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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

How Do You Finance Energy-Saving Improvements?

May 5, 2011 7:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, we discussed how consumers are financing solar energy systems and the new PowerSaver pilot loan program, which will help consumers finance energy-saving improvements for their homes. When making home improvements, cost is almost always a consideration, and sometimes upfront...

New fuel from old straw

May 4, 2011 7:03 am | News | Comments

Straw that farmers would normally leave to rot or simply burn is now being turned into second-generation biofuels. At the landmark Inbicon plant in Kalundborg, Denmark, Innovation magazine shows how the newest developments in enzyme and processing technology...

Watch For New PowerSaver Pilot Loan Program in Your Area

May 3, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

For anybody who has heard about the many benefits of upgrading your home with an energy efficient water heater or furnace - or has wanted to make simple energy-saving home improvements such as insulating their attic, sealing their ducts, and installing better doors and windows - there may...

How are Homeowners and Businesses Paying for Solar Energy Systems?

May 2, 2011 2:23 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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

NREL Adds Giant Wind Turbine to Research Site

April 29, 2011 12:22 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

New 3 megawatt machine towering over the National Wind Technology Center could lead to more reliable turbines, less expensive power.

This Month on Energy Savers: April 2011

April 29, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

April has been a busy month for Energy Savers! The biggest draw was Earth Day, which we celebrate all month on the blog and website. Here's a recap of April along with a few other tidbits:

Antarctica's Ice Puts Electric Vehicles to Test

April 29, 2011 2:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

If these electric vehicles can survive in Antarctica, they could help establish a fleet to offset fossil fuel use in an environmentally sensitive research area.

85- to 250-W Medical and IT Power Supplies Reach 92 Percent Efficiency

April 28, 2011 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power launched its AHM Series of external AC/DC power supplies aimed at a broad range of medical and IT applications. The series comprises five single-output ranges of 85-, 100-, 150-, 180- or 250-W output, and provides the popular nominal outputs from +12 to + 48 VDC.

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