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Directory of conservation technologies and resources, for using less energy to accomplish the same task or better.
- The Story of Stuff - Brilliant, entertaining, must-see, 20-minute video/cartoon by Annie Leonard describes the problems with the status quo linear supply chain, driven by consumerism, which is unsustainable and self-destructive; and encourages a renewable, responsible, self-sustaining, cyclical approach. (StoryofStuff.com)
- Pollution > Conservation > Recycling >
Overconsumption is costing us the earth and human happiness - Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard's new book examines the unsustainable, high price of the western world's obsession with all things material. She points out that our equating personal value with the number and type of things we have has been adopted to fill the void of actual meaningful relationships, which are the remedy to consumerism, which is polluting the Earth. (Guardian; UK; June 21, 2010)
- Featured: Water / Pollution / Recycling >
The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water - The Surfrider Foundation has produced an excellent 20-minute video (2-min. trailer) explaining the insanity behind how we've come to handle water in modern society. It addresses such things as our concrete and pavement preventing aquifers from being replenished; and how we spend so much money transporting water great distances when we could do more to conserve and recycle it close to the point of use. (PESWiki; April 10, 2010)
- Oil >
300 Years of Fossil-Fueled Addiction in Five Minutes - Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk that we'll fall off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future. (YouTube / PostCarbonInstitute; Nov. 8, 2010)
- Hy-Tech ceramic paint additive has insulating properties - Paint additive by Hy-Tech Thermal Solutions is a NASA-based technology using an exclusive blend of insulating ceramic microspheres or "vacuum beads". The inexpensive and easy-to-use product helps keep heat out in the summer and in during the winter.
- US$50 fridge gadget increases efficiency - The the e-cube, invented by British engineers, significantly reduces by around 30% the energy used by fridges and freezers, which are estimated to consume about a fifth of all domestic electricity in the UK. The one-size-fits-all, retrofit, wax device, barely three inches wide, fits around the temperature sensor, to more accurately reflect the temperature of the contents. (Guardian, UK; Mar. 17, 2007)
- Tankless Water Heaters are Brutal on the Grid When Popularized - Tankless water heaters draw energy on demand, and do not have a thermal energy storage aspect. Multiplied by many customers' hot-water usage patterns, these surges of energy amount to a significantly higher peak load for utilities, resulting in increased costs and, more significantly, in increased waste during non-peak times. (PESN; Oct. 21, 2005)
- Featured: Energy Efficiency / Conservation >
Denby Energy Audit Expert Program - Denby Energy focuses on energy efficiency, helping businesses become more energy efficient. They are also a leader in online learning, teaching people how to get started with a new career as an energy efficiency expert and doing energy audits. (PESWiki; Dec. 23, 2008)
Power Factor Correction
See: Directory:Power Factor Correction - separate index page
Heating and Air Conditioning
- Air Conditioning >
Cleanair system said to cut energy costs by up to 25 percent - If only the air already in buildings could be cleaned up and reused, far less energy would be used on continuously conditioning fresh air, heating it or cooling it. University of Copenhagen’s Prof. Matthew Johnson's patented Cleanair system involves a process called Photochemical Air Purification, which incorporates ultraviolet light and photochemical reactions similar to those that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere. (GizMag; October 4, 2010)
Astounding Phase-Change Windows - A new glazing system available in Europe for several years and is now being brought to the N. American market. The GlassX window is an insulated glass assembly that incorporates a phase-change material (PCM) between two of the glass panes in the window. At lower temperatures, the PCM is a translucent solid. But, as it heats, the PCM melts and becomes transparent. (EcoGeek; June 22, 2010)
- Thermeleon roof tiles make saving energy as clear as black and white - The Thermeleon (as in chameleon) roof tile changes from white to black depending on its temperature. Using phase-change polymer gel-filled tiles, a team at MIT is able to control the light energy transmission properties of the roofing material, meaning that on a hot day the roofing material turns white to reflect heat, but on a cold day the material becomes transparent and absorbs heat back into the home (GizMag; November 29, 2009)
See Directory:Lighting#Conservation - separate index page
See Directory:Energy Conservation Meters - separate index page
- Conservation / Energy Efficiency >
Home Energy Savings Guide for the Average Person - Please both your pockets and the earth with energy savings, and conserve without necessarily sacrificing comfort. Site provides energy saving tips and conservation ideas to lower utility bills at home.
