Energy Use In The US Still Growing Rapidly

Americans are using more and more energy every year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


Across the board, more energy of every type — everything from renewables, to fossil fuels, to nuclear — is being used. In 2013, Americans used over 2.3 quadrillion thermal units more than in 2012.

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I always knew the five-second rule was not a myth!

Some live by the belief that when you drop a bit of food on the floor, you get five-seconds before it’s rendered too disgusting to eat. Six-seconds? No way!  But for some reason five seconds has generally been accepted.

Biology students at Aston University in the UK monitored how quickly E.coli and common bacteria spread from surfaces to food such as toast (butter side down, no doubt), pasta and sticky sweets — with time being a significant factor in the transfer of germs.

Food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time according to the findings.

More on this from the Herald Sun in Australia

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The energy transition tipping point is here NOW! (fossil fuels to renewables)

Underlying the abundance hype over tight oil, tar sands and other “unconventional” sources of liquid fuel has been a dirty little secret: They’re expensive… 

The soaring cost of producing oil has far outpaced the rise in oil prices as the world has relied on these marginal sources to keep production growing since conventional oil production peaked in 2005."

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A way to double the efficiency of solar is about to go mainstream!

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WOW – Carbon monoxide kills one, sickens 19 at Long Island restaurant

It doesn’t take long for Carbon Monoxide to take it’s toll on health and sometimes life.  This is why we cannot make a building energy efficient without checking the heating system first.  And THIS is why Building Analysts need BPI certification. 

A.J. Carter, spokesman for the Town of Huntington, said a fire marshal traced the poisonous odorless (and colorless) gas to a leaky flue of a restaurant’s heating system.

The issue was in the basement, where the manager – and later the assistant manager – were overcome.  The assistant manager remains hospitalized.

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Envelope Please

For energy efficiency, it’s important to address the building envelope before you change to a more efficient heating system – before you consider adding solar panels – even before you consider putting more insulation in the attic. Conrad Metcalfe presents to a large crowd at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.

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