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Fighting with South-Facing Windows

June 13, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

You know, back when it was cold out (and, this being Colorado, that was last month), my south-facing windows were awesome. They let in tons of light and kept the entire place snug and warm. I barely even needed to break out the blankets!

Nextreme Wireless Power Generator Kit at Sensors Expo 2011

June 13, 2011 8:02 am | Videos | Comments

Karl von Gunten, Director of Marketing at Nextreme Thermal Solutions spends some time with ECN at Sensors Expo 2011 to demonstrate the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator and its evaluation kit with onboard energy storage

A Mentor’s Perspective on EcoCAR

June 11, 2011 10:07 am | by Pete Maloney, Mathworks, | Blogs | Comments

The stated mission of EcoCar is to find new ways to reduce the environmental impact of motor vehicles and prepare future engineering leaders for that task by providing


What Efficiency Information Do You Look for When You Buy a Vehicle?

June 9, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Gasoline vehicle label

Driving Home to a Clean Energy Future

June 7, 2011 7:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Working here at the Department of Energy, I hear a lot about the latest efforts to design and build vehicles for a more energy-efficient future. The clean energy innovations in vehicle technologies that DOE and its partners are advancing will help American families save money at the pump...

America's Home Energy Education Challenge

June 6, 2011 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Editor's Note: This entry has been cross-posted from DOE's Energy Blog.

Best for Batteries: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

June 4, 2011 2:23 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Thermal management is crucial in the development of new car batteries; NREL's Large-Volume Calorimeter helps prepare for a surge in electric vehicles.

Biden Says U.S. Will Lead Energy Revolution

June 4, 2011 2:23 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

New low licensing fees, partnerships between national labs and American entrepreneurs, are key, VP says during NREL visit.


Solar and Hydrogen Car Races Spark Imaginations

June 4, 2011 2:22 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Fun and enthusiasm fuel competitions that are among the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to encourage students to pursue science.

How Do You Ensure You Buy an Energy Efficient Computer?

June 2, 2011 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, John told you about purchasing an energy efficient netbook computer by looking for EPEAT Gold certification. ENERGY STAR® also lists computers that are more efficient to help you save energy and money.

June 2011 Supplement: Smart Grid & Alternate Energy

June 2, 2011 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out the June 2011 Smart Grid & Alternate Energy supplement.

Going for the Gold (Computer), Again

June 1, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my March 3, 2009 blog, it wasn't easy to locate and buy an EPEAT Gold desktop computer when I was in the market nearly three years ago. (For those of you new to the scene, the Green Electronics Council Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rates...

This Month on Energy Savers: May 2011

May 31, 2011 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

May went by faster than a cheetah chasing a gazelle! Spring is on our minds, and we've been talking about ways to make our commutes and vacations more efficient among other things. Here's a recap:


What Steps Do You Take to Drive Less?

May 26, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, we discussed biking to work and other things you can do to drive less and save more.

It's Time to ACT

May 25, 2011 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

In my November 29, 2010 and my February 15, 2011 blog postings, I described some tools and strategies based on behavioral psychology that some companies and organizations are using to encourage people to use less energy and purchase clean energy. Here's another one.

Drive Less, Save More

May 24, 2011 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

For someone who works in the Vehicle Technologies Program, I actually don't spend that much time in my automobile. I usually get around using a combination of public transit, my bike, and my own two feet. But I'm an exception. In the U.S., the vehicle miles travelled per person is...

Bike to Work - or Anywhere - for Fuel Savings

May 23, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I realized over the weekend that I missed National Bike to Work Day on Friday (and Bike to Work Week all last week), so I didn't get a chance to remind all of you blog readers to bike to work if you can! Even if you missed the national event, do some searching to see if your city has its...

How Would You Use a Smart Meter to Manage Your Energy Use?

May 19, 2011 4:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Andrea told you about smart meters and how they can help you monitor your home's energy usage.

Making Memorial Day Plans? Be Sure They're Efficient

May 17, 2011 7:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Memorial Day is coming up and there are many ways to honor the men and women who died in service to our country. You may be planning to attend a parade or ceremony, or maybe you're just planning to take a moment of silence to reflect and remember.

Smart Meters and a Smarter Grid

May 16, 2011 1:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Have you heard of smart meters? Do you understand them? If so, you've had a leg up on me until now. I've heard of smart meters here and there from the odd news article or website, but to me the grapevine has been more like an invisible beehive: all buzz and no honey. Where are they? Why...

How Do You Save Energy at Home While on Vacation?

May 12, 2011 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Chris discussed the steps he takes to ensure he is saving energy and money while he's on vacation and away from home.

Energy-Efficient Rebuilding After Tragedy: Inspiration from Greensburg, Kansas

May 10, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We discuss the weather a lot here on the Energy Savers Blog. It comes with the territory; seasonal temperature changes influence how we use energy in our homes. We also know that extreme weather can have big consequences; from health to finances to simple comfort, the weather has a huge...

Energy Savings in Intelligent Management Systems for Solar farms

May 10, 2011 7:04 am | by Jordi Torrebadell, Director of engineering –Americas, RECOM Power, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The formerly “green” energy efficiency topics are now a main stream issue – and not just post Fukushima. Solar and wind power continue to gain ground as alternatives to fossil fuel energy. New technologies in both control systems and power modules allow these new methods of energy harvesting to be more efficient...

Saving Energy and Money at Home while on Vacation

May 9, 2011 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Earth Day, Daylight Saving Time, and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday have me already looking forward to my annual summer "big trip." Before leaving town for extended periods of time, I always take some basic, small steps to save money and energy at home, including:

Energy Harvesting for Automotive Applications

May 9, 2011 10:51 am | by Dr. Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesters do not necessarily make sense in all potential applications where a battery is replaced. Battery technology is continuously advancing and due to volumes achieved, the price points reached are at levels where harvesters cannot compete.

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