energy efficiency

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

Photo via Shutterstock With the number of athletes and fans traveling to a gigantic stadium filled with bright lights, epic half-time shows, and enough confetti to carpet a billion hamster cages, the

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Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Abu Dhabi is hot, very hot, especially in the summer, making the temptation to keep the air-conditioning on full blast very hard to resist. But air-conditioning is not only expensive, but energy

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Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

The Aquitanis complex distributes 36 apartments over the top three floors, each singularly spaced around an open communal patio. The design strategically placed separate but interconnecting blocks

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Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Singapore has no shortage of green buildings, but when it comes to energy-efficiency, there is one that surpasses all others. Home of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority Academy, the Zero

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Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland’s Eigg Island might just be the world’s greenest island - and not only because of its pristine untouched landscape. The tiny isle off the country’s northwest coast boasts a broad array of

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Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

FAAB Architektura's X Light Energy Building houses 230 employees in Bełchatów, Poland. Staircases, corridors, conference rooms, print rooms, toilets and other areas traditionally lit by artificial light

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Infographic: Vampire Appliances That Devour Electricity While You Sleep

Infographic: Vampire Appliances That Devour Electricity While You Sleep

Did you know that the average television uses 10 watts of electricity when it's switched off? Every night as you sleep vampire appliances are stalking your house, sucking up energy and raising your

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Minimalist Light-Filled Photographer’s Glass Studio Offers Beautiful Lakeside Views in the Canadian Shield

Minimalist Light-Filled Photographer’s Glass Studio Offers Beautiful Lakeside Views in the Canadian Shield

Surrounded by the sublime Canadian Shield landscape, the photographer's studio over a boathouse on Stony Lake unites the inner and outer environments with a transparent curtain wall glazed in Cradle to

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system for the

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Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

The Heatworks Model 1 is a next-generation water heater that reduces energy use by 40%, slashes water use by 10%, and delivers an instant supply of hot water. This heater energizes water molecules and

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

According to Dom Architectura, the focus of the Four Houses design was to achieve a contemporary architectural structure that intrinsically melds with the harsh Saudi Arabian environment. In order to

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Fan-Like Roofs and Slits Cool the Undulating Abedian School of Architecture in Australia

Fan-Like Roofs and Slits Cool the Undulating Abedian School of Architecture in Australia

Built on a hilltop, the Abedian building varies between two and three levels and contains a floating mezzanine, a spiral stair case and an internal walkway. For climate control on the structure's

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Hulger Launches Stylish Energy-Saving Plumen 002 Light Bulbs on Kickstarter

Hulger Launches Stylish Energy-Saving Plumen 002 Light Bulbs on Kickstarter

In 2010, the firm unveiled the Plumen 001 as the world's first designer energy-saving bulb and all-purpose alternative to the 60W incandescent bulb. The award-winning bulb is now sold worldwide and is

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MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD just launched a colorful new follow-up to its inflatable solar lantern. The energy-efficient Luci Aura can cycle through different hues to suit different atmospheres, from dinner parties to

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Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Uses 74% Less Aluminum and Steel Than its Predecessor

Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Uses 74% Less Aluminum and Steel Than its Predecessor

Apple's top-of-the-line professional workstation, the Mac Pro, has not only been redesigned to be much smaller and more efficient than before, but also more environmentally-friendly. It uses 74 percent

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Philips Unveils Innovative $10 Pancake-Shaped SlimStyle LED Light Bulb

Philips Unveils Innovative $10 Pancake-Shaped SlimStyle LED Light Bulb

Philips recently unveiled SlimStyle - a revolutionary flat A19 LED light bulb that would make Edison proud. With the 2014 federal phase-out of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs now in effect, the company

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Citi Bike Pedal Power to Illuminate 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (PHOTOS)

Citi Bike Pedal Power to Illuminate 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (PHOTOS)

You might recall that this summer, Inhabitat brought up the possibility of using Citi Bikes to generate pedal power, and it looks like the folks behind the blue bikes might have taken notice. Citi Bike is

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Dazzling Photos Reveal Japan’s Greenest Illuminated Christmas Ever

Dazzling Photos Reveal Japan’s Greenest Illuminated Christmas Ever

This year, the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi has been transformed into a brilliant winter wonderland. They have replicated their famous wisteria floral attraction using cascades with a whopping

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New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

SmartCharge just unveiled a brilliant LED lightbulb that works even during power outages! The innovative bulb features a built-in battery, so it can be switched on in emergency situations when the grid

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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

Before you start thinking the U.S. government is going to kick down your door looking for incandescent bulbs like they’re drugs – that’s not the case. The lighting ban isn’t a true ban; you’re

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