For the Toilet
- Compost Toilets Bid Farewell to "Flush and Forget" - The "flush and forget" system is expensive and water-intensive, disrupts the nutrient cycle, and is a major source of disease in developing countries. Nutrients are lost from agriculture, and the nutrient overload has led to the death of many rivers and the formation of dead zones in ocean coastal regions. (TreeHugger; Oct. 29, 2007)
- Water >
Stop Using Toilet Paper: Get a Blue Bidet - You might find the idea of going without toilet paper a bit shocking, but lots of people around the world do it, and there are good technologies available now to replace your toilet or add on to it. It is cleaner and healthier, and saves a lot of water. (Dr. Mercola; Oct. 27, 2009)
- Water > Aquanotion - TwoFlush dual flush system converts the standard North American style toilet in to a water conserving, money saving TwoFlush toilet: a small flush for liquid waste and a big flush for solid waste. The system is an inexpensive, proven design that has been used in Europe and all over the world for years.
- 'Champion' of the Restroom - Leading toilet maker took Uncle Sam's 1/2 water challenge to heart and has come up with a super-powerful vortex design. Their trick is in releasing water rapidly. (DiscoveryChannel.ca; 10, 2005)
- Going Green: Standby savings in the home - A review of various products such as IntelliPanel from OneClick Power that automatically switches your equipment off when it is no longer in use. No more standby – no more wasted power. (GizMag; August 7, 2009)
- The AIR-igator draws water from the air for thirsty gardens - The AIR-igator collects condensate from air conditioners, storing it and then automatically drip-watering. So, the hotter it gets, the more water your garden gets. A fairly efficient three-ton central air conditioning unit will produce as many as 15 gallons of water a day. (GizMag; June 29, 2009)
- New Washing Machine Only Uses One Cup of Water - Most of the water in the washing machine developed by the University of Leeds, Britain is replaced by thousands of tiny reusable nylon polymer beads which attract and absorb dirt under humid conditions. Presently available for commercial applications, a consumer version is expected next year. (Alternative Energy News; June 26, 2009)
- What is Greensulate Insulation? - The idea behind Ecovative Design is to find new ways to insulate buildings and package material goods without the traditional use of petroleum based polystyrene/Styrofoams. Greensulate is made from local, sustainable resources such as the agricultural byproducts of rice (China), buckwheat, and cottonseed (Texas) hull. (PlanetGreen; Jan. 22, 2009)
- Reducing Ware and Tear on the Earth One Utensil at a Time - To-Go Ware has produced stainless steel food carriers, cotton carrier bags and ceramic cups since their start in 2004, but has recently also added a utensil set made of bamboo along with a 100 percent recycled plastic holder. The bamboo utensils are produced by CONSERVE, a non-governmental organization that employs rag pickers in Delhi, India. (Conscious Choice; Jan. 5, 2008)
- Environmentally Friendly Paper Plates - Made from reed pulp and bagasse (waste of sugarcane), these no-tree paper plates and other tableware are the primary function of Wasara Co., Ltd.. Wasara, with their full range of tableware coming soon, are in no danger of not having their concept being put into production. Available immediately in Japan. (YankDesign; Dec. 30, 2008)
- Steril-Aire - Improve indoor air quality, protect against biological contaminants, reduce energy and operational expenses, and achieve sustainability with UV emitters with up to 20% savings in energy costs. Mold wars video (Nov. 12, 2008).
