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.
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One of the drawbacks to current solar energy systems is that they can only produce heat or electricity, not both at the same time. Researchers at MIT have found a solution to that problem and outlined a technique that can accomplish just that.
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.
The U.S. Green Building Council is revamping their LEED standards and requirements for the year 2012 in response to criticisms about the the current standards.
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.
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, Pipistrel-USA.com of State College, PA. was awarded $1.35 million from NASA. The second place team of eGenius of Ramona, Calif. was awarded $120,000.
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.
Solar technologies are constantly evolving, becoming more and more effective as new designs and discoveries are made in the field. New Energy Technologies continues this trend with the advent of their new product, the SolarWindow. The new windows will be the first see-through windows that can also generate electricity through a specially designed spray put […]
One of the most famous buildings in the world now has a new claim to fame. New York City’s Empire State Building has just received LEED Gold certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. While it isn’t the tallest building in the world to receive LEED certification, it is the tallest in […]
Saving energy is on top of a lot of Americans’ minds these days, both in terms of saving money and helping the environment, so it is not surprising that Consumer Reports is trying to meet that need with its October issue. The new issue will feature a myriad of energy saving tips, as well as […]
For several years now, people have been aware that our over-reliance on fossil fuels, specifically oil, is dangerous because it is a finite resource and soon the supply won’t be able to reach our outrageous demands. This infographic, from Carsort.com, describes the peak oil problem and how we have arrived at this point. It also […]
Improperly insulated windows are one of the easiest ways to suffer heat loss and larger energy consumption. While blinds and draperies can help, hardwood shutters are much more efficient insulators. And among shutters, Danmer’s new Thermalite Shutter Insulating System can best help to solve this problem by reducing energy consumption and cutting heat loss or […]
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.
When driving, the part that uses up the most gasoline, and therefore creates the most air pollution, is when stopped at a stop light. And while stoplights are clearly necessary on the road, safely avoiding them would save the driver both money for gas and help reduce pollution. It was with this in mind that […]
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 90.