energy efficiency

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain. Oriented to

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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The PowerPot Uses Heat to Charge Your Electronics as You Cook

The PowerPot Uses Heat to Charge Your Electronics as You Cook

Even when you are trying to get away from it all during a camping trip, chances are you will still need to charge an electronic device. To keep those cell phones and head lamps powered up, the PowerPot

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The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company has gone green by burning spent grain to power its brewery in Juneau, Alaska. Formerly, the brewery had to ship off the waste product of its operations to farms in the lower 48

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San Francisco 49ers’ New Home to be Pro Football’s First LEED-Certified Stadium

San Francisco 49ers’ New Home to be Pro Football’s First LEED-Certified Stadium

The Superbowl-bound San Francisco 49ers are set to move into their new Santa Clara stadium next year, and it's set to be pro football’s first LEED certified stadium. There's no word yet as to which

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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a “game-changing technology,” the panels were

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New French Law Will Require Shops and Offices to Turn Out the Lights at Night

New French Law Will Require Shops and Offices to Turn Out the Lights at Night

Photo via Shutterstock The French Environment Ministry just announced a new law that will require all non-residential buildings to switch off interior and window display lighting at night. The law,

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Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua is a new artisan bar concept in Mexico City where you can go for a drink of rainwater! The water is served in specially-designed and reusable glass bottles, and it's harvested and filtered

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US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

As the largest military force on the planet, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is also the largest consumer of energy in the world. Every year, the combined forces use 3.7 billion kilowatt hours of

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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Researchers Develop Safer Solid Electrolyte Lithium-Ion Batteries That Conduct Ions 1000 Times Faster

Researchers Develop Safer Solid Electrolyte Lithium-Ion Batteries That Conduct Ions 1000 Times Faster

Most lithium-ion batteries rely on liquid electrolytes to conduct ions between a negatively charged anode and a positively charge cathode - however liquid electrolytes run into safety problems due to

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Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

Blu Homes just opened their first prefab Breezehouse on the east coast of the United States, and Inhabitat editor and founder Jill Fehrenbacher was at the scene for an exclusive tour. Located in Copake,

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Sharon Neuman Architects’ Minimalist Herzelya Home Keeps Cool With Energy-Efficient Design

Sharon Neuman Architects’ Minimalist Herzelya Home Keeps Cool With Energy-Efficient Design

Measuring over 215 meters in size, the Herzelya home has adapted to two very important factors: a narrow site and stifling adjacent homes. The design team at Sharon Neuman Architects knew that this long

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple device called a

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

With plenty of brilliant works from both Dutch and international artists, the forty-four day-long Light Festival offers a great excuse to visit the charming Dutch city. One of the event’s main features

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Copenhagen is on Track to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Copenhagen is on Track to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image of Copenhagen, Shutterstock Lord Mayor Frank Jensen of Copenhagen recently announced that the city is on track for 2025 carbon neutrality. If measures implemented to reach this important

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Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

The owner of Shale Oak Winery came to Studio 2G Architects with a vision that complimented the designers’ passion for the environment. Shale Oak wanted to blend the beautiful natural surroundings of the

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San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

Soon San Francisco Bay Area commuters will have something more entertaining to stare at in traffic than the tail lights of the car in front of them. As the Bay Bridge enters its 75th year in 2013, it is

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AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

During winter times, the house is passively warmed up thanks to good insulation and sunshine, as the surrounding deciduous trees loose their leaves. During the summer, the house gets a cool green shade

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Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock For this year's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the ball won't be the only thing being passed. Three thousand dairy cows from Green Meadows Farm in Michigan will do what they do

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

The second of two prototypes, the Zerotracer was on display at the Swiss pavilion in Abu Dhabi last week. It runs on lithium polymer batteries that can be charged up to 2,000 times in just two hours when

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium is set to construct an artificial island in the North Sea that will be used solely as storage for wind energy. Announcing the plans earlier this week, Belgium's North Sea minister Johan Lanotte

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the proud owner of this new ZNEB building, and in partnership with the Department of Capital Asset Management, Governor Deval Patrick brought together the team of

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