30 Jun '12, 12am

Energy Efficiency Without Trying (and With)

John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we’re busy doing other things — Internet-based things specifically. We use email, bank online and download music not to save energy, but to make life easier and more interesting. Energy efficiency is a happy byproduct. What online pursuits serve up the most energy savings in day-to-day life? The Global e-Sustainability Initiative, or GeSI, recently commissioned the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Yankee Group to answer this question. The study , “Measuring the Energy Reduction Impact of Selected Broadband-Enabled Activities within Households.” looked at eight broadband-related activities in the US, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and France: telecommuting, Internet news, online bank...

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