If you are embarking on a new weight loss plan, it typically makes sense to pursue a mixed strategy of diet and exercise. If you are working to get your … Continue Reading Swapping negawatts for megawatts under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan
Here’s a story that captures a lot of the challenges we face as we try to improve energy efficiency. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t have a happy ending, but I’m holding … Continue Reading An Energy Efficiency Parable
(This blog is co-authored by Howard Chong) Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. is puzzling. It’s nice that Nest is about reinventing previously “unloved things” like thermostats and smoke detectors. … Continue Reading Why Would Google Pay $3.2 Billion for Nest?
Last week, Severin posted a great piece on household electricity consumption. Armed with a simple metering device and your energy bill, you can easily measure how your various household appliances … Continue Reading Cap-and-Trade Throws a Wrench into the Gears of Green Consumerism
Since my husband and I both work in the energy industry, we often exchange energy-themed gifts. He has given me energy books (my favorite was American Power by Mitch Epstein … Continue Reading Would a Nest Help My Family Save Energy?
Rob Stavins (Harvard) and Richard Newell (Duke) put together a most excellent workshop, which brought together one possible all-star team of energy economists to discuss the energy efficiency gap (the … Continue Reading Learning by using
California has long been a leading indicator of national energy-efficiency trends. The state passed minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators in 1976, 11 years before the federal government adopted similar standards. … Continue Reading How California’s K-12 Schools Can Teach Us About Energy Efficiency