energy efficiency http://kplu.org en Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money http://kplu.org/post/fox-island-utilitys-smart-grid-technology-aims-save-energy-save-money <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you turn on your tap or shower in the morning or run your washing machine at night, you probably aren’t thinking much about how many other people in the area are doing the same thing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But when it’s cold outside, use of electric heaters for hot water often pushes peak loads to the brink for local utilities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s where so-called <a href="http://www.pnwsmartgrid.org/about.asp" target="_blank">smart-grid technology</a> could come in and save the day. The idea, which increases energy efficiency and saves everyone money, is being put to the test on Fox Island, near Tacoma.</span></p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12508 at http://kplu.org Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy http://kplu.org/post/white-house-honor-seattle-vet-advancing-clean-energy <p>Avi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jacobson was serving his first tour in Iraq in 2007 when he noticed his own unit's heavy reliance on a single generator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jacobson’s Air Force base ran almost solely on the generator, which was overworked with computers and air conditioners almost daily. When the usage hit the generator’s tipping point, Jacobson said, “everything would die," triggering an eerie silence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:15:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10818 at http://kplu.org White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S. http://kplu.org/post/study-seattle-one-top-cities-energy-efficiency-us <p></p><p>Seattle is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the U.S., according to a <a href="http://aceee.org/research-report/e13g" target="_blank">new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)</a>, a Washington, D.C.-based research group.&nbsp;</p><p>The study ranked cities based on their scores in several categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies and public benefits programs, and transportation policies.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:07:49 +0000 Martha Kang & Liam Moriarty 10044 at http://kplu.org Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S. Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient http://kplu.org/post/seattle-microsoft-team-make-buildings-more-energy-efficient <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already known as a leader in sustainable architecture, Seattle is </span><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft-green/archive/2013/07/09/microsoft-brings-smart-buildings-to-seattle.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">teaming up with Microsoft</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to take green building to the next level with the help of big-data computing.</span></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:13:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9302 at http://kplu.org Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient