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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

Proposed Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards to Lead to $12.5 Billion in Annual Consumer Savings

Posted February 12, 2016 by Noah Horowitz

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New light bulb energy efficiency standards proposed by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) today will complete the gradual phase-out of inefficient everyday incandescent bulbs required under a 2007 law passed by a bipartisan Congress with industry support. And...continued

California Sets World's Strongest Energy Efficiency Standards for Small Directional Light Bulbs - Will Cut State's Annual Electric Bill by More Than $400 Million

Posted January 27, 2016 by Noah Horowitz

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) made history again today when it set minimum energy efficiency standards for small diameter directional light bulbs used for accent, spot and track lighting that will be the most stringent in the world. The reflector...continued

Settings Matter: Keeping Your New Gadgets Merry and Bright Without a Higher Electric Bill

Posted December 22, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Now that the gift-giving holidays are nearly in the rearview mirror and bill-paying season is just ahead, it's a good time to remind you that those electronic devices given or received need not result in higher electric bills. There are...continued

How to Stretch Black Friday Electronics Deals: NRDC's 2015 Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide

Posted November 19, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, especially for buying consumer electronics. If you've been waiting for a good deal on a new TV or computer, remember that Black Friday savings don't have to stop at checkout....continued

Shifting to Ultra High-Def TVs Could Add $1 Billion to Viewers' Annual Energy Bills Unless Efficiency Improves

Posted November 17, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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A shift to the next generation of televisions known as Ultra High-Definition (UHD), and sometimes 4K, could cost U.S. consumers an additional $1 billion annually unless further energy efficiency improvements are made, according to our new report out today. In...continued

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday: What Better Time to Switch to Energy-Saving Light Bulbs?

Posted October 28, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Sunday (Nov. 1) marks the end of Daylight Saving Time - that time of year when nature takes back the extra hour of daylight it loaned us last March. It also means that for the next few months, we will...continued

Does VW "Cheatergate" Testing Issue Apply to Some of Our Televisions, Too?

Posted October 2, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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A British newspaper is reporting that TV manufacturers may be "gaming the test" and underreporting electricity use similar to the recent Volkswagen scandal where the company installed "defeat device" software allowing diesel cars to exceed air pollution standards by as...continued

Pay-TV Industry's Initial Efforts to Reduce Set-Top Box Energy Use Really Beginning to Pay Dividends

Posted August 6, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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A new report out today shows the cable, satellite and telco service providers--companies like Comcast, Dish Network, and AT&T that bring pay TV into our homes--have begun to really focus on the amount of energy consumed by the almost 200...continued

Industry Pledge to Reduce Home Internet Equipment Energy Use Is a Good First Step but More Is Needed

Posted June 25, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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Today industry pledged to cut by 10 to 20% the energy used by small network equipment, which includes the modems and routers used to access the internet and move emails and movies around our home. This is quite important as...continued

The LED Lighting Revolution Is On - Long-Lasting Bulbs Now Available for Less Than Five Bucks

Posted June 9, 2015 by Noah Horowitz

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A revolution is occurring in the lighting aisle: Those long-lasting, energy-saving light bulbs that cost more than $25 each when first introduced a few years ago can now be found for $5 or less. While LEDs may currently fill just...continued

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

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