residential energy use

Chill Out! Keeping Cool at Home with Energy Efficiency in Mind

Fans, air conditioners, sitting in the shade - there are lots of ways to stay cool on hot days. Many options for cooling, like air conditioning, require energy. Let's take a closer look at air conditioning, its efficiency and a few alternative cooling options.

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

Passive House: High Performance Houses for a Warmer Future

Imagine you're building a home. What if you could design it so your electric bill was next to nothing, but the home would cost you 10 percent more upfront? Would it be worth it to you? For Jennifer and Sloan Ritchie, residents of Seattle's first certified Passive House, the answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 1)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Whether you're an old hand at ninja energy efficiency tactics or setting up your first apartment, hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there's always more to pick up by way of sustainable living.

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 2)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)

Doing More With Less: Energy Efficiency for Consumers

Just in time for the season's first major cold snap, GRACE is pleased to release Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency for Consumers. From basic home improvements to exciting new technologies, our new report will help you stay warm while saving energy and money.

Top Ten Energy Tools from Around the Web

Check out our Top Ten tools and calculators from around the web that can help you figure out your relationship with energy: how it's used, how it's produced and how you can use it more efficiently.

How Many Dollars and Power Plants Does It Take to Run our Modems & Routers?

Small networks, used to access the internet and other equipment, consumed more than a billion dollars and three dirty coal power plants' worth of electricity in 2012. Replacing today's wasteful equipment with more efficient models could save US consumers about $330 million on their electricity bills each year.

Power Plants Kill Fish! OK, What Can We Do?

Hundreds of power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. Will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?

Rebuilding Cities After Sandy: 3 Keys to Climate Resilience

With half of all Americans living near the ocean, Hurricane Sandy provided a wake-up call for state and municipal authorities in coastal areas nationwide. Six months after the great storm hit the East Coast, it's worth revisiting key points for planners as we continue to rebuild amidst a changing climate.

Photographer Jamey Stillings: Seeing the Big (Solar) Picture

A person might wonder how images of a bunch of mirrors in a desert would yield beautiful - and important - photography. Welcome to the work of Jamey Stillings and his online exhibit of photos at the Forward Thinking Museum of the ongoing construction of the Ivanpah Solar project in the Mojave Desert.

Ecocentric's Top Green Gifts for 2012

Giving the perfect gift can be difficult, even more so if you're looking for something that's good for your recipient, your community and our planet. To help you out, here are some ideas for greener gifts sure to please everyone on your list!

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