energy efficiency

Super strong graphene could revolutionize batteries by extracting hydrogen from thin air

Super strong graphene could revolutionize batteries by extracting hydrogen from thin air

Graphene, the first two-dimensional crystal known to man, could be the key to stronger, longer lasting batteries. Similar in atomic structure to the graphite found in pencils, graphene has properties you

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The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The United Kingdom's largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Flanked on all sides by a late 19th century factory building, the former carpenter's workshop had a basement-like character due to its restricted access to sunlight. Studio OxL dramatically upended that

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Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace

Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace

Secret Operation 610 resembles a stealth aircraft but is completely flightless. Built within an old military airbase called Airbase Soesterberg, its monstrous design revives the dark atmosphere of

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Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located 8,600 feet above Paradise Valley, Montana is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

Every year the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy publishes a report revealing the most energy efficient countries in the world. The council looks at the 16 biggest economies and ranks them

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you're at it! We've

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently

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Semtive’s Wind Turbines are Ideal Home-Scale Energy Generators

Semtive’s Wind Turbines are Ideal Home-Scale Energy Generators

Argentine startup Semtive, a designer of wind turbines for urban and suburban areas, presents a sustainable energy generator for domestic use and humanitarian aid. Thanks to a vertical axis, low speed

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Gorgeous Grotto Sauna Boasts Stunning Lakeside Views and a Wooden, Dream-like Interior

Gorgeous Grotto Sauna Boasts Stunning Lakeside Views and a Wooden, Dream-like Interior

To minimize disturbance of the age-old rock, PARTISANS used a Leica 3D scanner to create a site model before working on the freestanding sauna design. After running through several design schemes, the

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INFOGRAPHIC: How We Can Make the Food Supply Chain More Eco-Friendly

INFOGRAPHIC: How We Can Make the Food Supply Chain More Eco-Friendly

Greening up the food supply chain is an essential part of living sustainably. From improving food transportation to converting farm waste to energy, there are so many different ways that we can lessen the

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Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Have you ever noticed that U.S. gas prices are cheaper on average in wintertime than summertime? Have you got a pet theory as to why that might be? It turns out it's not a case of market forces trying

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Architects began the project by adding on a mixed-used addition to the existing education center, which accommodates up to 360 students. The Kollaskolan addition was built as a supplement to the existing

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Eurostar Unveils Blazing Fast 200 MPH Train for 20th Anniversary

Eurostar Unveils Blazing Fast 200 MPH Train for 20th Anniversary

High-speed rail service Eurostar just got a lot faster and better looking. Set to launch by the end of 2015, the company's sleek new e320 train will carry passengers crossing the Chunnel from England to

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

With Old Man Winter knocking at the door, households around the world are bracing for the inevitable spike in energy bills - but making your home more energy efficient could dramatically cut down on your

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INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan's national stadium is

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POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida and designers Dokter + Misses have just launched a new and sustainable pod living system, the POD-Indawo. The locally designed and manufactured "nano-pod

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

This year's record breaking summer high temperatures and general worrisome warming trend don’t necessarily mean that the coming winter will be a walk in the park. Before the cold weather strikes, get

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Workplace?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Workplace?

If you work in an office building, take a look around you right now. From where you're sitting, would you say that your office is fairly proactive as far as energy efficiency is concerned? What about

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

When the weather changes, often times, your energy bill does, too. To keep your bills lower during the cold and hot months, as well as have a positive impact on the environment by going green, Shea

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

Whether you're looking to save some green or want a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle, improving your home's energy efficiency is one of the best first steps you can take to achieving your goals. The

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Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen’s New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen’s New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

Standing on the side of a hill in a suburb known as Skåde, the new Moesgaard Museum has a green roof that rises from its rural environment. Covered in grass, moss and flowers, it features

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Located in a former factory site, the architects' aim was to create a building that could bring back an interest in, and pay homage to science and industry. A museum, communications centre and archive

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

Winter is fast approaching, but it's not too late to make home improvements to save big on your energy bill. While switching your old lightbulbs for LEDs is a good and affordable start, there are many

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INFOGRAPHIC: Greenpeace Ranks Internet Companies on Energy Use

INFOGRAPHIC: Greenpeace Ranks Internet Companies on Energy Use

By 2017, it’s expected that 3.6 billion people will be updating Facebook profiles, streaming YouTube videos, looking up quick facts on Wikipedia, and putting things in virtual shopping carts. And

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