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Lovins' Response to "The Homely Costs of Energy Conservation"

Letter, 2009
This piece by Amory and Judy Lovins was written in response to an article in The Wall Street Journal about the design, construction, and renovation of the Lovins' home. The Lovins' response draws economic conclusions opposite to those of the original article.


RMI Visitor's Guide

Guide, 2007
The RMI Visitor's Guide details the design and engineering of Amory and Judy Hill Lovins' house. The Visitor's Guide explains the strategy and economics underlying the design and construction of the house.


Home Energy Briefs: #7 Electronics

Report or White Paper, 2004

This Home Energy Brief focuses on electronics. This Brief covers energy efficient office equipment and Energy Star appliances, power management for computers, standby mode, paper use, and the life-cycle cost of electronics.


Home Energy Briefs: #5 Water Heating

Report or White Paper, 2004

This Home Energy Brief covers water heating. The Brief goes over storage tank heaters, demand water heaters, solar thermal water heating, heat pump water heaters, and drain-water heat recovery.


Home Energy Briefs: #8 Kitchen Appliances

Report or White Paper, 2004

This Home Energy Brief discusses kitchen appliances. The Brief covers the following topics: food and the impacts of what we eat; the electricity use of refrigerators and freezers; cooking appliances; and food waste.


Home Energy Briefs: #6 Cleaning Appliances

Report or White Paper, 2004

This Home Energy Brief focuses on cleaning appliances. The Brief covers cold water washing, efficient dryers, and dishwashers.


Small is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size

Book or Book Chapter, 2002
Small is Profitable describes 207 ways in which the size of "electrical resources"--devices that make, save, or store electricity--affects their economic value. It finds that properly considering the economic benefits of "distributed" (decentralized) electrical resources typically raises their value by a large factor, often approximately tenfold by improving system planning, utility construction and operation, and service quality, and by avoiding societal costs.


Cool Citizens: Everyday Solutions to Climate Change: Household Solutions

Guide, 2002
This brief describes residential carbon dioxide emissions profiles and calculations of carbon dioxide reduction measures. The brief provides a profile for energy consumption, energy costs, and the emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from the direct and indirect use of energy in the household.


Energy Efficiency Survey Aboard USS Princeton CG-59


This report describes the findings and recommendations of RMI’s unclassified survey of energy efficiency potential of the USS Princeton CG-59. The study found many ways in which energy can be saved, especially in electrical appliances, electrical generation, and propulsion.


Water Efficiency: The Next Generation

Report or White Paper, 1998

This paper from 1998 describes different technical methods by which households can save money and save water. These methods include low-flow toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, graywater systems that funnel water from homes for use in landscaping or flushing toilets, composting toilets, smarter water meters that provide feedback to customers, the use of native plants that require less water than non-native varieties, and rainwater collection systems. A description of each method is provided.


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