Best Buy Launches Home Energy Learning Centers

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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Facebook, Opower Developing Social Energy Efficiency App

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.

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Solar Bridge Being Built Across the River Thames

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.

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NASA Awards Prize For Green Aviation Project

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.

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Sports Stadiums Looking To Go LEED

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.

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New SolarWindows Would Be First See-Through Windows To Generate Electricity

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 on the window. They are developing six different types of SolarWindows for different situations: Commercial- A flat glass window for installation in commercial buildings Structural…

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Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

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 the U.S., as well as probably the most well-known. The Empire State Building owes its new LEED certification to a retrofit model created by the…

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New Issue of Consumer Reports to Offer Energy Saving Tips

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 advice on which energy-efficient appliances actually work and which don’t, and an update on some alternative energy sources. “You don’t have to sacrifice performance, comfort,…

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Infographic Explains How Peak Oil Cycle Affects Us

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 describes why the few alternative fossil fuels are equally as unfeasible. The infographic mentions that there are positives to the peak oil problem, in that…

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Danmer’s Eco-Friendly Custom Shutters Reduce Energy Consumption

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 gain through windows. According to a Danmer press release, the Thermalite shutters provide as much as three times the insulation of typical wood shutters, and…

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GE Using MRI Technology to Help Build Better Wind Turbines

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.

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New App Helps You Save Gas and Reduce Emissions By Avoiding Red Lights

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 researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University designed an app that would help drivers avoid stopping at red lights. The app,…

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Taipei 101 is World’s Tallest Green Building

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.

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Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Trees During Hurricane Season

With Hurricane Irene threatening to cause widespread damage in much of the U.S., it is clear that hurricane season is once again upon us. The high-speed winds tend to cause the most damage, generally by way of flying debris. While it is difficult to predict how severe Hurricane Irene, or any other subsequent hurricanes will affect your area, it is always good to be prepared just in case, and SavATree, the “green choice for tree service and lawn care,” has…

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

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.

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

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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