energy efficiency

Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

Although the same family has run Vineyard Schmidt for generations, this stunning wooden building is completely new. Located among rolling hills and luscious farmlands, it was designed to shelter the

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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

This is the Toroidion. It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and -- oh yeah. It’s electric. In fact, it’s

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Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

  Saving energy from our every day life is possible even to store our food! Imagine taking advantage of the fresh earth temperature to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree, a Scandinavian

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New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

Nanoleaf, who previously released the fabulous Bloom LED light, has created a shiny new piece in time for Earth Day 2015: the Nanoleaf Gem! This LED décor bulb, which has a light quality equal to any

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which

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Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

Philips wants to put LED bulbs in every home, and they’re making them so affordable, nobody will be able to resist. The global lighting leader, in partnership with Home Depot, has launched the most

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Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record at blazing fast 375 mph

Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record at blazing fast 375 mph

Central Japan Railway Company's maglev (magnetic levitation) high-speed train just hit a blazing fast 366 miles per hour (590 kilometers per hour) on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo,

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Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongcqing, China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight.

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NASA’s self-driving electric car isn’t very sexy, but it can move sideways like a crab

NASA’s self-driving electric car isn’t very sexy, but it can move sideways like a crab

Look out Tesla, the Johnson Space Center has just entered the race for one of the coolest cars with awesome technological advances. NASA engineers recently unveiled their Modular Robotic Vehicle

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Space X rocket fails to land, but success is still not far off

Space X rocket fails to land, but success is still not far off

Space X, Elon Musk’s space flight company, successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday, but their plan to land the rocket on a floating barge failed when the rocket tipped over on landing. The

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8 of the world’s most inspiring homes

8 of the world’s most inspiring homes

Breathtaking Shipping Container Studio: San Antonio, Texas Texas architect Jim Poteet transformed a 40-foot shipping container into this gorgeous deep blue backyard studio replete with a verdant living

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Fentress Architects’ new Tom Bradley Terminal receives LEED Gold Certification

Fentress Architects’ new Tom Bradley Terminal receives LEED Gold Certification

The new Tom Bradley International Airport (LAX), the Los Angeles landmark building, has achieved LEED Gold certification. The building, designed by Fentress Architects, features a dramatic arching

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This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

And solar panels run through it. This stretch of highway in Korea features a bike lane that runs right down the middle. While the lane is offset and looks safe with barriers, it is also protected with

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New cheap, flexible aluminum battery charges in a minute flat

New cheap, flexible aluminum battery charges in a minute flat

Researchers at Stanford University have unveiled a new aluminum-ion battery that could one day replace the lithium-ion batteries that power everything from our watches to our tablets and our electric

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Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

Los Angeles has more streetlights than any other U.S. city, and a massive retrofit in 2013 replaced a phenomenal 141,089 of those bulbs with LEDs, all keeping the streets brighter and safer while

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Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 – but he won’t say what it is

Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 – but he won’t say what it is

Tesla's genius CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, as is his style, that Tesla will release a new product line at their Hawthorne Design Studio on April 30. He won't say what it is, except to clarify that

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‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

America's dependence on fossil fuels is the greatest long-term national security threat facing the nation. That is according to a new documentary called "The Burden" that held its world premiere in

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Paul Lukez Architecture to build a small, energy plus home outside Boston

Paul Lukez Architecture to build a small, energy plus home outside Boston

Paul Lukez Architecture (PLA) is planning to build a small, energy efficient home located in suburban Boston, designed for a schoolteacher who wanted to stay in the area despite the ever-rising housing

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Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world

Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world

Geographically small Israel is making a big statement about the importance of solar energy in the sun-blessed Middle Eastern nation. On Sunday, legislators and environmentalists gathered at the Knesset,

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Smarter traffic light programming could help cut carbon emissions, MIT study shows

Smarter traffic light programming could help cut carbon emissions, MIT study shows

Idling cars create unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, so common sense indicates that less time sitting in traffic would lead to a cleaner world. A new study by researchers at MIT shows how

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Super-efficient graphene LED bulbs to hit the stores this year

Super-efficient graphene LED bulbs to hit the stores this year

Graphene—everyone's favorite super strong carbon material—may just be set to revolutionize the LED. A dimmable bulb is set to be launched in UK stores later this year that contains a filament-shaped

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This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

As part of the Soviet-run "Sun" research complex in Uzbekistan, a gigantic solar parabola reflects energy from the universe's largest star and focuses it into a light beam that can blast out temperatures

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Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica has achieved an extraordinary clean energy milestone by running solely on renewable energy for the past 75 days. Heavy rainfall in the region has enabled the country to completely forgo fossil

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Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

Spring has sprung (according to our calendars, but we’re still weathering some pretty cold temperatures. Because of the drawn out winter, so much money has already been spent warming up your home, that

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Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

Philips Lighting has announced that they have been selected to conduct a massive overhaul of over 5,000 streetlights in Poland's historic "floating garden" city of Szczecin. By replacing over half the

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Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

The Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project is rolling out its multimillion-dollar plans to prove that waves not only have power but can generate it for the electric grid on land. Submerged in the roiling seas

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that creates a loophole allowing manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

Passive House is known to be one of the strictest energy efficiency building programs in the world. What does it take to build one, and how can you do it with healthy and high performance materials? In

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INFOGRAPHIC: Free and low-cost smartphone apps to improve your home’s energy efficiency

INFOGRAPHIC: Free and low-cost smartphone apps to improve your home’s energy efficiency

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a win-win for both your wallet and the environment. But what if you can’t afford to upgrade your home appliances and systems right away? Not to worry—you

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