What You Can Do to Conserve Energy and Save Money at Home

  Photo via Pixabay by Alexas_Fotos Energy conservation is an important endeavor.  Many of our current sources of energy are nonrenewable and will not last forever.  It is wise for all of us to consider ways to conserve energy within our own homes to help the environment, save natural resources, and save money in the […]

Adventures in Reducing our Carbon Footprin

by Brian Durham My girlfriend McKinley and I have been working on making our home as energy efficient as possible for the past two years.  We’ve found a few things that have worked well for us and hope to share some knowledge here, as well as a few nerdy spreadsheets.  I’d love to hear any […]

Inexpensive Ways to Improve Home Energy Efficiency

by Paul Denkin, Improving energy efficiency has become a key part of home ownership. Certain energy-efficient devices in a home can bring tax breaks as well as significantly lower utility costs. Of course, swapping out all of your appliances for Energy Star alternatives would put a serious dent in your bank account. Instead, you might […]

Being mindful of energy use

by Julianna Pianelli, EPC Student in 425.601 Principles of Energy Technology I try to certainly be mindful of my energy use now. However, when I was younger I didn’t have a concept of what electricity was or just how expensive it can be. I would leave the lights on, television running and air conditioning blasting […]

An examination of voluntary green power programs at U.S. utilities using behavioral science principles

EPC student, has published an article on voluntary green power programs in the ‘Electricity Journal’: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040619016300239

Individual Energy Savings – Easy enough!

  Individual Energy Savings – Easy enough!   There are dozens of ways in which a single consumer can save energy. There are direct and indirect ways, and they take place across all areas of a person’s life. I will first focus on the home, as buildings consume 40% of U.S. primary energy, including 72% […]

You Owe Me a Nickel

  When I was a kid living at home, my dad charged me a nickel every time I left a room without turning the light off. Usually this entailed me going to ask my mother for a nickel, because I never had any. She’d sigh and say, “You left a light on again, didn’t you?” […]