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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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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Researchers Discover New Metal Alloy Which Turns Heat into Electricity

Previously technologies that capture the heat that is given off by electronics, engines, and buildings, such as factories, and then turn that heat into electricity have been studied. But researchers at the University of Minnesota in the College of Science and Engineering have recently developed a multiferroic alloy metal material that converts heat directly to electricity.

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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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D.C. Revolutions’ Wind Turbine Prototype Seeks Public Funding

When inspiration and innovation are held back by the lack of funding what can be done? A company, D.C. Revolutions, has found an answer in creating a Crowdfunding Campaign in partnership with Indie GoGo. D.C. Revolutions is a startup company in Palo Alto, CA and was founded by Durell Coleman, CEO in partnership with Dean Young, COO, and Matt Hart, Power System Integrator. They are focused on redesigning renewable energy starting with a vertical axis wind turbine.

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The New Dali Museum: Sustainable and Beautiful Plus Designed to Withstand the Elements

Visitors have always traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida to experience the Dali Museum since it opened in 1980. In January of this year, 2011, the New Dali Museum opened and is receiving an exceptional response. The doors opened 1-11-11 at 11:11am for people to enjoy an incredible art collection within a building that is its own masterpiece.

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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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Fomo Offers Education and Products to Increase Building Energy Efficiency

The University of Fomo is an online foam education program for the proper use and sellers of green polyurethane foam and its products. The company was founded in 1975 and besides being an educational service for the architectural and construction industries it also serves as a provider of products such as spray foam, pour-in place sealants, adhesives and accessories.

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Green Building 101: Originate’s Natural Material Showroom

A locally sourced place for customers and clients to go to purchase a large variety of natural materials, consult experts and experience the ‘green’ materials first hand is Originate. This is a natural building materials’ showroom located in Tucson, Arizona. “Originate specializes in interior finishes that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, durable, and made from natural and renewable resources.”

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Israel’s Project Better Place Looks to Make Oil-dependent Vehicles Obsolete

If the United States were to trade places, economically and physically with Israel, isolating ourselves from our neighbors with constant war and no oil supply would we become as resourceful as the Israelis? The Israelis have always been on the leading edge of technological advances but beginning in 2008, a project, that once implemented could quite literally save the planet from harmful car emissions and oil dependency, was started. It is Project Better Place and its intentions are to turn all oil-motor transportation to electric.

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Florense; Brazil’s Leading Sustainable Furniture Manufacturer

A company that was established in 1953 in Flores de Cunha, Brazil, called Fábrica de Móveis Florense is a leading example in a business that thrives on sustainability. Fábrica de Móveis Florense, or more commonly known as simply Florense, is an international company. Florense is a furniture manufacturer and producer of high quality wood veneers.

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