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A small investment produces huge savings on your electric bill

October 9th, 2007 · Comments Off on A small investment produces huge savings on your electric bill

My September electric bill arrived the other day and I was interested in comparing my energy savings after swapping 60 and 100-watt light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL), as recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Our progress in migrating to solar and wind energy is moving slower than expected. The CFL […]

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Tags: Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Home Energy Economics · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

The DOE’s Change a Light, Change the World campaign misses the bigger point.

October 4th, 2007 · Comments Off on The DOE’s Change a Light, Change the World campaign misses the bigger point.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is quite correct in suggesting that if every household in the U.S. substituted a 100-watt standard light bulb for a Compact Fluorescent Light bulb (CFL), it would eliminate an amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent to one million automobiles. However, it is the bigger picture that matters, – motor […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Efficiency · Global Warming · Oil Energy · Transportation Energy Economics

With choices like Biodiesel and Ethanol, what’s the best fuel for your vehicle?

October 3rd, 2007 · Comments Off on With choices like Biodiesel and Ethanol, what’s the best fuel for your vehicle?

With the rapid growth in vehicle use around the world, it would be nice to know what are the most efficiency, economic, and least carbon emitting fuels. The number of motor vehicles on the road is increasing rapidly. The number of cars and trucks in China is up over 3,600 percent in the last thirty […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Biodiesel Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Cells · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Energy · Specific Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Research at Caltech may provide clues to improving solar cell efficiency

September 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Research at Caltech may provide clues to improving solar cell efficiency

With rising energy prices and growing concern over global warming, will advances in solar and alternative energies enable the development of affordable and efficient energy solutions. Caltech research on the energy conversion process may offer some insight. Energy conversion, ways of converting sunlight to electric and chemical energy, offers promising advancements to make solar and […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrogen Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Home Heating Concerns

September 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Home Heating Concerns

With oil prices over $80 per barrel, the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association in its press release today Record Home Heating Prices for Heating is expecting the average home heating cost for the ’08-’08 season to rise 9.9%. For homeowners using oil heat, heating costs are expected to increase 28% and for homes using propane, […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Energy

Hostage to Oil

September 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Without greater investment into solar and hydrogen energies, we are held hostage to rising oil prices. Alternative energies such as solar and hydrogen fuel cells offer tremendous potential to provide energy independence and energy security. The dependence of the U.S. upon imported foreign oil raises inflation, weakens our currency, exacerbates the trade deficit, and forces […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wood Energy

Solar Energy: The Security Perspective

September 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Energy: The Security Perspective

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s $23.6 Billion Spending Plan for FY’07 calls for $1.5 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where spending includes $28 million in solar, $16 million for thin-film photovoltaic manufacturing equipment to reduce the cost of solar panels, $23 million for researching ethanol, and $100 million for […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Ethanol: Benefits and Issues

September 6th, 2007 · Comments Off on Ethanol: Benefits and Issues

There are several studies evaluating ethanol as fuel for transportation that offer both positive and negative impacts from ethanol. On the positive side there is less CO2 emitted from ethanol than conventional hydrocarbon fuels, domestic producers gain economic value from employment and purchasing power, and there is less dependence on foreign oil. Other studies have […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics

How vulnerable are we to energy shocks?

September 4th, 2007 · Comments Off on How vulnerable are we to energy shocks?

The second category 5 hurricane to hit Caribbean in two weeks leaves uncertainty in the energy market as oil prices head higher. While it is hard to draw the direct correlation between global warming and hurricanes strength, the fact is the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 32% of our total oil […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

How to measure fuel efficiency, energy costs, and carbon emissions for home heating

August 27th, 2007 · 7 Comments

To measure the efficiency of conventional hydrocarbon fuels, we need a common measure of energy. The Kilowatt-Hours (KWH), the billing quantity of electric usage, serves as a useful measure of energy because we can equate KWH to engine horsepower performance, heat energy of a fuel, and compare energy costs on a common level. KWH can […]

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Tags: Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Wood Energy