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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

Eight Energy-Saving Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Posted April 16, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Posted April 11, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Setting the Record Straight on CEA's Letter to the Secretary of Energy

Posted April 8, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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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

How You Set Up Those Electronics Gifts Makes a Big Difference in Energy & Dollars

Posted December 27, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Historic Agreement to Slash Energy Use by Set-Top Boxes Will Save $1 Billion Annually

Posted December 23, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Holiday Bonus: Give This With Your Electronics Gifts

Posted December 19, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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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

New PS4 and Xbox One Game Consoles: A Mixed Bag for Energy Efficiency

Posted December 18, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The Natural Resources Defense Council has just completed rigorous measurements of the power use of the newly released U.S. versions of the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft Xbox One. We found that the new models have made substantial progress...continued

All Systems Go As We Say Goodbye to the Old Inefficient 60-Watt Bulb on Jan. 1

Posted December 17, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth and successful transition to more efficient bulbs – and eventually save Americans $13 billion on their...continued

LEDs: A Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted November 25, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Switching to energy-saving LED lighting to brighten the holidays and America’s homes, businesses, and streets could lower U.S. electric bills by billions of dollars and avoid millions of tons of pollution annually. That would truly be a gift that keeps...continued

Just in Time for Black Friday: NRDC's Green Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide 2013

Posted November 20, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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While shopping for the latest electronics device this holiday season, you can make sure it’s a gift that keeps on giving -- when it comes to energy (and dollar) savings and the environment – by following NRDC’s Green Electronics Holiday...continued

"Fall Back" into Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Posted October 30, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This Sunday (Nov. 3) most Americans will go through the annual ritual of changing clocks back an hour in preparation for winter’s gradually decreasing daylight, a period also referred to as “lighting season” because the shorter days mean we’ll be...continued

Vampire Slaying and More: NRDC's Halloween Energy Survival Guide

Posted October 25, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Along with being a fun holiday for tricks and treats, Halloween is an opportune time to shine a ghostly light on the evil energy vampires lurking in our homes. By these we mean those ghoulish fangs – also known...continued

How Many Dollars and Power Plants Does It Take to Run our Modems & Routers?

Posted June 19, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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If you’re a high-speed Internet service subscriber like 88 million other U.S. households, you’ve likely got a couple of black boxes in your home that blink all day and all night long, too, eating electricity as they stand ready to...continued

New Xbox One: Good for Gaming and Voice Recognition, But Maybe Not the Environment?

Posted May 24, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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This week Microsoft announced the launch of the Xbox One video game console, the long- awaited successor to the Xbox 360. Much was said about how “powerful” the device will be and how the upgraded Kinect motion sensor now includes...continued

Six Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Posted April 17, 2013 by Noah Horowitz in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Earth Day 2013 is around the corner but there’s a lot you can do in the next few minutes – and every day – to cut your energy use while greening the Earth and putting money back into your pockets....continued

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