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How Are You Celebrating Earth Day?

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

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 40th anniversary of celebrating Earth Day, and we hope you're getting into the spirit and committing to protecting the environment and saving energy. Check out EERE's Earth Day Web site and interactive animation for some great ideas and information to get...

Solar Cell Breakthough uses Continuous-flow Microreactors

April 21, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells - an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste.

Get the Family in on the Energy-Saving Act

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

It's no wonder that many of Earth Day's most ardent supporters are children. Environmental education is growing into a fixture in classrooms across the United States. Students are often eager to put their lessons in sustainability into practice at home.

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Celebrate Earth Day!

April 20, 2010 9:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Earth Day is a great time to commit to protecting the environment and saving money and energy at home. This year, April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Ideas for What to Do this Earth Day

April 19, 2010 2:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's finally beginning to warm up again! Of course, given that I live in Colorado, where it can snow through May, I probably just jinxed myself. But no matter! It's spring, it's beautiful out, and that means it's time to yet again break out the spring version of Stay Cool, Save Money!

Hydrogen still in the eco-car race

April 19, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

Hydrogen, one of Earth's most abundant elements, once was seen as green energy's answer to the petroleum-driven car: easy to produce, available everywhere and nonpolluting when burned. Hydrogen energy was defeated by a mountain of obstacles - the fear of explosion by the highly flammable gas, the difficulty of carrying the fuel in large, heavy tanks in the vehicle...

Key Benefits of Next-Gen UV-LED Tech

April 16, 2010 8:33 am | by Richard Halliday, Director of Sales and Marketing, Lumex | Articles | Comments

Despite the potential hazards of ultraviolet light, the UV spectrum is proving to have many beneficial effects in a multitude of areas, offering a wide range of advantages to a diverse number of applications.

How Do You Think Students and College Campuses Could Promote Energy Savings?

April 15, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Eric told you about various efforts at colleges and universities across the country to teach students about saving energy and make campuses more energy efficient. Students don't always think about their energy use, especially if they're living in campus housing and not directly...

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$100 Million Allocated for Smart Grid Workforce Training and Development

April 13, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today that the Department of Energy is announcing award selections for nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce training programs that will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries.

Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free

April 13, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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.

Universities Across the United States Make Strides in Energy Education

April 12, 2010 10:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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.

What Is Your Experience with Composting?

April 8, 2010 8:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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...

Solar-powered craft aims for perpetual flight

April 8, 2010 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

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Dow Corning and imec collaborate on silicon solar cells

April 7, 2010 8:36 am | News | Comments

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.

Composting with My Wiggly Friends - or, The Great Escape That Never Happened

April 6, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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 -...

Connect with EERE and Energy Savers on Facebook

April 5, 2010 6:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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,...

What Improvements Did You Make After a Home Energy Assessment?

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

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 -...

Secretary Chu Announces $37.5 Million Available for Joint U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research

March 30, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

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.

AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models

March 30, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

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.

Everything You Need to Know about Home Energy Assessments

March 30, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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...

GAO Finds Incompetence and Fraud in EPA Energy Star Program

March 30, 2010 3:43 am | by by Susan Kraemer, cleantechnica.com | Blogs | Comments

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.

Energy Tax Credits: Secretary Chu is Spreading the Word, and You Should, Too!

March 29, 2010 4:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

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.

What’s Smart about the Smart Grid?

March 26, 2010 1:39 pm | by Paul L. Schimel PE, Senior FAE, International Rectifier (www.irf.com) | Articles | Comments

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

NREL's New Robots Scrutinize Solar Cells

March 26, 2010 9:37 am | News | Comments

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 Buildings Receive Energy Star Recognition

March 26, 2010 9:33 am | News | Comments

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...

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