- Valspar touts energy efficient aluminum coating - Valspar has developed the industry's first enhanced solar reflective paint for the aluminum extrusion and wall panel market. Their black paint absorbs as little heat as a normal white paint. (See Flurospar(R) SR coatings). (CleanTech; June 19, 2008)
- Cleaning up the laundry industry - The Xeros polymer pellets act like a magnet, attracting the soiling and the dirt out of a small amount of water. The technology has already been proven in controlled lab experiments and has also been tested in commercial scale dry cleaning facilities. (CleanTech; June 9, 2008)
- Biodegradable Picnic Ware - Litter around without any guilt - This biodegradable picnic set is reusable, recycled and easily disintegrates within a week if left standing in water, or decompose in a few months if left on a compost pile. (EcoFriend; April 23, 2008)
- Enviro Save Valve - Lloyd Linson-Smith's device diverts and saves cold water that flows from domestic taps before hot water arrives.(KeeleyNet; March 28, 2008)
- Traffic Management - The Aldis Guardian Eye is a vision-based traffic monitoring and control system based on improving traffic flow by optimizing decisions locally at each signal. Aldis projects the Guardian Eye will increase efficiency at each intersection by up to 40%, thereby saving considerable energy. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 22, 2007)
- Green Tags - Renewable energy certificates which guarantee that a set amount of free energy or clean energy (e.g. wind power) will go into the grid on the buyer's behalf.
- sEnergy Solution introducing motor-, lighting-, and thermal-control efficiency retrofit solutions - Company's mission is to get more out of existing systems, while saving energy and money, and extending device life. (PESN; Oct. 19, 2006)
- Krystal Planet > Krystal Planet Markets Available Renewable Energy Devices - Company network presently sells wind, solar, biodiesel and energy conservation products for residential and commercial applications, at competitive price points, with financing available. (PESN; March 25, 2007)
- PAX Scientific mimics nature's design for fans - Company designs fans, impellers, propellers, mixers based on the geometries of a whirlpool. The result is an approximate 33% improvement in efficiency, reduced noise, size and cost.
- Power Efficiency Corporation - The Power Genius™ AC electric motor controller incorporates a soft start with energy savings technology that saves 20-40% of the electricity used. It senses a lightly loaded motor’s inefficiency and reduces the power to the electric motor while maintaining the motor at full operating speed.
- Revolutionary Super-Insulating Vacuum Glass! - Researchers at Guardian Industries have recently unveiled a new breed of vacuum-glazed super glass with an incredible R12-R13 insulation rating. (Inhabitat; March 24, 2008)
- Sound waves turn natural gas into liquid - Worldwide, 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas is wasted every year. Swift LNG aims to turn that gas into a usable liquid fuel with a thermoacoustic natural gas liquefaction technology. It converts heat into sound waves and then into cold refrigeration using highly pressurized helium contained in a network of welded steel pipes. Commercial readiness is expected by 2010. (Physorg; Mar. 06, 2007)
- High Tech Buildings Use Sunlight, Sea Water to Save Energy - Interior lighting that dims and brightens as sunlight waxes and wanes. Air conditioners that shut off when door is left open. Blinds automatically adjusted per sun's path and solar gain need. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 26, 2004)
- "Green Building" Electric Radiant Floor Heating - Speedheat® electric radiant floor heating produces energy savings up to 20% from heating only the occupied areas. It produces even heating from the ground up, with more comfort at lower temperatures, allowing reduced thermostat settings which also lowers heating costs. (PRWeb; Feb. 22, 2007)
- Stockton Engineer Creates Energy Saving Device - The Plug Power Saver micro controller drastically cuts your electricity bill by finding the most optimum levels of power consumption. It works on all electric motors from your air conditioner to refrigerators, washing machines to whole house fans. Priced at $49.95 the savings would pay for the Power Saver in under a year. (CBS Broadcasting; Dec 13, 2006)
- Kilowatt Ours - Documentary film advocates energy conservation and renewable energy. Energy saving tips show how you can save up to $600 a year on your energy bill.
