energy efficiency

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions commonly

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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and related

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House's south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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New Study Shows Airbnb Rentals are Greener Than Traditional Hotels

New Study Shows Airbnb Rentals are Greener Than Traditional Hotels

Traveling contributes to climate change - there’s no way around it. But if you must exercise your wanderlust, there are many ways to green your trip – like staying at a home rented from a service like

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

The beautiful Breuer Cabin is filled with natural light coming in from reclaimed steel sash windows taken from at least five different projects. The floors are made from multicolored slate, which doesn't

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Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

  Susquehanna county residents have been bullied by the gas industry since fracking started back in 2006. Industry workers have no regard for the people they're paving over, which inevitably

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Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

The Reichstag opened in 1894 but was severely damaged by a fire in 1933. It was partially restored in the 60s, but the final work by British architects Fosters & Partners was done in 1999, causing it

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Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

On June 6th, Fred Heutte's presentation to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Natural Gas Advisory Committee blew away idea of abundant, cheap natural gas like a compressor station blow-down.

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RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a department of

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Set atop an existing two-story subterranean municipal facility beneath the lake, the Lotus building was completed in 2013 and houses parts of the city's planning bureau, exhibition halls, and meeting

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Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological systems necessary

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to breed a mega

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Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Taking inspiration from the natural phenomenon of symbiosis, Plateau Team proposes "the colonization of the roofs of the target buildings with an extra level of construction." The additional level can be

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Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

When it comes to home efficiency, the bathroom is often where we focus on water conservation. Most bathrooms contain a sink, toilet, and shower, which can each waste tons of water if we're not careful,

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

Drift-Light is a new type of self-dimming LED lightbulb that works with any regular household light switch. Mimicking the setting sun to help you sleep better, the bulb uses an internal microprocessor in

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you've got a

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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