energy efficiency

Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

When it comes to growing food, the sky's the limit thanks to innovations like the Sky Urban Vertical Farming System. Designed and pioneered by the Singapore-based company Sky Greens, the Sky Urban

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Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

https://vimeo.com/137865687 The home has everything you’d expect from a vacation home - a full kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The spacious kitchen features an indoor herb

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India’s sweeping 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

India’s sweeping 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

India’s government announced a major commitment to energy efficiency earlier this year when the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was launched, which calls for 20 million lightbulbs in

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Nest’s new Learning Thermostat 3.0 is sleeker and smarter than ever before

Nest’s new Learning Thermostat 3.0 is sleeker and smarter than ever before

The world’s best thermostat just got even better. Nest Labs, Inc. just unveiled today the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat—and it’s thinner, smarter, and more beautiful than ever.

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The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

The Tesla Model S P85D hit the market last December and Consumer Reports did what they do best; they evaluated the heck out of it. The electric luxury car performed so well in nearly every test that is

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the

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Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivable travel on a single charger. Although Tesla is rapidly

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This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle

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Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

President Obama said he will use all of his powers -- including the power of the veto -- to defend his plan for climate change, the White House said. This announcement comes on the eve of new rules that

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Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

One of our favorite architecture firms, Foster + Partners, just announced an exciting new project with our of our favorite green car makers, Nissan. The two companies will partner to develop and design

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Hand-powered Circo dishwasher saves time, space, money and water

Hand-powered Circo dishwasher saves time, space, money and water

It is estimated that 75% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. While this urbanization presents great opportunities, it will be an enormous challenge to ensure that energy and space

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The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

Runners, unless they prefer to exclusively jog well-lit hiking trails or the gym treadmill, all face a similar dilemma: staying visible and safe while pounding the pavement. The designers at the Million

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Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

DC Solar Freedom in cooperation with DC Solar Distribution is making millions of dollars worth of solar equipment available to colleges and universities across the nation at no cost. The program will

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Islamic leaders urge Muslims around the world to slash GHG emissions

Islamic leaders urge Muslims around the world to slash GHG emissions

Following an international symposium, Islamic leaders are calling on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to work toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and adopt a 100 percent renewable energy

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World’s largest hydrogen station in the works for San Francisco

World’s largest hydrogen station in the works for San Francisco

The world's largest hydrogen fueling station could soon become San Francisco's biggest landmark. A feasibility study is currently being done on the station by U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime

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This ‘artificial leaf’ could be the cleanest, most efficient source of renewable energy on Earth

This ‘artificial leaf’ could be the cleanest, most efficient source of renewable energy on Earth

When we think of solar power, we usually think of solar panels but we should really be thinking about plants. After all, plants are the original solar power generators, turning the sun’s rays into

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IKEA is replacing all of their lighting with LED bulbs by September

IKEA is replacing all of their lighting with LED bulbs by September

IKEA has announced it is ditching incandescents for good and transitioning to a 100-percent LED lighting range—and soon. The shift will be completed next month, and will make IKEA the first major global

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We’ve already used up a year’s worth of the Earth’s resources in just 8 months

We’ve already used up a year’s worth of the Earth’s resources in just 8 months

We all know about Earth Day and Arbor Day, with their focus on renewable resources and an appreciation for our great planet, but have you heard of Overshoot Day? The Global Footprint Network has been

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These super-customizable Monarch Tiny Homes cost just $22,000

These super-customizable Monarch Tiny Homes cost just $22,000

The 20 foot by 8.5 foot home is elegantly made and structurally strong, reinforced with structural insulated panels (SIPs). The exterior siding boasts an impressive composition of reclaimed wood fibers

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20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.” The duo

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MIT’s groundbreaking mini fusion reactor could power the world within 10 years

MIT’s groundbreaking mini fusion reactor could power the world within 10 years

Engineers at MIT spend a lot of time figuring out how to make things better, faster, and often smaller. Now, powerful new magnet technology has led the way to a groundbreaking design for a small, modular

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This sexy showerhead uses 70% less water than standard fixtures

This sexy showerhead uses 70% less water than standard fixtures

We've long been told that showers are far better for the environment than baths, and that shorter showers save water, so the inevitable next step is for household shower fixtures to be designed

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Solar-powered Elevate Structure is wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green

Solar-powered Elevate Structure is wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green

Family-run Elevate Structure Inc. is bringing gorgeous new contender to the rapidly growing collection of eco-friendly homes and constructions that seem to be catching everyone’s eye. These buildings

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New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent

New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent

Researchers at University of California Riverside have created a coating for solar panels that could improve solar photovoltaic efficiency by 30 percent or more. “The infrared region of the solar

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Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Unlike many earthen structures, the Khamsa earth house looks quite luxurious. Atelier Koe constructed the home from concrete-reinforced bricks made from clay, which was harvested from the site on which

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Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the architects added a new

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Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using solar-powered, “electronic ink” signs. Completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, the technology, which uses

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are our homes becoming more sustainable overall?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are our homes becoming more sustainable overall?

Our current climate situation is a big problem without one simple answer. In order to slow or halt climate change, we are going to need to change many different aspects of modern life. One aspect in

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Palo Santo is a lush, eco-friendly hotel wrapped in 800 varieties of plants

Palo Santo is a lush, eco-friendly hotel wrapped in 800 varieties of plants

< Palo Santo opened last October in the green and trendy 'Palermo Hollywood' neibourgh. Inspired by the Patric Blanc's vertical gardens at Musée du Quai Branly and Caixa Forum, its front and back

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Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Rural communities in the Philippines will soon be trading in candles and battery-powered devices for lamps which run on salt water to illuminate their homes. The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project,

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