There are a whopping 3.8 billion consumer electronics installed in our homes and many are purchased during the holiday season, beginning with Black Friday. Collectively these devices consume more than $22 billion and 67 large power plants’ worth of electricity...continued→
Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency, San Francisco, CA
Noah Horowitz is a senior scientist in NRDC's energy program and works on a wide range of energy efficiency issues, including voluntary programs and collaborations with industry, as well as the development of mandatory codes and standards at the state and national level. His areas of expertise include residential lighting and appliances, consumer electronics and IT equipment and energy-saving "cool" roofs. Prior to joining NRDC in 1997, Noah was manager of environmental programs for the Quaker Oats Company. He holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Now that we've completed the annual ritual of setting our clocks back an hour with the end of Daylight Savings Time, we're in "lighting season" where the days get shorter and our lights stay on more hours per day. But...continued→
Halloween Warning: There are energy vampires lurking in your home that are disguised as normal appliances and electronics. These bloodthirsty monsters have a voracious appetite for sucking energy out of your electrical outlets and money out of your wallet, even when...continued→
Today is a great day for the inventors of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), who were just named winners of the prestigious Nobel Prize for Physics. Their invention made it possible to create bright white light in a much more...continued→
After years of ever-increasing energy use, the amount of electricity used by those black set-top boxes provided by the cable, satellite and telephone companies has begun to go down, according to a report published today. In fact, national set-top box energy use...continued→
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) just issued its latest report on the amount of electricity used by consumer electronics (CE) and the good news is that it’s finally begun to come down. However, the total is still enormous -- equal...continued→
NRDC is releasing a Call to Action today to help reduce the $9 billion worth of energy used by our clothes dryers, which few people realize are one of the largest energy users in our homes and represent 2 percent...continued→
Will Microsoft Announce Multimillion-Dollar Energy Savings Improvements to Xbox One at This Week's E3 Video Game Confab?
About 45,000 representatives from the video gaming industry are convening in Los Angeles for their big E3 convention this week, less than a month after the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its study that showed the latest-generation consoles –...continued→
With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to begin thinking about ways to save energy and water this summer in order to produce real, measurable benefits for you and the planet -- as well as help take stress...continued→
With Earth Day 2014 fast approaching (Tuesday, April 22), the 44th birthday of the modern environmental movement provides a great opportunity to take small, easy steps to shrink your carbon footprint at home and put money back into your pocket...continued→
DOE Poised to Hit a Home Run with Its New Proposed Efficiency Standards for Linear Fluorescent Light Bulbs
The Department of Energy has just hit a home run with today’s proposed minimum energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent light bulbs, the tube lamps that are located in virtually every office, hospital, school and airport in the country. According...continued→
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has long opposed minimum energy efficiency standards for their products and has launched numerous campaigns over the years to support their position. Their most recent effort includes a letter to Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest...continued→
It used to be that the only energy issue of the year-end holidays was whether Santa Claus remembered to bring enough batteries for all the new toys. But today's gifts of phones, TVs, computers, video game consoles, and other electricity...continued→
Under a historic agreement announced today, the electricity used by the more than 230 million set-top boxes installed in America’s homes by your cable, satellite, or telephone company will be slashed by 10 to 45 percent, depending on the...continued→
Planning to give someone a new electronic gadget this holiday season? Here’s a little bonus to include with your gift. Click on the infographic below, print out the full-page version, and add it to the package. The recipient likely will...continued→
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