What activity wastes gasoline, costs money, produces pollutants, and yet doesn't get you anywhere? Idling! And yet, every year, Americans waste 3 billion gallons of fuel by idling their vehicles.
When I was in college, money wasn't exactly flying in the door. I ate enough frozen pizza to last a lifetime in the name of fiscal responsibility. But there were certainly better ways to save money than changing my diet, and now I know a few of them.
On Tuesday, John told you about his experience with composting and vermiculture - or composting with worms. John pointed out that communities use a lot of energy pumping and treating water and wastewater, and composting can help avoid sending so much food and water through the water...
The solar-powered Impulse HB-SIA completed its maiden voyage on Wednesday. The 90-minute flight reached an altitude of 5,500 feet, over a mile above the Swiss countryside, with an average speed of 44 mph (70 kph). This is the first step towards an ambitious goal: travel around the world by 2012.
Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, signed a three-year contract with imec to perform joint research on next generations of crystalline silicon solar cells. In the framework of imec’s industrial affiliation program (IIAP) on silicon solar cells, Dow Corning has joined several program activities.
It's hard for many of us of the "me" generation to think about being careful and conserving energy, even when it directly affects our pocketbooks. We leave the lights and television on when there's no one in the room, despite the fact that this specific action - or lack of action -...
As a communicator, I'm constantly amazed how social media continues to impact consumers' lives in new and surprising ways. Social networks reach an estimated 940 million people around the world, according to a January 2010 research study by a European Internet research firm. Politicians,...
On Tuesday, Elizabeth pointed you to some resources on home energy assessments, also known as home energy audits. If you've never had one, Energy Savers has a new video describing what you can expect from a professional home energy assessment. If you have done a home energy assessment -...
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the availability of $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Funding from the Department of Energy will be matched by the grantees to support $75 million in total U.S. research that will focus on advancing technologies for building energy efficiency, clean coal including carbon capture and storage, and clean vehicles.
Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models – one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards.
We've talked an awful lot about home energy assessments (or "energy audits") here on this blog. So if you've been following us for a while, you already know the drill: You spend a bit of money on an assessment, you get a detailed analysis of where your house is wasting energy, and you...
While much of the Energy Star program is sound, and has led to real quantifiable energy savings over time, over the last four years, alarm bells have been sounding on the increasingly lax certification process.
As we've mentioned many times on the Energy Savers blog, you can receive up to $1,500 in tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements like adding insulation, installing energy efficient windows, or replacing water heaters.
The statistics vary, but all seem to be in agreement that nearly 30 to 40% of the present load base on the grid is caused by induction motors
The race to build a better solar cell is looping through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where new robots are fabricating thin-film cells and analyzing glitches faster and with more precision than ever before. How much faster? The robot working with silicon can build a semi-conductor on a six-inch-square plate of glass, plastic or flexible metal in about 35 minutes.
Boston and New England businesses are again being recognized by EPA’s Energy Star program for their commitment to save energy and money through energy efficiency. Continuing the impressive growth of the past several years, in 2009 nearly 3,900 commercial buildings nationwide earned the Energy Star label...
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it had issued subpoenas to three companies who were identified as selling certain torchiere lamps that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.
US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and US Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that the two agencies, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, will cooperate more closely and align priorities to support the development of environmentally sustainable hydropower.
Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announces that its high brightness LEDs are used in Lighthouse Technologies' high definition video screens installed this season in the American Airlines Center, the Dallas home to both the NBA's Mavericks and NHL's Stars.
On Tuesday, Amy pointed you to some resources that will help you learn more about your state's energy profile. Check out some of the resources she mentioned, and tell us:
Fort Sam Houston received 20 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in January as part of a larger plan to replace petroleum-based DoD vehicles with more “energy-efficient” transportation. The Army plans on replacing up to 28,000 gas-powered ground support vehicles with electric vehicles at more than 155 Army installations worldwide.
An Energy Empowers story that was recently highlighted on the EERE home page detailed Kentucky's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and generally curb the state's "energy appetite." The story caught my eye as I was born and raised in Kentucky's capital, and I still...
High throughput system can analyze enzymes, poplars, switch grass, thousands at a time to help determine which plants are best suited for biofuels.
NREL's new Open PV Web site lets users download information about installations, explore trends in photovoltaic markets.
This week, John told you about his experience with window shades that improve the energy efficiency of his windows. There are several things you can do to improve the efficiency of existing windows, including adding storm windows, caulking or weatherstripping, or using window treatments.