LED Christmas Lights Finally Shine for ConsumersDailyFinanceHome Depot's annual holiday-light trade-in always generates buzz among eco-conscious and thrifty consumers looking to get the greenest deals on energy-efficient LED lights.
The first ever Energy Efficiency Market Report was just released by the International Energy Agency, and it clearly illustrates for the 11 countries* it examined that between 1974 and 2010, energy efficiency was the largest energy resource. In 2010, alone, (the most recent year for which data is available) savings from energy efficiency was greater than the output from any other single fuel source – including coal, oil, nuclear and gas. Who knew?We already knew from a recently released NRDC report that energy efficiency – stretching our energy dollars to do more with less-- is America’s greatest energy resource. And that despite it being our most productive and cost-effective resource, we keep forgetting it is a resource just like coal and oil but so much cleaner in terms of our air. (Efficiency isn’t even included on the list of the “all of the above” energy strategies being discussed in most public discourse.) This isn’t just an American phenomenon, but a global one that the IEA refers to as the “hidden fuel…hiding in plain sight.”The IEA report makes a number of other very eye-opening findings with regard to energy efficiency, including:Click headline to read more--
R & D Magazine The chemistry of color: Energy researcher develops dye-based solar cells Phys.Org Today, the commercial silicon-based solar cells we see on rooftops are manufactured on glass plates, and they absorb the sun's energy and convert it...
British architects and interior designers PAD Studio have designed the New Forest Park House, a contemporary and eco-friendly home located in the south of England.
According to the architects: “The dwelling is set within an 18.5 acre plot, located adjacent to ancient woodland and heath, within the New Forest National Park. The massing, form and orientation of the new building has been carefully conceived to minimise the impact on the site and its surroundings. The main dwelling and annexe building both have low rise green roofs. The buildings are orientated to maximise solar gain, using ground source heat pump technology and a log boiler for heating and hot water requirements."
The design also incorporates rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and a natural swimming pond to further increase biodiversity within the site. The materials used throughout are sustainable, durable and in harmony with the site and its surroundings.
Artist lands patent with LED blown glass lightCoos Bay WorldSchwarz, of Schwarz Art, is known locally for his blown glass pieces, but he's developed a new LED lighting system that incorporates the blown glass, which landed him a patent last month.
Minneapolis Star TribuneColorado's solar rooftops deliver millions in benefitsDenver PostRooftop solar energy is helping Colorado families, schools and businesses take charge of their power supply and electricity bills like never before.
James Hurt's insight:
This will be the norm in the near future solar is hear to stay
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