energy

7 Times You're Wasting Mental Energy Without Realizing It

Feeling exhausted? Nearing burnout? It may be because of these unexpected drags on your mental energy. Get rid of them and get more energy.

Shrink Your Utility Bill by Plugging These Surprising Home Energy Leaks

Big utility bill sinking your budget? Make the planet and your wallet greener by plugging up these five surprising home energy leaks.

All the Caffeine of a Cup of Joe in a Convenient... Spray-On?

If you enjoy the jolt of caffeine, but don't enjoy coffee or soda, soon you'll be able to get your stimulant boost from a convenient spray applied directly to the skin.

What Americans Can Learn From How the Rest of the World Saves Energy

After traveling to Europe and Australia, one writer has learned a several energy-saving tips that he's eager to bring home.

7 Ways to Boost Your Energy and Get More Done

If you're sleepy, sluggish, or feeling sapped, don't just sit there — try these tricks to get your energy back up.

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

You'll find power guzzlers in both likely and unlikely places around your home. But by making some fairly painless changes, you can see big savings.

Should You Take More Breaks At Work?

Time is money, but only if you are using your time... energetically.

The Key to Workplace Success: Be an Energizer

What is the most important quality to determining employee success? According to author Robert Sutton, nothing is as crucial as "energy."

5 Ways to Save Water, Energy, Money, and the World in One Afternoon

Saving water is not only good for the planet, it can be a highly efficient way to cut your water and energy bills (energy to heat the water).

My best posts that got no attention

A few times I've written a post that I thought was good, but that seemed to vanish into the blogosphere without a trace. On my two-year anniversary of writing for Wise Bread, I

7 Ways To Lower Water Heater Costs

Your water heater can account for 13% of home energy costs. The good news is that there are small, easy tweaks you can make to lower those costs and conserve energy at the same ti

Book review: Game Over

Stephen Leeb's new book makes that case that we're running into resource limits on every front--energy, metals, water--and that this problem is going to affect everything we do. T

Invest some of this cheap energy

I've tried to avoid predicting energy prices, except to say that they'll be volatile. I'm not a bit surprised to see oil and gasoline prices dropping by half in the past few month

Opt-out of the wasteful $26 billion phone directory industry

In this day and age of the internet, free Google 411 and a host of other paperless directory services, what use do the big, fat phone directories serve? I don’t know about you, but

The good life on less energy--even in the US

Whenever I write a post about energy, I point out that we know it's possible to have a high standard of living while using less energy--people in European countries do, so it must

Welcome to Container City - How Shipping Containers Are Recycled into Green Dwellings

At any port you can probably see hundreds to thousands of empty shipping containers just sitting around waiting to be loaded. In recent times these containers have not only transp

What if energy costs keep rising?

Recession or not, I think the medium-term trend in energy costs is up.  Just in case I'm right, you ought to have plan for that.

Is daylight-saving time a complete waste of energy?

This weekend the clocks “spring forward.” I’m not a huge fan of DST . In fact, I’m not a fan of anything that steals

Non-financial investments

Talk about investments and most people think stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, plus maybe real estate and commodities like precious metals. Let's call those "financial inve

Six Ways to Stay Warm and Reduce the Heating Bill

Are you paying through your nose  to heat your home this winter? Is your heater broken? Read on for some practical tips to reduce your energy bill and stay warm at the same time.