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Campaign urges shops to keep their doors closed

Campaign urges shops to keep their doors closed

  Graph credit: The Campaign to Stop High Street Heat Loss. By Anders Lorenzen Have you ever wondered when walking along a shopping street on a cold day, why shop after shop continues to have its doors open? Now a campaign has been launched to tackle precisely that. Simply named ‘Close the Shop Door’ the campaign is asking that the […]

In Madagascar, solar is vital to electrifying households

In Madagascar, solar is vital to electrifying households

  A village in Madagascar that has been electrified WeLight. Photo credit: WeLight. By Anders Lorenzen Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa, is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Last year we reported when parts of the country underwent a fatal and devastating drought. Now a solar company in the country, WeLight, has secured […]

What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power

What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power

This is the final article in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Electricity use is a major component of Americans’ ecological footprint, and different energy sources have very different environmental impacts. But we tend to pay less attention to electricity […]

What You Need To Know About Coal Power

What You Need To Know About Coal Power

This article is the fifth in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Electricity use is a major component of Americans’ ecological footprint. But we tend to pay it less attention than other areas, like recycling and plastic use, where it […]

What You Need To Know About Nuclear Power

What You Need To Know About Nuclear Power

This article is the fourth in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Electricity use is a major component of Americans’ ecological footprint. But we tend to pay it less attention than other areas, like recycling and plastic use, where it […]

What You Need To Know About Hydropower

What You Need To Know About Hydropower

This article is the third in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Even though electricity is a major component of our ecological footprint, we tend to ignore it in favor of recycling and consumer choices. It often seems like you can’t do much about the energy […]

What You Need To Know About Renewable Energy

What You Need To Know About Renewable Energy

This article is the second in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. After a century of growth — and destruction — powered by fossil fuels, most of us realize that we need to wean ourselves off this limited and polluting […]

Energy Wasters: Scare Away Those Vampire Loads

Energy Wasters: Scare Away Those Vampire Loads

Have you heard about the slow drain on your electricity from appliances, known as “vampire loads,” “phantom loads,” or “standby energy drain”? These are the oh-so-scary loads of electricity that our electronic devices and appliances suck out of outlets even when we don’t have them turned on. According to Energy.gov, as much as 10% of residential electricity usage is due […]