Reduce Your Computer Energy Use Automatically

A new software program claims to reduce the energy your computer uses automatically.  It is aptly named Granola.  The program is free and doesn’t interfere with your computer use. My understanding is that the software works primarily by taking advantage of the ability of modern computers to vary the speed of the CPU in real-time.  Most of the time there is no benefit in your CPU running at maximum... read more

How to Think About Environmental Issues

I recently read Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air.  When I saw this book, I knew I found a gold-mine.  The author attempts to determine the viability of renewable energy by calculating and comparing possible production with current consumption.  The book centers on the U.K., but is easy to extend worldwide. The approach is empirical, well researched, yet accessible enough.  In the process,... read more