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How Do You Save Energy When Working at Home?

January 27, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last week we talked a little about ways to save energy when working at home. Many people spend at least some time working from home. While telecommuting has many advantages, you also may be using a bit more energy than you would otherwise. So, tell us:

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Cyberwar goes mainstream

January 25, 2011 11:38 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Once upon a time thoughts of computer warfare were restricted to science fiction stories. The role of the computer in warfare, both traditional and non-conventional, has grown and expanded as technology enhanced capability. Now cyberwar has matured to the point where a recent virus attack on the Iranian nuclear program...

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Say Hello to Stricter TV Standards

January 25, 2011 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Two years ago, I described the ENERGY STAR® designation for television sets. Last month I explained how the Federal Trade Commission is requiring manufacturers to place yellow EnergyGuide labels on all television sets beginning later this year.

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Getting ever closer to the “Pocketable Computer”

January 24, 2011 6:20 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Comments

At this years Consumer Electronics show, the most interesting product I saw wasn’t a Windows 7 or an Android pad. Yawn. Perfectly fine products for sure, but not really new. Rather, simply a turn of the crank and put in an iPad like form factor.

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A Biofuels Revolution

January 24, 2011 6:03 am | by M. Simon | Comments

Biotechnology firm Joule Unlimited may have come up with a game changer in the quest for economically viable biofuels. Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.

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Got a Question? See if We Have an Answer!

January 24, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Have you ever had a question - maybe about energy efficiency, renewable energy, the Department of Energy, or the like - and not had any idea where to find the answer? Have you ever gone through the EERE website and not known where to find what you're looking for?

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Engineering can be soooo frustrating!

January 20, 2011 8:48 am | by Mike Brace, EV World.com | Comments

When I think back to my early years as a jet pilot in the Marine Corps I usually close my eyes, put my grin on, and imagine myself slipping those surly bonds of earth once again as a means to escape the complexities of life.

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How Would You Use Your Mobile Device to Save Energy?

January 20, 2011 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon told you about some mobile tools on FuelEconomy.gov that can help you find and compare fuel efficient vehicles.

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Energy 112: Ethanol

January 19, 2011 4:09 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

No discussion about energy sources would be complete these days without saying something about the alcohol based fuels. The bulk of these come in two general forms: ‘methanol’ . . . also known as “wood” alcohol, and ‘ethanol’ . . . also called “grain” alcohol.

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Fuel Economy on the Fly

January 18, 2011 10:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

With the North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicking off the auto-show circuit last week, manufacturers are unveiling their future models. If you're inspired and in the market for a new car, FuelEconomy.gov can help you pick the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your needs....

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How to Save Energy When Working from Home

January 17, 2011 2:23 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I am lucky enough to be able to work from my home one or two days per week. I always enjoy these days; not only do I avoid my stressful commute, but I always get a lot of work done without the regular distractions of the office. More offices are allowing their workers this kind of...

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EcoCAR Challenge Countdown - The Road to the Finals

January 14, 2011 6:02 am | by John Kruckenberg, Ohio State University | Comments

The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.

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How Do You Use a Space Heater Efficiently?(4)

January 13, 2011 4:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Andrea explored the question of space heaters and found that there are many factors to consider when deciding whether to use a space heater or central heating system.

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Happy (But Cold) New Year(5)

January 11, 2011 4:24 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's gotten chilly in Washington, D.C., but that's probably old news to most of the country. I was thinking about it this morning, though, when there was a definite draft whistling from my bedroom windows. My family lives in a condo, so we have limited options for replacing the windows...

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Chinese fifth-gen fighter shatters U.S. illusions

January 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

China held the first test flight of its fifth-generation J-20 fighter today. Lifting off at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), the Chengdu J-20 recorded a flight time of about 18 minutes. This can’t be overstated—the J-20 could seriously alter the balance of power in the Pacific. When Secretary Gates capped the F-22 Raptor at 187 planes, it was based on the presumption that the era of conventional warfare was over.

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