Author Archives: Matt Smith

Best Buy Launches Home Energy Learning Centers

November 7th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

Have you been interested in increasing your home's energy efficiency, but aren't sure how to go about doing it? If so, Best Buy has a new in-store and online Home Energy management learning center that can help you decide how to best satisfy your energy efficient needs. The centers provide a myriad of different services, including tools for self-assessments of your home's energy use, home energy surveys and audits, and product installation

Facebook, Opower Developing Social Energy Efficiency App

October 17th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

Facebook and Opower have teamed together with the Natural Resources Defense Council to create a social energy app for Facebook that they hope will help raise awareness of energy consumption and efficiency. Those who use the app will be able to compare their energy use with a national average of similar homes, as well as those of their friends

Solar Bridge Being Built Across the River Thames

October 10th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

Showing that anything can be retrofitted for environmental efficiency, an old Victorian-era bridge across the River Thames in England is getting the addition of over 4,400 solar PV panels. Construction has already begun on the new roof, which will have over 6,500 square feet of solar PV panels, generating about 9,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year, making it the largest solar array in London

NASA Awards Prize For Green Aviation Project

October 3rd, 2011 | by Matt Smith

Aviation accounts for almost 3 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration from 2005, so finding a way to reduce those emissions became an important goal for NASA and the aviation industry. With this in mind, NASA created the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, a competition to test fuel-efficient aircraft designs, in which the winner, of State College, PA. was awarded $1.35 million from NASA. The second place team of eGenius of Ramona, Calif. was awarded $120,

Sports Stadiums Looking To Go LEED

September 28th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

With stadiums in most major cities, sports occupy a huge part of American life and culture. So it is great to see some of these stadiums embracing green ideals by trying to acquire LEED certification. Two new stadiums being constructed will seek LEED certification: the new NFL stadium being built in Los Angeles, and the new Marlins stadium being built in Miami. There are also a host of current stadiums that have achieved LEED certification

GE Using MRI Technology to Help Build Better Wind Turbines

September 5th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

Alternative sources of power are something that many companies are exploring more thoroughly nowadays, and General Electric is no exception. Although they already produce wind turbines, the technology development arm of GE, GE Global Research, has begun a project from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the next generation of wind turbines, ones that could support large-scale wind applications in the 10-15 megawatt range.

Taipei 101 is World’s Tallest Green Building

August 29th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

It's a common saying that size doesn't matter, but nobody told the people who built the Taipei 101 tower that. The 1,666 foot tall building has just become the world's tallest green building by achieving LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance category from the U.S. Green Building Council. Not only is this now the tallest building to receive LEED certification, it is also the largest scale building with a total area of 1.6 million square feet and the green building with the most tenants at

Eco-Hatchery’s New App Calculates Eco-Lighting Savings

August 7th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

For those still on the edge about switching over from standard lighting to energy efficient light bulbs, Eco-Hatchery has just released an app that can provide the final push over the that edge. Their Bulb Finder app allows you to calculate an approximation of the money you would save by switching the light bulbs in your house with a variety of different energy efficient bulbs.

Green Building 101: How Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Can be a Solution to the Housing Market Crisis

July 28th, 2011 | by Matt Smith

The U.S. housing market, like most of the economy currently, is a bit of a mess. One thing that can help get you a better loan is applying for an Energy Efficient or Energy Improvement Mortgage (EEM). The energy-efficient nature of the house is also a big plus for a variety of reasons, the obvious being money saved on monthly energy bills. Besides that, however, having an energy-efficient home also increases its resale value substantially. Most importantly, however, an energy-efficient home is much better for the environment and the planet. So with an EEM you can save yourself some money and more easily afford a nicer home, all while also doing your part to help the Earth

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