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How Do You Reduce the Time You Spend Idling?

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

On Tuesday, Shannon discussed some efforts by Clean Cities, parents, and students to reduce the time that parents spend idling in school parking lots. Some schools have even become idle-free zones. The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center offers a few tips for reducing...

Schools Move Forward with Idle Reduction

November 2, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

With schools back in session returns the inevitable procession of parents waiting for their children in parking lots. Unfortunately, many of these parents idle their vehicles, wasting fuel and producing both smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions. As children are particularly...

Time to Talk about Home Energy Assessments Again!

November 1, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Energy audits, energy assessments, home energy checkups… They're all the same thing, and we've talked about them quite a lot on this blog already. But whatever you call it, the idea's the same: When you get a home energy assessment, a professional runs a series of checks on your...


This Month on Energy Savers: October 2010

October 29, 2010 6:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's been a busy Energy Awareness Month at Energy Savers, and we thought it would be useful to cover some of the highlights from and the Energy Savers Blog.

How Do You Save Energy in the Kitchen?

October 28, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy pointed you to a video Q&A session in which Energy Secretary Steven Chu answered some reader-submitted questions. One of the questions that Secretary Chu answered was about dishwashing. He confirmed that using a dishwasher does, in fact, save energy and water over...

Power Saving With Digital Power Technology

October 27, 2010 5:42 am | by James Xie, Jerry Zhai, and Jason Duan, Power Management Products, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Why is saving energy so important? Saving power reduces carbon dioxide emissions, produces a better environment, promotes a greener lifestyle, and reduces the cost of applications where the electric bill is significant, especially if air conditioning is required to remove dissipated heat.

Eglin completes second alternate fuel test

October 26, 2010 5:52 am | by Chrissy Cuttita, Eglin Air Force Base Public Affairs | News | Comments

Specialists at Eglin Air Force Base conducted their second aircraft performance evaluation using an environmentally-friendly, biomass-derived fuel, this time with an F-15 Eagle. The jet flew at a variety of flight conditions, achieved supersonic speeds, and landed with no issues, though it was powered with a hydro-processed renewable jet blend fuel Oct. 22...

General Electric Adopts Advanced Telemetry’s ‘EcoView Residential’ Energy Management System

October 26, 2010 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Telemetry (, developer of the EcoView smart energy management system for light commercial and residential applications, today announced that General Electric Co.  has adopted its “EcoView Residential” solution...


Secretary Chu Gets His Green On

October 25, 2010 10:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's not every day that you get to ask a question about home energy efficiency of a Nobel Prize winning physicist who also just happens to be the current Secretary of Energy. But not long ago, a few lucky folks got to do just that. Earlier this month, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu...

DC-DC converters reduce footprint by 50% over current designs

October 25, 2010 9:57 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions is set to change the shape of 1 Watt isolated surface-mount DC-DC converters. The introduction of its new high performance MTU1 series marks a step-change in the miniaturization of power modules, setting new standards for footprint, load regulation and efficiency.

Taking batteries green

October 25, 2010 9:25 am | by Thomas Blaha, Memory Protection Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As more information becomes available about the long-term effects of environmental degradation caused by our industrialized society, governments and industry associations worldwide will be forced to start taking increasingly pro-active measures to help protect the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

Energy Metering IC Protects Smart Meters Against Tampering

October 25, 2010 6:03 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting customers around the world who are designing smart meters and implementing smart grid systems, Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today introduced an energy metering IC...

What Are Your Thoughts on Electric Vehicles?

October 21, 2010 5:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, Erin told you about some pilot programs to install residential and commercial charging stations throughout the United States. These pilot programs will help researchers determine where the best locations are for these charging stations (outside the home). With the ramp-up in...


Solar panels achieve conversion rate of 16.5%

October 19, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is expanding its portfolio of energy-harvesting components with new monocrystalline solar panels for portable applications. Compared to their predecessors, the new solar panels of the models LR0GC11 and LR0GC13 achieve a one-third better efficiency and a conversion rate of 16.5%.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Coming soon to a City Near You

October 19, 2010 8:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I recently attended AARP’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida as an exhibitor with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The event hosted over 20,000 attendees, several of whom provided great feedback at the exhibit booth - just...

Lighting Science Group wins bid to relight Salt Lake City

October 18, 2010 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lighting Science Group’s (OTCBB: LSCG) high-performance PROLIFIC series LED street lights will soon line the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah. Compared with traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights, the PROLIFIC LED series street lights are 50% more efficient...

Winter Is Coming. Get Busy Saving Energy!

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

It's been a long, hot summer in Washington, D.C., but we're finally starting to slide into autumn and cooler weather. You might have noticed that we've already changed our seasonal tips page over to "Stay Warm, Save Money," so now is a good time to look at your house and car and think about winter.

Energy Metering Chip Provides 32-bit ARM-based Solution

October 14, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP unveiled the EM773 energy metering IC – presented as the world’s first 32-bit ARM-based solution designed specifically for non-billing electricity metering applications.

Which Energy Resources Would You Like Translated to Spanish?

October 14, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon told you about some of the EERE, Energy Savers, and federal government resources that are available in Spanish. We know that many other resources would be useful to Spanish speakers, but we want to know which are the top priorities. So tell us:

Sailing into the Mainstream of Energy and Water Efficiency, Affordably

October 13, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I took off work on Friday, September 10, to have a 3-day weekend with my wife visiting a research center in Virginia Beach. After consulting Virginia's green lodging Web site, my wife and I jotted down nearly a dozen participating hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts not far from the...

Saving Energy in Spanish

October 12, 2010 12:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments


Power Film Capacitors Enable Advancements in Hybrid Vehicles

October 8, 2010 8:02 am | by Chris Reynolds, Technical Marketing Manager, AVX Corporation | Articles | Comments

Within the last few years, designers have established a solid powertrain foundation for hybrid vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). All major auto manufactures see the hybrid and electric vehicle market as one continuing to enjoy steady growth.

Air Force officials kick-off energy awareness month

October 7, 2010 9:44 am | by 2nd Lt. Meredith Kirchoff, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs | News | Comments

The undersecretary of the Air Force helped launch the federal government's energy awareness month at the U.S. Air Force Academy here Oct. 1. Erin C. Conaton, accompanied by Terry Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, chose the Academy as the location to highlight the Air Force's energy efforts...

How Are You Observing Energy Awareness Month?

October 7, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

October is Energy Awareness Month, and we think a great way to celebrate would be to make an improvement that gets you a tax credit. But there are plenty of other ways you could observe Energy Awareness Month help spread the word about saving energy. So tell us:

NIST 'Vision Science Facility' Aims for Lighting Revolution

October 6, 2010 9:34 am | News | Comments

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have become popular with backpackers and cyclists who mount them on headbands for a reliable, hands-free source of illumination. Now, a new lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is helping to bring these tiny but brilliant devices into your home...

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