeover. As a novice at home remodeling, the
A few weeks ago, we took notice of General Motors' solar panels: GM doesn't own them, but provides roof space to the company that does, and then buys cheaper solar electricity through a "solar service system" model. Now, that opportunity is available to
It's obvious that the US Congress will take a new tact on energy policy, beginning January of 2007. The Washington Post gives us a glimpse of what's coming . " Energy issues will have to go through Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan (pictured),
You know how much we love Clif Bar. And when we read a blurb in the New York Times yesterday about their new Shot Bloks, we were definitely excited. Made, of course, from organic ingredients these new energy chews are perfect for excessive exercise.
With Election Day fast approaching, clean energy is a hot topic in the state of Washington. The Clean Energy Ballot Initiative (I-937) would require the state’s largest utilities to get 15% of their electricity from renewable resources by 2020, and to
It's a big holiday weekend in the US and Canada, with celebrations of independence and federation happening near and far. Here in TreeHugger nation, we like to celebrate Energy Independence Day as well. Here are some of our picks for celebrating