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Are You Participating in Bike-to-Work Day?

May 20, 2010 5:20 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Tomorrow is Bike-to-Work Day! Bike-to-Work Day is held each year on the third Friday in May to promote bicycles as an alternative commuting option. Biking to work is a great way to fit in some exercise, use less fuel, and save on your overall transportation costs.

Alix Paultre on Solid State Lighting

May 19, 2010 10:36 am | Videos | Comments

Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief, ECN Magazine, provides his take on Solid State Lighting at LIGHTFAIR 2010. Courtesy of OSRAM.

Research predicts rebound in energy efficiency spending

May 18, 2010 5:24 am | by Jennifer Layke, Director of the Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls | Articles | Comments

Despite tight budgets and limited capital availability, North American business executives and managers are putting their faith behind the value of energy efficiency. Recent research shows commercial buildings consume 18 percent of the energy and 35 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. each year.

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EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

May 18, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

While most college students' experience with vehicles goes no further than the beater they picked up for a few thousand dollars, students participating in the EcoCAR: The NeXT Challenge competition get to experience the cutting-edge of driving technology. The competition, which was...

Vampire Power and Gaming

May 17, 2010 10:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

(No, this post has nothing to do with a certain twenty-four-year-old, side-scrolling action game series.)

How Do You Shade Your Home in the Summer?

May 13, 2010 3:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about some ways you can use shade to keep your home cool in the spring and summer. Some people are lucky enough to have a lot of trees for natural shade, while others of us have to create our own.

DEFINITY LED Bulbs Achieve 770 Lumens

May 13, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Lighting Science Group unveiled a DEFINITY line 9 watt LED A19 bulb that will retail in the low $30 range and is a direct replacement for America’s most commonly used 60 watt incandescent bulb. Stunning the competition, Lighting Science Group’s breakthrough 770 lumen DEFINITY LED bulb surpasses the U.S. Department of Energy’s benchmark testing of a 60 watt equivalency (739 lumens)...

Cruising to Energy Savings This Summer Driving Season

May 11, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My dad is obsessed with fuel efficiency. I joked with him on a recent road trip that when he retires, he'll have more time to pursue his dream career as a fuel-economy promoter. Well guess what, I just found the treasure trove of information on smart driving that's going to make his whole...

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A Little Shade Can Go a Long Way

May 10, 2010 8:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Spring is my favorite time of year. The snow (finally!) stops, the temperature is perfect, and everything is colorful again. We rarely need to turn on the heat or air conditioner to stay comfortable at home, and there's nothing better than a relaxing evening on the deck.

How Do You Save on Lighting Costs?

May 6, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Amy discussed ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures and how they can you save on lighting costs. Lighting accounts for roughly 11% of a typical residential utility bill, so it's worth seeking ways to reduce your energy use and costs. ENERGY STAR fixtures, efficient lighting choices,...

Energy Harvesting for a Greener Environment

May 5, 2010 9:07 am | by Michele Kinman, Energy Harvesting, www.energyharvesting.net | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting is the process of capturing and accumulating byproduct energy as the energy becomes available, storing the energy for a period of time and conditioning it into a form that can be used later – such as operating a microprocessor with in its limits.

Checking in on Solar Decathlon 2011

May 4, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This past October, we wrote a lot about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. If you haven't heard of the Solar Decathlon, it's a competition held every two years that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective,...

Energy Star Lighting Fixtures: How Does THAT Work?

May 3, 2010 8:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My husband and I spent a lazy Saturday in a lighting showroom a few weekends ago. We've been working on a project to replace all the lighting fixtures in our home for a couple of years now, so we seem to spend a lot of time in lighting showrooms. But that particular Saturday was a bit...

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Why You Should Care About Green Storage

April 30, 2010 6:16 am | by Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of enterprise storage solutions, WD | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of talk about going “green” lately, and while it is noble, timely and responsible to save the environment from excessive green house gases, in these tough economic times, it can be equally as responsible to lower energy and power costs.

What Do You Think of Electric 'Cars of the Future'?

April 29, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon wrote about plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and all-electric vehicles. DOE is has a number of projects in the works to encourage development and adoption of these vehicles. While the flying "cars of the future" we imagined in years past have not come to fruition,...

Electrifying Your Drive

April 27, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

For anyone who grew up watching The Jetsons (or Back to the Future, depending on your generation), the "Car of the Future!" flew through the skies with the greatest of ease. Although most of us have given up on our hopes of a flying car, anything beyond the internal combustion engine has...

Appliance Rebates: Frequently Asked Questions

April 26, 2010 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The appliance rebate program has been wildly successful in many states. So successful, in fact, that people have plenty of questions and aren’t always finding the answers they need. Whether you’re just learning about the appliance rebate program or have some nagging questions,...

Green Computing Helps in Zero Energy Equation

April 23, 2010 5:41 am | News | Comments

It's a daunting challenge erecting the largest net-zero-energy office building in the world. It's especially daunting when that building will be full of people computing, teleconferencing, and generating teraflops of information about renewable energy.

54 Universities Compete in EPA’s Green Power Challenge

April 23, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

For the fourth year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania has emerged as the top individual school in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2009-2010 College and University Green Power Challenge. The university beat out 53 other universities by purchasing more than 192 million kilowatt hours (KWh) of green power, or 46 percent of their power purchases.

Queen’s Award Presented to DuPont for Increasing Efficiency of Solar Cells

April 22, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Her Majesty the Queen, head of state of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, has awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category to DuPont for the continuous development of DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization paste.

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day?

April 22, 2010 5:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 40th anniversary of celebrating Earth Day, and we hope you're getting into the spirit and committing to protecting the environment and saving energy. Check out EERE's Earth Day Web site and interactive animation for some great ideas and information to get...

Solar Cell Breakthough uses Continuous-flow Microreactors

April 21, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells - an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste.

Get the Family in on the Energy-Saving Act

April 21, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's no wonder that many of Earth Day's most ardent supporters are children. Environmental education is growing into a fixture in classrooms across the United States. Students are often eager to put their lessons in sustainability into practice at home.

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 20, 2010 9:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Earth Day is a great time to commit to protecting the environment and saving money and energy at home. This year, April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Ideas for What to Do this Earth Day

April 19, 2010 2:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's finally beginning to warm up again! Of course, given that I live in Colorado, where it can snow through May, I probably just jinxed myself. But no matter! It's spring, it's beautiful out, and that means it's time to yet again break out the spring version of Stay Cool, Save Money!

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