- Waterfilm Energy - GFX Heat-Xchanger & Water Heater Booster saves energy using drainwater heat recovery (DHR) to pre-heat cold water before it enters the water heater. Not only does it save 30%-50% of a home’s total water heating energy consumption, it also effectively triples the heating capacity of the water heater.
- Magswitch - Switchable on/off permanent magnets control magnetic fields without the electric power required by electromagnets. It affords the ability to manufacture a low cost, switchable permanent magnetic device, replacing existing electromagnets to develop ecological sustainability and improved performance.
- sEnergy Solution introducing motor, lighting, and thermal-control efficiency retrofit solution s - Their mission is to get more out of existing systems, while saving energy and money, and extending life. (PESN; Oct. 20, 2006)
- 25 Gadgets that will save you money (and maybe the environment) - List includes battery chargers, "smart" power strips, electricity usage monitor, efficiency power supply, compact fluorescent bulbs, efficient shower heads, fuel efficient scooter, solar outdoor lighting, programmable thermostat, efficient space heater, solar Christmas lights, remote control power strips. (TreeHugger; Dec. 20, 2006)
- Texcote: Solar-Reflective Paint - TexCote is claimed to be 10 times thicker than normal paint and contain a special reflective pigment. It reduces temperatures, and is robust, and is said to have a low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. (TreeHugger; Aug. 31, 2006)
- Aeroseal - Seals air duct leaks from the inside, using small sealant particles that deposit at the leaks without coating the interior of the duct system, providing energy savings up to 40%.
- Device cuts air conditioner power use by 8% - Cell-phone-sized device costing around US$12.50 is attached to an air-conditioner by a series of tubes, which collect condensation drops. The water is pumped to the device, which turns it into a fine mist that is sprayed on the back of the air-conditioner, cooling it down significantly. (Shanghai Daily; Aug. 9, 2006)
- Mow Grass for Eco-friendly Lawn - Low maintenance lawn requires less chemicals, watering and mowing. It's all natural, organic Supine bent (not genetically modified). Southern Mix includes a 50/50 native. Alpine fescue for hot dry areas. Shortest grass available. Soft & cool on bare feet.
- Insulated Electrical Box - Excessive and uncontrolled heat loss occurs at electrical boxes when those boxes are located on exterior walls between the conditioned space inside the home and the unconditioned atmosphere outside of the home. IBCofUSA presents an electrical box designed to address this problem.
- PAX Scientific mimics nature's design for fans - Company designs fans, impellers, propellers, mixers based on the geometries of a whirlpool. The result is an approximate 33% improvement in efficiency, reduced noise, size and cost. (PESWiki)
- Sanyo's Aqua: Wash Clothes Without Water - Sanyo's Aqua AWD-AQ1 washing machine can clean your clothes without water. Oxygen in the air is converted to ozone, which kills bacteria, eliminates odors, dirt, or other organic matter. A "normal" washing cycle is also available that uses much less water compared to conventional machines. Water recycled from the rinse cycle is stored inside a tank, where ozone microbubbles are injected, purifying the water. (TreeHugger; Feb. 6, 2006)
- Ecoballs can save as much as 80% on laundry bills - Ecoballs produce ionized oxygen that activates the water molecules naturally and allows them to penetrate deep into clothing fibers to lift dirt away. They are also hyperallegenic, antibacterial, chemical free, and gentle on colors and delicate fabrics. (TreeHugger; May 12, 2006)
- Energy Federation Incorporated - Consumer division and Wholesale division offers a wide array of energy-saving products such as compact fluorescent bulbs, energy-saving powerstrips, time delay switches. (efi.org)
- Waterless Urinals - Special repelling surface requires no water to flush. In use in airports, corporations - and soon in a city or business year you. (Google)
- To Flush Or Not To Flush - Flushless urinals v. ordinary-looking urinals are at the center of a national debate that has plumbers and water conservationists taking aim at one another. (Slashdot)
