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Videos from UCSB Summit on Energy Efficiency, May 1-2, 2013  

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Steve DenBaars, head of the Lighting Solutions Group at the Institute for Energy Efficiency, discusses the inefficiency of the incandescent light bulb.
Date: 06/20/2010
Type: Article, Video
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
University centers harness brainpower and technology to stop wasting energy — conserve, baby, conserve!
Date: 01/16/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Control Systems
Computing is becoming increasingly cheaper and more energy efficient. The electrical efficiency of computing has doubled every year and a half.
Date: 04/10/2012
Type: Article
Tags: computing
lightbulb with money
Business analyst Christopher Russell quantifies the costs--in terms of the wasted energy that you have to pay for--associated with doing nothing to improve your efficiency. When compared to efficiency upgrade costs, the numbers often make a compelling argument for improvements.
Date: 04/26/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Economic Impact
Dave Auston
The Institute's Acting Executive Director Dave Auston was recently featured in a two-part interview on The Daily Energy Report.
Date: 09/12/2010
Type: Audio, Photos
Technologies: General Information
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This New York Times editorial discusses Obama's energy policy and the Republicans' reaction to it.
Date: 02/22/2011
Type: Article
John Schramski uses a battery as a metaphor to understand the globe's stagnating economic and political systems and their close relatives: collapsing ecosystems. This "battery" is not being replenished as quickly as it is being drained, thus calling for drastic energy conservation.
Date: 09/03/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Solar energy is fast becoming a very profitable industry for investors and an economically attractive alternative to fossil fuels for consumers.
Date: 06/01/2008
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Major car companies and well-funded startups — fueled by federal clean-energy funding and rapid improvement in lithium-ion batteries — are now producing electric vehicles that will soon be in showrooms.
Date: 01/21/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
Two companies are working together to integrate smart meters, communications gear, networking and software so utilities could power down home systems by remote control, or they can let the homeowner decide which devices will shut down when the utility asks for it.
Date: 06/24/2009
Type: News

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