energy efficiency

8 Ways You Can Harness the Power of Technology to Green Your Home

8 Ways You Can Harness the Power of Technology to Green Your Home

Energy Saving Light Bulbs Energy saving light bulbs are small, so it might seem like they can't possibly save you that much money. The reverse is true, however. There are a variety of energy-efficient

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Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

JF-Kit is part pop-up gym, part self-sufficient off-grid home. The interior features a line of ‘domestic fitness furniture’ that enables residents to produce energy by pedaling a bike, doing sit

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How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

The United States has been doing a good job of cutting carbon in recent years. Emissions are down 12% in the last 5 years, and half of those cuts have come in the power sector where natural gas, wind and

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Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters is a not-for-profit organization based in Australia that provides sustainability advice specifically for those living in rental accommodations. Over 30% of Australians live in rentals, and

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Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Designed by Studio MK27’s Marcio Kogan, Casa MM boasts a luscious grass green roof that acts as insulation and also a continuation of the landscape. Due to the extreme sunny weather, the walls are

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Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Inhabitat favorite, Molo, will be unveiling a brand new series of sustainable lamps in just a few weeks at this year's ICFF in New York City. Founders and designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen

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Rugged Prefab Patagonia Lodge Adapts to Rough Climate Conditions in Chile

Rugged Prefab Patagonia Lodge Adapts to Rough Climate Conditions in Chile

The Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia Lodge is located in the Aysén Region of Southern Chile at the end of the Austral Way. This lodge is set at the departure point for the main access route to the

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Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

A symbol of Brazil's contribution to science and design, Estudio 41's concept proposal was carefully constructed to ensure a protective shell that would preserve not only the fragile humans living in this

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Solar Flight has just unveiled the world's fastest two-seater solar-powered plane at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Sunseeker Duo continues the company's

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Connecticut’s Hotchkiss School Boasts an Undulating Green Roof and a Biomass Power Plant

Connecticut’s Hotchkiss School Boasts an Undulating Green Roof and a Biomass Power Plant

Located at the bottom of a sloping landscape, the building on the Hotchkiss school site sits in between a golf course and marshes. Thanks to its green roof, the structure collects and filters rainwater

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Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN recently unveiled plans for the new Great Fen Visitor Center, a wooden sustainable structure set halfway between the wetlands and dry lands in Cambridgeshire, UK. The organic shelter is made

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Three Wise Men Combine Wood, Craft and an LED into One Lamp

Three Wise Men Combine Wood, Craft and an LED into One Lamp

Three Wise Men are a group of lovely wooden lamps handcrafted into different sizes and shapes. Designed by Hong-Kong-born, UK-based Samuel Chan for his own brand Channel, they give off a warm and focused

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TWITT: Duo-Gard Unveils Nature-Inspired, Solar-Powered Winner of Its EV Charging Station Contest

TWITT: Duo-Gard Unveils Nature-Inspired, Solar-Powered Winner of Its EV Charging Station Contest

Greek architect Anestis Papaemanouil won the Duo-Gard Charging Station Design Contest with his solar-powered, nature-inspired “TWITT” concept. Duo-Gard challenged designers to create a one-car

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New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

With lithium ion batteries, it used to be that you would have to choose between power and storage capacity. But researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have proven that it is

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Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Why just harness light or vibration individually when you can use both to create electricity? Making sure to fully exploit both sun and sound simultaneously, researchers from Sungkyunkwan University and

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Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary by donating 100,000 solar lanterns to help some of the one billion people without access to electricity in developing countries across Asia and Africa by

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Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

From cell phones to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power pack of choice. They are capable of keeping large amounts of energy in a small space with relatively little weight, making them

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Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2 just unveiled the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An earlier version of the vehicle won the $5 million Automotive X Prize back in 2010,

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The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House, the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy

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On Her Majesty’s Eco-Friendly Service: MI6 To Reveal Its Green Credentials

On Her Majesty’s Eco-Friendly Service: MI6 To Reveal Its Green Credentials

Britain's MI6—now known as The Secret Intelligence Service—is regarded as one of the world's leading intelligence agencies, and has a reputation for keeping its operations very much undercover.

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TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

Philips has just unveiled the world's most energy-efficient LED bulb. The TLED bulb, still in the prototype stage, is based on tube lighting technology and provides a warmer glow than conventional LEDs.

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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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HOK Unveils Plans for New LEED Gold Medical Campus in Buffalo

HOK Unveils Plans for New LEED Gold Medical Campus in Buffalo

Last year, the State University of New York at Buffalo announced that it had selected HOK Architects to design a new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences near downtown Buffalo. Now, almost a year

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3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

The event featured an impressive collection of vehicles with low fuel consumption, powered by all types of sources, including gasoline, solar, electric, fuel cell, and more. The vehicles competed in two

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3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

In one of the first experiments to take place on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), a new type of 3D-textured solar cell will soak up 16 sunrises everyday from the "back porch" of the

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Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

Just a few months before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs announced plans to build a new corporate campus for Apple in Cupertino City, California. Since then the initial $3 billion price tag for the

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New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013

New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013

Ever since 2007, the people at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have tracked the fuel economy of cars purchased in the US. On Wednesday, the team released the numbers for March

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Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

The building sits on a 5-acre site to the south of Halifax, Canada, and it connects the city to the waterfront. Its entrance is dominated by exposed steel framework reminiscent of the industrial look of

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The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar panels offer a clean source of alternative energy - but ironically, the solar industry has a significant carbon footprint due to its reliance on coal and

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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Photo via Shutterstock Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind

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