- InterFlush - water saving appliance - Flush till it's gone, no more. Retrofit kit fits in the top of your WC siphon and connects to the front mounted flush handle. Saves 47%. (OSEN)
- Sybarite's Modular Tree Dwelling - From Sybarite, in the U.K., comes this retro-futuristic concept, which would install rural housing above the tree line. (TreeHugger; Jan. 29, 2006)
- HP develops tech to save battery life on mobile devices - Not on battery end but on demand end, cutting energy requirements by doing such things as intelligent dimming of display. (PhysOrg; March 11, 2005)
In the News
- Vampire Power Savers >
AT&T Unveils ZERO, a Charger that Eliminates Vampire Power - This May, AT&T will start selling its ZERO charger, a mobile phone charger that eliminates vampire power consumption and charges phones more efficiently. (Inhabitat; March 19, 2010)
- Energy Usage Monitoring Devices >
The Power Monitor: Top Tools for Watching Your Home Energy Use - A review of some of the best devices for checking the consumption of single devices or appliances, monitoring the energy use of a whole house, and online dashboards that link up with utility companies as part of a smart grid. (TreeHugger; Sept. 28, 2009)
- The 2008 Eco-Matrix: Who's Hot, Who's Not in the World of Green - Wondering who’s news and who’s so last year? TreeHugger’s 2008 Eco-Matrix is here to inform and entertain. Click through their handy cheat sheet to what happened in the world of green over the past year, and what and who are on the rise for ’09. (Treehugger; Dec. 30, 2008)
- Live green and start saving some “green” by being energy efficient in your home. - 20 Technologies to Save You Money. See the latest in eco-tech, plus simple things you can do today to make your home more energy efficient. (DIY Network; Oct. 24, 2008)
- Shutting Down for An Hour - Earth Hour was created by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. Turn off your lights for an hour at 8:00 pm whatever time zone you're in on March 29. (EcoGeek; March 28, 2008)
- is Crucial to a Green Future - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory report shows that out of the ~103 exajoules generated from various sources in the US in 2002 (nuclear, hydro, biomass, natural gas, coal, petroleum), 59.3 exajoules were wasted, lost, unused for any valuable work. That's more than half. (TreeHugger; Jan. 29, 2007)
- Garbage as a 'Muse' - "WEEE-man" (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) sculpture represents the average amount of electronic waste created by one person in a lifetime. It stands 24-feet tall, weighs 3.3-tons. Put one on display in your region of the world. (DiscoveryChannel.ca; May 20, 2005)
- Energy Efficient TV: No Waste Like Home - New environmental/energy efficiency home makeover show called "No Waste Like Home" now being broadcast last in the United Kingdom. Fun ways you can save money and save the environment. (Alt-Energy-Blog; Aug. 19, 2005)
- Household Waste Recycling Doubles in England - Recycling of household waste doubled over the last four years in England with more than a fifth of rubbish being sent for reuse, though potential is three times that: 60% of waste. (Reuters; Sept. 15, 2005)
- 100 Items To Disappear First In A Panic - Many have to do with energy: #1. Generators; #2. Water Filters/Purifiers; #4. Seasoned Firewood; #5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps; #6. Coleman Fuel; #12. Charcoal & Lighter fluid; #14. Mini Heater head; #16. Propane Cylinders. (Rense; May 21, 2006)
- Gluttony's big bang - On average, an American consumes as much energy as two Japanese, six Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis or 370 Ethiopians, reports mindfully.org. Every day Americans eat 815 billion calories of food (roughly 200 billion more than needed) - enough to feed 80 million people - and throw out 200,000 tons of edible food. (Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 17, 2006)
- Microsoft could save 45 million tons of CO2 emissions with a few lines of computer code - Microsoft estimates that it costs $55 to $70 per year for an average business to allow one computer to sit idle. Multiply that times 100 million computers and you realize that the world spends $5 to $7 billion dollars every year powering inactive computers. (Foreign Policy; Nov. 15, 2006)
