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Vampire Energy

By now, most of us now associate vampires with “Twihard” tweens obsessed with a certain book and movie series. You might have hoped the craze would pass and you’d never have to hear about those blood-sucking creatures again.

But like it or not, vampires are a part of all of our lives, and it doesn’t come and go with pop-culture fads or Halloween season. Also referred to as “phantom load,” “standby power” or “idle current,” vampire energy is the electricity that outlets and electronics endlessly “suck” from our plugs, even if the device is fully charged, off , or in sleep mode. Microwaves, coffee makers, laptops, printers, TVs, cable boxes, (literally anything you can plug into an outlet) and more are haunted by vampire energy.

Twitter chat lighting lumen coalition

Thinking of finally making the switch to LEDs soon? Trying to find an easy way to save money every month? Confused about your energy-saving lighting choices? Wondering how to replace your 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs?

Well there’s no need to worry, because the 2nd LUMEN Twitterchat has got you covered. More than 80 of you with 125,000 followers joined us last time and we think it’ll be even bigger this time!

CO2 carbon emissions from power plant
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA has proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new fossil fueled power plants. But really all eyes are on upcoming rules for existing power plants. Whether viewed with enthusiasm or trepidation, it could be a very big deal.
Fans wait to catch a fly ball at World Series
As you follow the World Series this year, there’s something else to watch besides the score: the energy-efficient features that baseball stadiums are showing off this season.
Man reading newspaper article on gas shortage 1973 oil embargo crisis
Four decades ago this week, an energy crisis began that would change America. It would eventually lead to cars and trucks across the country forming double lines at every gas station, customers waiting hours to get to a pump, prices skyrocketing 300 percent, and drivers limited in how much gas they could buy. And infamous signs reading “NO GAS” and “Sorry No Gasoline” became regular sights on the road.
Hotels say they're going green, but much energy are they really aving?

Anyone who has stayed in a hotel recently is likely familiar with the leaf-adorned bathroom cards asking guests to “Save Mother Earth!” and hang up their towels if they do not need them to be washed, or signs reminding them to turn off the lights when leaving the room. But anyone who has stayed in a hotel recently is probably also familiar with air conditioners perpetually set at 68 degrees (I bet if you are a woman you bring along a sweater or jacket when attending conferences and meetings in a hotel even in the dead of summer) and TVs playing late into the night in empty lobbies. These hotels tout how “green” and “eco-friendly” they are—but how much energy are they really saving?

Person using smartphone app to save energy and money

In addition to taking photos, using maps, chopping fruit and playing word games, you can get apps that bring energy efficiency to your fingertips. With your smartphone, it is easier than ever to start saving energy today!

So without further ado (drumroll please), here are the Top 10 Energy Efficiency Apps for 2013!

Top 10 Energy Efficiency Apps for 2013!

Four Friends Driving On a Summer Road Trip
The Alliance calculated that the average U.S. household will spend $3,300 on transportation energy costs this year. As demonstrated in the Alliance’s fuel efficiency tips video series, and in the tips below, proper vehicle maintenance and smart driving can help keep more of that money in your pocket.