energy conservation

How To Cool Your Home Without Cranking The AC

How To Cool Your Home Without Cranking The AC

My home is interesting (special?) in that we have central air conditioning on the first floor and window AC units in the upstairs bedrooms. What this means, practically speaking, is that we lose a lot of our cool first floor air up the stairs, where it is immediately swallowed up…

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles. By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable…

See the Cost of Your Energy Vampires

See the Cost of Your Energy Vampires

Good magazine has an interesting chart in their latest issue that details how much energy your vampire devices use, and how much it costs you to keep them plugged in. The guide differentiates between devices that are in “active” (ready to leap to life) and “passive” (just plugged in) standby…