Government & Politics
- U.S. Government and Energy / Efficiency / Conservation >
Cap & Trade - A License Required For Your Home - Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act. H.R. 2454. Passed by the House of Representatives, if also passed by the Senate, this act will be the largest tax increase any of us has ever experienced. (VegHaven; Nov. 19, 2009)
- Greenest Nation - What big country is greener than Japan and Germany and produces more geothermal energy than all of Europe combined? This nation is also a pioneer in environmental stewardship, having passed many of the world's toughest regulations on vehicle emissions, energy efficiency and nature conservation. (Newsweek; Feb. 21, 2009)
- Existing efficiency measures could cut US energy use by a third - The study from environmental think tank the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), entitled Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the US Efficiency Opportunity, argues that wholescale efficiency improvements could be in place by 2020, slashing US greenhouse gas emissions in the process. At present the electric power industry is responsible for emitting about one third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US. (Business Green; Feb 12, 2009)
- Indonesia to push renewable energy: president - The president of Indonesia said that stung by high oil prices, his country plans to tap more into renewable energies and change course from a "nation that splurges" to one that saves. (PhysOrg; Aug. 15, 2008)
- World Energy Leaders Launch Energy-efficiency Initiative - The IPEEC declaration states that energy efficiency is one of the quickest, greenest and most cost-effective ways to address energy security and climate change while ensuring economic growth. (Renewable Energy Worldwide; June 12, 2008)
- States Sue US over Energy Efficiency of Appliances - Fifteen states led by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued the US Energy Department on Wednesday for dragging its feet on setting efficiency standards for household appliances that would save enormous amounts of energy. (Reuters; Sept. 7, 2005)
- Bush's Loaded Cars Guzzle the Gas - Getting President Bush from here to there consumes an enormous amount of fuel, whether he's aboard Air Force One, riding in a helicopter or on the ground in a heavily armored limousine. The bill gets steeper every day as the White House is rocked by the same energy prices as regular drivers. (AP; Aug. 25, 2005)
- EU Wants 20 Percent Cut in Energy Use by 2020 - Europe seeks more efficient technology to helping cut dependency on oil and meet climate change targets. (Reuters; June 23, 2005)
Do As I Say, Not as I Do
- How Green is Google? - While doing many things as a company toward sustainability, Google’s founders are among those who indulge in a trend among the ultra rich to purchase jumbo jets for private use. Their 767 burns roughly 7,000 gallons of jet fuel on a trip between New York and San Francisco. (TreeHugger; Oct. 19, 2006) (NY Times)
- 22 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency - Energy "radical" Amory Lovins, points out that the US could save up to 75 percent of the energy we use by using efficiency techniques that are cheaper than the electricity itself. (Co-Op America; July 8, 2008)
- Health / Environment / Conservation >
'Meat' the enemy: New food for thought from noted biochemist - The environmental cost of meat is just too high. Eating one 4-ounce hamburger is equivalent to leaving your bathroom faucet running 24 hours a day for a week. People need to begin taking responsibility for their food choices. (PhysOrg; July 12, 2010)
- Eat a steak, warm the planet - A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of beef causes more greenhouse-gas and other pollution than driving for three hours while leaving all the lights on back home, according to a Japanese study. (PhysOrg; July 18, 2007)
- surfaces conserve fuel - Tiny regular bumps on a surface, such as the wing of an airplane, can substantially reduce total air resistance, and thereby the consumption of fuel according to wind tunnel tests at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. (PhysOrg; Feb. 22, 2006)
[This is a corollary principle to why a turbine works.]
