California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

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California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

The potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting existing homes offers major incentives for future work.

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Smart Irrigation

Author: Tom Ash
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Water is pumped for miles, sometimes hundreds of miles, from its source to 90% of U.S. homes. This takes an enormous amount of energy; in California, it represents the single largest use of energy statewide. ... [continue reading]


Saving Water Indoors

Author: Peter Mayer
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June 01, 2007

In most U.S. cities, single-family homes make up the single largest source of demand for water. [continue reading]


Copper and Cast Iron

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May 06, 2007

Q I live in a 1920s Wardman row house in Washington, D.C. The house has a cast-iron radiator heating system. I hired a local contractor to do some bathroom renovations. It was necessary to ... [continue reading]


The California Solar Initiative

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March 20, 2007

For an increasing number of Californians, renewable energy is an obvious choice. Harnessing the earth’s own inexhaustible energy—whether from the sun, wind, biomass, or other renewable sources—can reduce dependence ... [continue reading]


Finding a Partnership Between Solar and Energy Efficiency

Author: Matt Golden
March 19, 2007

A San Francisco business takes a holistic and systematic approach to home energy conservation by coupling clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. [continue reading]


Suburban PV

Author: Elka Karl
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March 10, 2007

Solar PV is becoming an increasingly popular option for generating electricity in urban and suburban homes. Three years ago Niels Wolter of Madison, Wisconsin, installed a 1.3 kW PV system on his family’s three-bedroom ... [continue reading]

How To Effectively Market Energy Efficiency to Consumers

Kurt Jacobson

How To Effectively Market Energy Efficiency to Consumers

Most of us are aware that marketing greatly impacts the way consumers make decisions and ultimately make purchases or investments. ...

Balancing the Grid with Aloha

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Balancing the Grid with Aloha

Hawaii is notorious for leading the nation in aloha spirit—and solar power. Up to 53% of Hawaii’s ...

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