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Keeping warm with minimal heating: small-scale solutions

I discuss some of the ways you can add the equivalent of an extra layer of clothes to your residence.

Oops! Low oil prices are related to a debt bubble

Why is the price of oil so low now? In fact, why are all commodity prices so low?

Why We Need a Speed Limit for the Internet

We need a speed limit for the internet.  

Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Place

It would make a lot of sense to restore this old way of warming, especially since modern technology has made it so much more practical, safe and efficient.

The Revenge of the Circulating Fan

Cooling people by increasing local airflow is at least ten times more energy efficient than refrigerating the air in a given space, and it also adds the benefit of a personally controlled thermal environment.

Well-Tended Fires Outperform Modern Cooking Stoves

Despite technological advancements since the Industrial Revolution, cooking remains a spectacularly inefficient process.

How Increased Labour Efficiency Drives Resource Consumption

“It is a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to diminished consumption. The very contrary is the truth….no one must suppose that coal thus saved is spared-it is only saved from one use to be employed in others”.

How Sustainable is Digital Fabrication?

Digital fabrication is praised as the future of manufacturing. While CNC machines have been embraced by's important to consider the very high energy use of digital machine tools.

Cap the Grid

As a species, we must learn to live within the physical limitations of the biosphere. In the electric energy sector, this requires reversing the worldwide trend of ever-expanding electricity supply grids carrying energy vast distances from more and more large, centralized power plants. …

Shale Truth Interviews Arthur Berman segment #4 Energy Efficiency   

The natural gas industry has promoted shale gas as a source of energy independence. In this segment of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network's Shale Truth Interview series energy industry analyst Arthur Berman says efficiency and changing everyday behavior are the keys for the United States becoming …

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