- Accelerating Sustainability: New Super-Green Research Lab - The Centre for Interactive Research for Sustainability's "living laboratory" project at the University of Vancouver is being hailed as the highest-performing, most environmentally innovative building ever to be conceived of and built in North America. (Treehugger; Jan. 24, 2006)
- Smart new meters to cut power - Interval meters in Australia provide hour by hour electricity consumption data, which enables consumers to gauge when to run what appliances in order to reduce their usage during expensive, high-peak times of day. (The Australian; Feb. 7, 2006)
- Organic Farms Produce Same Yields as Conventional Farms - For corn and soybeans, organic farming yields the same size crop with a lot less fossil energy input and impact on the environment than conventional farming, according to a new study published in BioScience, Vol. 55:7, Jul-2005, by Cornell University. (NewsWise; July 11, 2005)
- Cut energy use in small office buildings by 30% through pre-cooling - engineers from Purdue University have developed a control algorithm for the process of running air conditioning at cooler-than-normal settings in the morning and then raising the thermostat to warmer-than-normal settings in the afternoon. (Purdue; Jan. 17, 2006) (See Slashdot discussion)
- Curbing Energy Use in Appliances that are Off - Appliances that continue to draw electricity even when they are off are enough to power a 100-watt bulb 24/7. (Slashdot; Nov. 2005)
- This big ol' house - Trend toward larger homes with fewer occupants lends to increased energy demands, such as two washers & driers, more lights, double kitchens, more electronic gadgets. Still there are ways to conserve without impinging quality. (SLTribune; Aug. 14, 2005)
- Roundabouts Reduce Traffic Gridlock and Save Fuel - Modern roundabouts not only reduce crashes, but new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows they also can help alleviate dreaded traffic delays and save energy. (OSEN; Nov. 2005)
- Six Sigma Certification - Efficient processes in manufacturing can help reduce the amount of energy used to deliver the a given product. This is becoming more prevalent among major suppliers, known as green manufacturing
- Learning how to save energy - Examples from home and business owners who practice energy conservation, incorporate energy efficient and environmentally friendly products, and have installed renewable energy sources into their buildings. Announcing event cosponsored by . (Laconia Citizen; Sept. 21, 2005)
- Mankind benefits from eating less meat - If people were to eat more vegetable proteins instead of animal proteins, this would result in multiple – and much-needed – benefits; positively affecting sustainable energy production, sustainable water use, biodiversity, human health and animal welfare. (PhysOrg; Apr. 6, 2006)
- Report: Recession Won't Slow Green IT Initiatives - "The slowing economy will not derail efforts to make IT operations more efficient and less environmentally harmful. In fact, of responding companies that are changing the pace of their green IT activities in response to the economic outlook, those going faster outnumber those slowing down by two to one." (Greener Computing; Dec. 17, 2008)
- Plugging the Drain with Green Power Supplies - Power supplies are often an overlooked drain of energy. There are rating services that can help you identify which power supplies are more efficient. 80 Plus lists all the manufacturers that use 80 Plus certified power supplies, along with the product models that use them. (Greener Computing; Oct. 15, 2008)
- U.S. Navy Intranet Realizes Big Savings Through Virtualization - The Navy and Marine Corps Intranet, one of the largest networks in the federal government, is providing a lesson to the private sector on how to cut energy consumption and save capital costs. (InformationWeek; Oct. 10, 2008)
- Non-equilibrium chips could avoid overheating laptops - Researchers are re-examining the Second Law of Thermodynamics in a bid to manage heat from laptops and other miniaturised electronics. (ITNews; Oct. 2, 2008)
- Virtualization Servers: The New Green Platform for IT - Virtualization makes it possible to consolidate multiple applications onto a single server. That is, apps that currently run on dedicated systems can be moved en masse to a single server that consumes less power -- generally, far less power -- than that required by the dedicated servers. (Greener Computing; July 9, 2008)
- Does Blackle Conserve Computer Screen Energy? - Do we save or use more power when we use black as a background on a computer screen? If you still have a CRT display, then Blackle makes sense. If you use a flat-screen display, which has been the majority for a few years, the opposite effect takes place. (PESWiki; June 24, 2008)
- Green IT Can Be Virtually Free - Ken Brill, the executive director of the Uptime Institute, spoke with GreenBiz Radio recently about some of the surprisingly easy ways to boost performance and drop IT costs at the same time, and what the Uptime Institute will unveil at its 2008 Symposium in April 2008. (Greener World Media; April 23, 2008)
- Green Energy Efficient Homes - Over 60 articles on home energy efficiency, including tips on cutting heating, cooling, and household appliance energy use; finding the most energy efficient appliances, lighting choices, and HVAC options; and exhaustive checklists to help homeowners do their own home energy audit. Goes beyond standard advice to cover unconventional energy saving methods, extreme conservation measures, developing your own energy saving plan, and a FAQ on energy efficiency.
