Energy Star failings: Much ado about something

By Elisa WoodAugust 26, 2010As suspected, Energy Star appliances do not always live up to their energy savings claims, according to preliminary results of laboratory tests reported his week by the US Department of Energy (DOE).The DOE began testing the appliances after watchdogs raised serious questions about the federal labeling program. The … [Read more...]

There’s a new sheriff in town

DOE takes on enforcement of standardsBy Marianne DiMascioIt’s likely that you’ve heard of EnergyStar and seen the recent headlines about US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency efforts to ensure that appliances are as energy efficient as the blue EnergyStar label indicates. It’s less likely that you’ve heard of a parallel … [Read more...]

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and combined heat & power

By Elisa Wood Dec. 4, 2008The universe contains many mysteries. A big one for me is: Why doesn’t the United States use more combined heat and power (CHP)?It requires an energy geek, of course, to even ask that question. Most of the world knows nothing about CHP, even when referenced by its other name: cogeneration. So it was heartening to see … [Read more...]