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Brrrrr. It's Cold In There!

March 2, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This winter has seemed like an especially long one to me. I'm ready to wear shorts and enjoy nice, long summer days. Alas, the reality is that it will probably be cold for at least another month here in Washington, D.C. All that cold air robs not only our jacketed bodies of warmth, but it...

Balancing Renewables and Natural Resources

March 2, 2010 6:22 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

NREL biologists test revegetation and wildlife protection strategies at new solar power array at the National Wind Technology Center.

Making Wind Turbines Builds Career Interest

March 2, 2010 6:22 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Good-paying jobs in renewable energy are important to the nation's future and don't all require a college degree, high school students learn.

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Light Inspires Energy Efficient Building Design

March 2, 2010 6:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

The use of daylighting drives the size of the NREL's new super energy efficient Research Support Facility as well as the features of its windows.

When Utility Bills Attack!

March 1, 2010 9:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It may come as a shock to my college math professor, but where my family's finances are concerned, I'm a budgeter. Just before a new month begins, I take some time to plan for the month's regular bills as well as any special events or holidays that might require setting some extra money...

Which Energy Empowers Story Has Inspired You?

February 25, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy pointed you to the great stories on the Energy Empowers Web site. Whether you're looking for stories from individuals, communities, or industry, something on the site is sure to strike a chord. So take a look at the site and tell us:

Secretive fuel-cell startup stirring hopes, doubts

February 24, 2010 8:13 am | News | Comments

A secretive Silicon Valley startup working on a new way to produce cleaner energy is taking the wraps off its product: a huge box of fuel cells that it hopes will allow homes and businesses to generate their own electricity.

Addressing the Needs of Today’s LED Lighting Manufacturers; Where Art Meets Engineering

February 24, 2010 4:10 am | Articles | Comments

To be a global leader in the electronics industry, a component distributor must support OEMs with technical information and engineering resources, while providing global logistics and inventory services that streamline the manufacturing process.

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Why Preparing Your Car For Winter Is a Good Idea (An Anecdote)

February 23, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This past month, we celebrated my little daughter's first birthday - which meant a trip from Virginia to New Jersey. Ordinarily, this isn't a major effort, but this was on the verge of the big snow storm on February 5. Naturally, we were a bit concerned about our travel prospects.

LED Backlight Costs Falling Faster than Conventional LCD Backlights

February 22, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

Most LCD panel and set makers are focusing on development of LED (light emitting diode) backlight units for improved visual performance, thinner form factor, and lower power consumption. The key issue has been reducing cost, in absolute terms and relative to the conventional CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) backlights. The newly-released DisplaySearch Quarterly LED & CCFL Backlight Cost Report, which is the only report to analyze and forecast the cost structure of CCFL and LED backlight costs, disclosed that the average cost of 40” edge LED backlight unit in Q1’10 is $118, and will fall to $100 by Q4’10 (see Figure 1). Cost reduction is driven by increasing production volumes, which affects LED and material costs, and by improvement in LED luminous intensity, which enables the use of fewer LED chips.

Envelope-tracking modules optimise system power consumption

February 22, 2010 9:25 am | News | Comments

Nujira announced that the company’s Coolteq.h family of Envelope-Tracking modules now directly interface with Texas Instruments’ GC5322 and GC5325 digital predistortion (DPD) transmit processors and development boards.

Get Fired Up with Energy Empowers

February 22, 2010 8:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The beauty of empowering another human being is that we never lose our own power in the process.Barbara Coloroso

Energy Savers in the Community: Fuel Cell Vehicle Pioneer

February 18, 2010 9:44 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

As the communications coordinator for EERE's Clean Cities program, I'm always on the lookout for interesting stories about alternative fuel vehicles. So when my church pastor, Todd Thomas, mentioned that he'd soon be driving a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, it caught my attention. What a...

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What Do You Think of Fuel Cell Vehicle Pilot Programs?

February 18, 2010 9:44 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, you read about Todd's experience with a fuel cell vehicle pilot program.

Where Do Your Current Efforts Fall on the Energy Use Pyramids?

February 11, 2010 2:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, John told you about some energy pyramids that are helpful in planning your steps toward efficiency and potentially, toward using renewable energy technologies. There are several pyramids out there, but the concepts are similar. Tell us

Drafty Windows: Is it Better to Insulate or Replace Them?

February 9, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I’ve lived in my condominium for several years, and though it naturally stays cooler in the summer (with all west-facing windows) I struggle to keep it warm in the winter without taking out a loan to pay utilities. Like any homeowner, I must answer the question: Is it better to try...

Energy-Storing Soccer Ball Scores Big in Off-Grid Villages

February 9, 2010 3:37 am | by Jeff Salton | News | Comments

What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...

Energy Pyramids: Useful Concepts, Not More Pyramid Schemes

February 8, 2010 12:54 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

At a December holiday party, the host handed me a newspaper clipping and asked me what I thought of the energy pyramid mentioned in the article. I hadn't read the article, so I told him I would read it and get back to him. Of course, when I found time to look into it, I didn't have the...

How Has Saving Energy Affected Your Health?

February 4, 2010 4:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We don't often speak of it in these terms, but saving energy can sometimes have a positive influence on your health. Maybe you're getting more exercise because you bike to work instead of drive, or you're getting more fresh air while jogging outside instead of on the treadmill (not to...

Plextek spins out Telensa street lighting venture

February 2, 2010 10:19 am | News | Comments

Plextek, the Cambridge-based electronics and communications design consultancy today announced a new spin out venture - Telensa Ltd. - focused on the commercialisation of a new cost effective wireless system for actively controlling, monitoring and metering large populations of outdoor street lights, so they can be managed with maximum energy and operational efficiency.

Sites I Thought About Last Wednesday

February 2, 2010 9:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Last Wednesday, like so many others likely did, I found myself watching President Obama's State of the Union address. Now, admittedly, a sentence like that kind of invites a whole lot of thoughts and opinions, but I'm not thinking much about that - I'm just using it for a springboard for...

Magnalight.com Adds More Powerful LED Infrared Flood Lights and Spot Lights

February 2, 2010 4:51 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com offers several new infrared LED emitter lights for military, security and commercial applications. Ranging from ultra-compact infrared LED trailing lights and grill lights to 240 watt infrared LED light emitters for the military MRAP, MATV and HUMVEE vehicles, magnalight.com continues to develop new infrared LED lights that feature low amp draw and high light energy output.

What Do You Plan to Buy for an Energy Tax Credit or Rebate in 2010?

February 1, 2010 2:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We've been talking a lot about tax credits and rebates on the blog recently. We may sound like a broken record, but we really want you to be aware of the incentives available if you are considering a purchase for your home.

In Case You Missed Them: Energy Savers Blog Entries You Should Read

February 1, 2010 2:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Every now and then, I like to take a look back at some of the entries we've published over the last year on the Energy Savers Blog. We try not to repeat ourselves (too much), so if you're looking for a particular topic to be covered on the blog, be sure to check out the categories and...

5 (More) Things to Know Before You Claim Your Energy Tax Credit: Part 2

January 26, 2010 11:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, I started the list of things to know before you claim your tax credit. If you missed it, go back and check out part one. The list covers the forms you'll need, the tax credit maximums, which credits can (and cannot) be carried over, which credits include installation costs (and...

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