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Energy-Saving Projects in My Community

August 23, 2011 1:28 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Working in the communications office at the Department of Energy, I’m always researching, writing, and talking about our latest initiatives. Topics run the gamut - from student-led solar competitions to engineering breakthroughs in electric vehicle design. I’ve learned that...

Power supplies include input range of 120 to 277 Vac

August 23, 2011 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power today announced a new series of high efficiency power supplies for LED lighting, the LDS25 series. The new 25 watt series joins the company's LDS70 series 70 watt products for this fast-growing market.

Oh, the Joys of Energy-Inefficient Smartphone Ownership!

August 22, 2011 10:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

So, I recently purchased my first smartphone. For the most part, I love the daylights out of it. But you know what? Its battery life is horrible


The benefits of solid state lighting

August 19, 2011 6:18 am | by Irene Signorino, Director of Marketing, Microsemi Corporation ( | Blogs | Comments

The benefits of LEDs are driving adoption in a wide range of general illumination applications due to the unique characteristics of this novel light source. The reasons for choosing LED are many, but the deciding factor is strongly dependent on where the fixture is used.

Have You Taken Advantage of These Incentives Yet?

August 18, 2011 5:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Andrea showcased the new Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) incentive search widget, which people can use to quickly find rebates and other incentives for purchasing renewable energy or energy-efficient items for their homes and businesses....

Let's Create More Efficient Electronic Systems Together

August 18, 2011 5:17 am | by Eric Persson, Executive Director FAE, International Rectifier ( | Blogs | Comments

IR was founded on the principles of energy efficiency back in 1947, and our founder’s 1912 Baker electric car (which IR modified to become the world’s first solar-powered car in 1958) is still on display at our Temecula wafer Fab.

Low Emission Cars Under NREL's Microscope

August 17, 2011 10:27 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

National laboratory researchers put advanced vehicles through their paces and give consumers a taste of promising technologies.

Molex Innovative Interconnects Power UMsolar Car on 1,800 Mile Outback Journey

August 17, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated enthusiastically endorses the University of Michigan Solar Car team (UMsolar) in its bid to win the 2011 World Solar Challenge.  Hosted in Australia, the biannual competition takes place October 16-23, 2011.


Saving Money on Your Energy-Saving Upgrades

August 16, 2011 9:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Summer is one of the best times of the year to get motivated to make those energy efficiency upgrades on your to-do list, and the Department of Energy can point you to some incentives to make the initial investment more affordable. Energy-saving products will save you considerable money...

New Local Incentive Search Widget: DSIRE

August 15, 2011 8:30 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The Energy Savers mailbox gets requests for the latest in tax credits, appliance rebates, and other energy efficiency incentives on a regular basis. So when the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) released its new incentive search widget, we were thrilled...

CEVA Leads Israeli Smart Grid Consortium for the Advancement of Smart Grid Technologies

August 15, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

CEVA announced that the Israeli Smart Grid (ISG) Consortium which it helped spearhead has received the backing of the Israeli Chief Scientist under its MAGNET R&D Program. The group consists of seven industrial partners and five academic institutions.

Solid state lighting benefits the specialized medical illumination arena

August 11, 2011 6:09 am | by Joel Falcone, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Lighting, Excelitas Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Excelitas Technologies envisions a broad spectrum of promising application areas that will benefit from the integration of solid state lighting but perhaps the most exciting and promising area is in the specialized medical illumination arena.

How Much Energy does Your TV Set Use?

August 11, 2011 2:28 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Andrea compared the energy use of TVs with traditional incandescent light bulbs and talked about the heat coming off her TV set.


Brainstorm: Solid State Lighting

August 9, 2011 8:23 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Articles | Comments

What application area will benefit most from the integration of solid state lighting?

Duke Energy Research: Enabling a More Intelligent Grid

August 9, 2011 6:31 am | News | Comments

Duke Energy released a new white paper, Developing the Communications Platform to Enable a More Intelligent Grid, which outlines an innovative approach for modernizing our electricity grid.

NREL Mentors Keep It Real For Summer Interns

August 9, 2011 6:30 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Student interns at NREL have a unique opportunity for hands-on research and their mentors learn a thing or two along the way.

LED spotlights include dimmer option and four beam angles

August 9, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

FZLED reveals a stunning new range of 22-Watt LED Spotlights featuring cutting edge long-lifetime high power Cree LEDs. The PAR38-03 series is a simple money-saving plug-and-play replacement for inefficient traditional lights in E27/E26 sockets.

Feeling the Heat... From My TV Set

August 8, 2011 11:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

How many light bulbs does it take to equal the power output of a TV set? Or is it the other way around?

Will China Take Over the Inverter Market?

August 8, 2011 6:28 am | News | Comments

Sungrow. It’s not a name you hear all the time at solar conferences at the moment, but give it a few years. The Hefei, China-based company is the first of what could become a wave of inverter makers from China using that time-tested formula...

Have You Seen Our New Interactive Facebook Promotions?

August 4, 2011 3:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

If you haven't seen the Energy Savers Facebook page in a while, you'll want to check it out.

TI Achieves Certification of ZigBee Alliance’s Smart Energy 1.1 Profile Implementation

August 3, 2011 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced that it achieved ZigBee Certified status for its ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 standard implementation, recently introduced by the ZigBee Alliance. TI is pleased to announce the availability of its new Z-Stack 2.5.0 with support for ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1, geared towards home area networks (HAN).

Power supplies deliver up to 89% efficiency

August 3, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 80 watt GRN series power supplies from IPD are the first in a family of products that provide high efficiency over the complete load curve. Providing one to four outputs for industrial and medical applications, the GRN-80 series delivers up to 89% efficiency at full load...

IMS Research Raises PV Demand Forecast for 2011 to Over 22GW

August 2, 2011 6:06 am | News | Comments

Despite a very weak start to the year, IMS Research has recently increased its forecast for the full year by more than 1 GW and predicts more than 22 GW of new PV capacity will be added in 2011.

Prototype LED Lamp Delivers More Than1,300 Lumens at 152 Lumens per Watt

August 1, 2011 6:02 am | News | Comments

Cree, Inc. (unveiled a concept LED light bulb from its lighting research and development team. Redefining what is possible with high-performance LED lighting, the lamp delivers more than 1,300 lumens at 152 lumens per watt (LPW) using Cree TrueWhite Technology. Cree's prototype LED light bulb exceeds

“Saving Money by Saving Energy” Goes National

August 1, 2011 4:28 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks ago the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council launched a national education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills. Videos, tips, an “energy savings IQ” quiz, and a photo gallery on Facebook - as well as videos posted on You Tube...

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