HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) emissions contribute to climate change, and Canada and many other nations are taking a stand to reduce their emissions by 85% in the next 20 years. HFCs are commonly found in refrigerators, air conditioners, foam products, and other items world-wide. Current global HFC emissions are the equivalent of approximately 1 billion tons of carbon […]
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CSIRO’s solar air conditioning system now sits on top of a major shopping center in Australia, and it is saving energy by using heat from the sun to cool the air in the center. The system uses concentrating solar thermal technology to produce heat energy used to power the air conditioning system. It is a “closed-loop” […]
The LittleBits Smart Home starter kit contains all the components you need to control hour lights, heat, air conditioning and garage door electronically.
I have made numerous efficiency-enhancing suggestions to people who can’t afford air conditioning. However, they said that their homes’ designs can’t accommodate those enhancements easily. After encountering that road block so many times, I decided it was necessary to discuss it (along with potential solutions) in this article. Major Reasons Why People Struggle To Reduce […]
Those of us with central air conditioning don’t have much trouble adding “smart” elements to our system: a programmable thermostat will allow you to adjust your system’s settings based on when you’re home and when you’re not. Smaller air…
In the southern states of the U.S., air conditioner power consumption increased by 43% since 1993. While that isn’t a shocking explosion, it has been on the rise for a long time. This isn’t just a brief spike. In that region, air conditioners now account for 21% of all power consumption. This is very significant for a single type of appliance. The rest of the appliance account for much smaller fractions than that.
I don’t know how you spent your weekend, but we spent ours with hands outstretched, feeling for hot, attic air shooting out of electrical outlets, ventilation fans and air vents. After months of crazy-high electric bills, we decided to get to the bottom of why it was costing so darn much to cool our rather […]
On April 4th, the architecture and planning firm of Weber + Thompson will move into its new headquarters, located at the intersection of Thomas Street and Terry Avenue in the South Lake Union neighborhood of downtown Seattle. The firm sees its new headquarters as an emblem of its sustainable approach to architecture. The most innovative […]