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Why Are Your Lights on All Day Long?

December 21, 2010 4:59 am | by Ron Flores, WECC (www.worldenergycontrol.com) | Comments

Why do you turn on all your facility’s lights, at full brightness, every day?  Actually, why do you turn your lights off in the first place?

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Energy 111: Magneto Hydrodynamics and Total Energy Systems

December 20, 2010 4:22 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

Don’t let the title scare you into excluding this from your reading schedule. An attempt will be made to simplify the concept and its uses. Let’s start by calling them MHD and TES respectively for short. Many practical applications of TES were evolved from its age-old principles over a half century ago...

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Tax Credits, Appliance Rebates, and the End of 2010

December 20, 2010 2:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Confused about the tax credits and appliance rebates? Worried you'll run out of time for both? Here's the straight story on what is going on and when:Federal Tax Credits – download the fact sheetThese tax credits are intended to help homeowners install energy-efficient equipment....

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CES Survival Guide

December 16, 2010 6:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Every year, there’s one convention that unites geeks, technophiles, engineers, and techies of all stripes—the Consumer Electronics Show. Quite simply, it’s the geek mecca. Each year, over 100,000 attendees make the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for 3-6 days of flashy lights, spiffy new tech, and booth babes. Yet for the newbie, CES can be overwhelming...

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CES, Prepare for Success

December 16, 2010 3:50 am | by Anonymous | Comments

It doesn’t seem possible, but it’s time for the consumer electronics industry’s annual classic – CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Depending on how you approach them, events like CES can be a tremendous opportunity, a waste of time, a challenge, disaster, torture or the most profitable time you've spent all year.

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How Do You Reduce Energy Use from Computers and Electronics?

December 16, 2010 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, John discussed some ways to reduce the energy used by computers and electronics. Some tips include ensuring your computer is configured for optimal energy savings, turning off devices that aren't in use, and using "smart" power strips.

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Deck Those Halls!

December 14, 2010 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's mid-December, so odds are good you've already decorated your home for the holidays. If so, you're ahead of me; it took us about three days to get the lights on the tree and we still have items to put up at home, not to mention lots of Christmas cards to send out.

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Psst. Confess. Are YOU Guilty?

December 13, 2010 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The average home in 1980 had only three electronic devices. That was 30 years ago. Since then, the electronics industry has grown into a major powerhouse industry. Do you have any idea of how many small devices you have plugged into sockets around the house? It seems that we all are...

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Smart Grid Drives Smart Appliance Development

December 10, 2010 8:11 am | by Elizabeth Cruz, Appliance Analyst at IMS Research (www.imsresearch.com) | Comments

With the ongoing development of the Smart Grid, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding smart appliances; devices that can modify their operation following signals from an electricity company.

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Security in Smartphones

December 10, 2010 7:48 am | by Martin Bakal, IBM Rational (www.IBM.com/Rational) | Comments

The smartphone market is expected to increase 24.5% in 2011, as projected by IDC. Managing security will be a big concern and key area of focus for most mobile companies going forward. Companies who address this concern successfully will most likely capture the market share.

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What Energy-Saving Gifts Are You Giving this Year?

December 9, 2010 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

'Tis the season for giving gifts, and there are lots of options for items that could help your loved one save energy. Consumer Reports had a few ideas for the energy geek in your life, and even if you aren't looking specifically for an energy-related gadget, efficiency might still be on...

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Domestic 'Fourslide' Parts Fabrication Slashes Inventory Costs

December 9, 2010 4:50 am | by Ed Sullivan | Comments

If you're sourcing stamped metal parts from overseas, you may be required to order far more than you really need. Using fourslide fabrication can eliminate that requirement. If you're sourcing metal stampings from overseas locations such as China, you're most likely buying in large volumes, perhaps containerloads.

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Country-Fried Biofuels

December 7, 2010 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Every Thanksgiving, we hear stories about an imprudent cook deep frying a turkey inside, resulting in fiery disaster. But a more humdrum risk of deep-frying is improperly disposing of the grease. Pouring it down the drain, which can clog municipal pipes and pollute local waterways, is...

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Live Chat with the EERE Information Center

December 6, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

If you're an Energy Savers blog reader, hopefully you're also taking the opportunity to comment on the posts you read. Not only do the Energy Savers bloggers love to hear your feedback and answer your questions, commenting on the posts gives you a great opportunity to interact online with...

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What Improvements Have You Made for an Energy Efficiency Tax Credit?

December 2, 2010 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday when Andrea highlighted the November happenings on Energy Savers, she mentioned that the federal energy efficiency tax credits are set to expire at the end of this year.

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