- LEED Certification - A third-party verification system to determine that a building has reached certain thresholds of energy and water efficiency, as well as resource conservation and limited toxic materials. The system has been updated several times to include more stringent requirements for both the building and the people who work on the buildings, such as LEED Green Associates who have demonstrated a base knowledge of green buildings and the LEED Rating System
- Humor > Environment > Impact > Conservation >
Earth Hour a Superficial, Cheap Conscience Salve (Video) [Caution: crude language and humor] - In a recap of 2011, comedian, Deek Jackson, provides a hilarious and insightful overview of all the hypocrisy and shallowness of "Earth Hour". He later also addresses the rising oil prices. "The ultimate environmental indulgence: ...In exchange for just one hour spent in the dark, you can be absolved of all consumerist sins accrued over the rest of the year." (YouTube / FKN Newz; January 24, 2012)
Christmas Lights Ditto
With the likelihood of Christmas being tight for everyone this year, here's a way to cut back, saving time and energy . . .
On a more serious note, there are some practical suggestions about conserving Christmas excess.
- GreenSwitch - GreenSwitch™ uses simple wireless technology to control energy usage in the home or office.
- Appliance Parts Blog - Find out what to do with old appliances. Also looks at EnergyStar ratings.
- International Energy Initiative - IEI’s mission is to build local capacity and analysis, and to engage locally and globally, so as to promote energy for sustainable development.
- Energy for Sustainable Development - Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD) focuses on energy as an instrument for fostering sustainable development. IEI publishes ESD as a medium for information exchange, for conveying the results of analytical and training efforts, and for sharing the lessons learnt from field projects. Since 1994.
- Energy Conservation - A visual directory of websites that provide energy efficiency and conservation information and services. (EnergyPlanet.info)
- Ten Simple Ways to Save Energy - Conservation is back, easy to do, and very important. (Emagazine.com)
- Power Factor Correction - Key for industrial energy savings (most commercial facilities know about this and have it implemented, however, everyone should have it in place, including municipal facilities)
- Twenty Free Ways to Save Energy - Consumer Reports gives a teaser to their forthcoming book The Complete Guide to Reducing Energy Costs by presenting an article titled: "20 Free Ways to Save Energy". The list includes: wash clothes in cold water, turn down the heat/ac in the winter/summer, and set the hot water heater at 120° F. (TreeHugger; Sept. 25, 2006)
- U.S. Green Building Council - Sets standards for green building for voluntary compliance and certifications.
- Salt Lake Mall Project Could be Largest Ever to Seek Green Certification - LDS Church planning a massive downtown redevelopment [Vatican of the West?] and is considering to voluntarily comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. (Deseret News; July 24, 2005)
- World's leading energy conservation manual to go online - Energy Institute Press' 2000 book to be converted to online, interactive via Knovel Corporation. (BusinessWire; May 17, 2005)
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