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Your Computer Wastes More Energy Than You Thought

Your Computer Wastes More Energy Than You Thought

Conservation: Studies commissioned by the state of California show that idle computers waste a whole lot more energy than we suspect.
Rooftop Solar Leads to Cheaper Bills in More Ways Than You Thought

Rooftop Solar Leads to Cheaper Bills in More Ways Than You Thought

Conservation: Every once in a while a study reveals something new that makes perfect sense when you think about it. A recent example: a survey conducted by researchers for the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy found that California homeowners who've shelled out for rooftop solar panels are far more likely to be interested in energy conservation.
In Bay Area, Obama Announces New Solar, Conservation Programs

In Bay Area, Obama Announces New Solar, Conservation Programs

Solar: In Mountain View Friday, Barack Obama announced a set of new executive actions the White House will be taking to promote the domestic solar industry and energy conservation programs. They include spending an additional $2 billion to make federal buildings more energy-efficient, providing funding for solar job training programs at community colleges across the country, and a campaign to put solar on tens of thousands more homes, including low-income housing.
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Californians Asked to Save Energy Due to Bitter Cold Back East

Californians Asked to Save Energy Due to Bitter Cold Back East

The Grid: The bitter cold that's locked down much of the United States is having an effect even in relatively warm California: demand for natural gas for heating and extra power back east is cutting supplies to Southern California gas-fired power plants.
Know What's Cool in L.A.? Roofs

Know What's Cool in L.A.? Roofs

Conservation: A new amendment to Los Angeles' building codes now requires all new residential roofs to reflect more sunlight, a move that should help the city reduce the effects of global warming.
This Amazingly Simple Gadget Can Solve Our Energy Woes. And It's Already in Your Home

This Amazingly Simple Gadget Can Solve Our Energy Woes. And It's Already in Your Home

Conservation: This gizmo could shrink our climate footprint without endangering wildlife, penalizing struggling ratepayers or requiring new, massive, and expensive infrastructure. In fact, widespread use of this technology could actually save the typical Californian a significant amount of money.
Study: L.A. County Could Power Half of California With Rooftop Solar

Study: L.A. County Could Power Half of California With Rooftop Solar

Photovoltaic (PV): Putting solar panels on suitable undeveloped rooftop space in L.A. County could create about half of the electrical power California needs on a typical summer day, and developing just five percent of that rooftop capacity would generate almost 30,000 jobs.
San Francisco Most Energy-Efficient California City

San Francisco Most Energy-Efficient California City

Conservation: San Francisco is the most energy-efficient city in the state, according to a new ranking by a national energy efficiency advocacy group. But the rest of California's cities didn't do so well in the ranking.
Report: Saving Water Saves Energy, And Vice Versa

Report: Saving Water Saves Energy, And Vice Versa

Conservation: Leaving your hot water running for five minutes can use as much energy as operating a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours.
Americans Waste or Lose Two-Thirds of Energy, Finds Study

Americans Waste or Lose Two-Thirds of Energy, Finds Study

Conservation: The Lawrence Livermore Lab says 61 percent of the energy generated in the United States is ultimately wasted.
Wind Industry Wildlife Biologist Fined in Unlawful Eagle Handling

Wind Industry Wildlife Biologist Fined in Unlawful Eagle Handling

Conservation: A southern California wildlife biologist sentenced today for handling eagles without a license may have performed similar tasks for wind power companies while he was unlicensed, ReWire has learned. John David Bittner, who runs the Ramona-based Wildlife Research Institute, pled guilty to violations of the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) in April.
Federal Housing Agency Gets in the Way of Rooftop Solar

Federal Housing Agency Gets in the Way of Rooftop Solar

Conservation: A Tuesday announcement in Sacramento, however, shows that the program can still work for energy efficiency upgrades at commercial properties.
L.A. Replaces Thousands of Street Lights with LEDs

L.A. Replaces Thousands of Street Lights with LEDs

Conservation: The project, which was four years in the making, was officially completed earlier this month -- slashing carbon emissions by 47,583 metric tons.
Fill Your Fridge To Save Energy (and Money), And 7 Other Tips

Fill Your Fridge To Save Energy (and Money), And 7 Other Tips

Conservation: Friday is the first day of summer, and summer is when Californians tend to use the most energy to keep those air conditioners chugging along. With that in mind, the California Energy Commission is offering a few handy tips for those of us looking to trim down our electricity use so that there's more to go around. And they include stocking up on refrigerated goodies.
Choosing the Right Roofing Material Could Save You Money and Help the Environment

Choosing the Right Roofing Material Could Save You Money and Help the Environment

Conservation: Summer sunshine can raise the roof's temperature by a startling amount, and that heats the interior of the building, leading to more energy use for climate control. There are solutions.
Why Do LED Lights 'Droop'?

Why Do LED Lights 'Droop'?

Conservation: LEDs' light output tends to "droop" when high amounts of electrical current are run through them, though, which is an obstacle to their wider use. A recent study has uncovered the reason, raising hopes of circumventing the problem.
LED Holiday Lights Save Energy

LED Holiday Lights Save Energy

Conservation: If you're going to put strings of lights on your tree, and elsewhere in your house, the new generation of LED decorative lights is a much more energy efficient way of adding holiday sparkle to your surroundings. And they're safer to boot.
Save Energy and Don't Trash That Can

Save Energy and Don't Trash That Can

Conservation: One of the most energy-intensive things we encounter in a typical day is the common aluminum can.
Bill Would Make Energy Efficiency Cheaper, Easier

Bill Would Make Energy Efficiency Cheaper, Easier

Conservation: Want to reduce your energy use, but can't afford the upgrades? A bill just introduced in the State Senate may offer you a solution.
Growth in Power Demand Slowing Nationwide

Growth in Power Demand Slowing Nationwide

Conservation: The United States is starting to curb its appetite for electricity.
Report: California Businesses Saving Money, the Planet

Report: California Businesses Saving Money, the Planet

Conservation: Businesses can save money by doing the right thing for the climate, according to a new report.
Study: California Could Replace San Onofre Nuke With Renewables

Study: California Could Replace San Onofre Nuke With Renewables

Policy: A study by a renowned alternative energy thinktank holds that California could replace San Onofre by conserving energy and increasing rooftop solar.
It's Back To School Time For Energy Efficiency Program

It's Back To School Time For Energy Efficiency Program

Conservation: California K-12 schools have a chance to beef up their energy efficiency with help from the state.
California Second-Most Energy Efficient State

California Second-Most Energy Efficient State

Conservation: Of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, only Massachusetts does a better job of conserving energy than California.
Saving Energy by Keeping The Sky Dark

Saving Energy by Keeping The Sky Dark

Conservation: We can have lower power bills and dark skies without fancy new technology.
Can Efficient Lighting Be More Cost-Effective Than Building New Generation?

Can Efficient Lighting Be More Cost-Effective Than Building New Generation?

Conservation: Some kinds of energy conservation are far cheaper per watt than new renewables.
Three California Cities Go For Better Lighting

Three California Cities Go For Better Lighting

Conservation: Three small California cities make a big contribution to energy conservation.