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  •  Great news but there is one "source" that is still (6+ / 0-)

    under-utilized:  CONSERVATION!

    We waste so much energy still that conservation is a major way to reduce our need for other sources (renewable or not).

    I think it's great renewables are gaining, but their less glamorous cousin, conservation, must also be paid some dues.  The CAFE standard is a great beginning and building codes are catching up, but there is still lots of waste to be reduced and much of it can be done by regular people in our homes or in our regular lives. Here are some examples:

    1. Programmable thermostats (keeping our houses 1 or 2 degrees cooler in the winter or warmer in the summer too!)
    2. LED of CFL lighting (and remember to turn off the lights we don't need!)
    3. Blown in insulation in older homes
    4. Seal attic/basements to reduce infiltration
    5. Replace old boiler with condensing boiler
    6. Walk to do errands where possible
    7. Carpool & combine trips

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:43:48 AM PST

    •  The few green business schools such as Presidio (3+ / 0-)

      School of Management in San Francisco make a special point of conservation because 100% of the savings flow straight to the bottom line, unlike increases in sales where the company only gets a certain profit margin. Unfortunately, facilities managers don't get no respect from financial and marketing.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 08:55:12 AM PST

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