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The Greening of Set-top Boxes?

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:26 -- MrGreen

NDS Group OfficesOctober 5, 2007 – If you read my blog entry“We Have Met the Enemy … ,” you know that TV set-top boxes are among the worst energy wasters when they’re not doing anything, even when they’ve been switched off. This is why, as a recent study showed, the boxes are a major residential energy user, consuming over 23 billion kWh of electricity in the U.S.

UK Latest To Turn Out the Lights

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:16 -- MrGreen

Broken Light BulbOctober 1, 2007 – All over the world, governments are turning out the lights, or at least planning to. “We need to turn them off for good,” says the UK Environmental Secretary. Not to worry, however: the world isn’t plunging into darkness, or if it is, it won’t be for lack of electric lighting.

The Great Wall Wart Efficiency Hunt • Edit

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:11 -- MrGreen

September 18, 2007 – I know it’s only September, but if I don’t start thinking about holiday gifts now, I’ll find myself in the department store checkout line on December 24th with the rest of Procrastinators Anonymous. This year, the new digital picture frames caught my eye as a nice gift for my mom. What could be better than having pictures of her friends and family displayed for her, 24/7/365?

ENERGY STAR 4.0 ... or Not? • Edit

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:03 -- MrGreen

ENERGYSTAR logoSeptember 12, 2007 – I love gadgets, especially big, expensive ones, like computers. But I don’t love gadgets that generate energy bills so big that when I first look at them, my eyes water and my knees go weak.

In the News: UN Report Urges Energy Efficiency on G8 Countries

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 14:57 -- MrGreen
September 11, 2007 – The UN Dispatch says:
Energy efficiency is the single most promising strategy for getting the global community on track to tackle the climate change crisis. Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, and most readily available energy resource.

Large-screens Going Green

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 14:44 -- MrGreen

September 5, 2007 – OK, I admit it—I would love to have a big-screen TV. I eagerly look forward to the Sunday paper sales flyers, and I eagerly monitor price declines, hoping for a special deal that I can use to persuade Mrs. Green to allow me to outfit just one more room at Casa Verde with HD video.

China Buys Green

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 14:30 -- MrGreen

August 30, 2007 – Worldwatch Institute’s China Watch notes:

PG & E Joins Green Grid

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 14:27 -- MrGreen

PG & E logoAugust 28, 2007Reuters reports another sign of things to come: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is the first utility to join The Green Grid, a nonprofit consortium that seeks more energy efficiency in data centers and business computing systems, PG&E announced on Tuesday.....