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Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency, San Francisco, CA

Noah Horowitz

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.

Recent Posts

9 Easy Earth Day Tips You Won't Find Anywhere Else

Posted April 15, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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You don't have to buy a hybrid car or install solar panels to make changes that have a significant environmental benefit, save money, and are easy to do. Here's a list of 9 Earth Day tips you probably won't find...continued

Will Microsoft Do Enough to Make Sure Xbox Ones Don't Waste $250 Million Of Electricity Annually?

Posted April 14, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Although Microsoft just announced it will issue a software update to the Xbox One that will allow U.S. gamers to choose the energy-saving option when they first set up their console, it's too early to know whether this will really...continued

New Standards Put California on Track to Save Over 100 Billion Gallons of Water Annually

Posted April 9, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) just adopted the most advanced water efficiency standards in the nation for new urinals, bathroom and kitchen faucets, and toilets sold and installed in the state's homes and businesses. The savings from this unprecedented, emergency...continued

No April Fools' Joke: Xbox One Game Console Users Socked with Extra $250M in Electric Bills Thanks to Microsoft

Posted March 26, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Did you know Microsoft is avoiding a simple setup change that could save America's Xbox One users up to $250 million annually on their energy bills? Even when it looks like your Xbox One is off, it's still drawing significant...continued

LED Outdoor Lighting - A $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity Ripe for the Picking

Posted February 5, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Virtually overnight we are starting to see energy- savings LED lighting almost everywhere. Not only was last weekend's Super Bowl played under LED lights, the new flat panel TVs for watching the game were illuminated by LED backlights, and the...continued

DOE's Final Act of 2014 to Save Office Buildings and Schools $15 Billion

Posted January 2, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office building, school, and hospital across the country by...continued

Buying “Green” on Black Friday and Beyond: NRDC's 2014 Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide

Posted November 20, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

“Lighting Season” Has Begun: What Better Time to Buy an LED Bulb and Save Over $125?

Posted November 5, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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 Energy Vampires Survival Guide 2014

Posted October 23, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

LED Light Bulbs: Worthy of a Nobel Prize

Posted October 7, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

The Pay TV Industry Has Tuned into Set-top Boxes that Waste Less Energy

Posted August 28, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

Has Consumer Electronics Energy Use Finally Peaked?

Posted June 26, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

Call to Action: Make Clothes Dryers More Energy-Efficient to Save Consumers Up to $4 Billion

Posted June 12, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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?

Posted June 9, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

Warm Weather Ways to Cut Energy, Water and Fuel Costs

Posted May 22, 2014 by Noah Horowitz

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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

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