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How To Save Energy In The Home

Saving energy and cutting down on carbon emissions helps preserve the environment for future generations, but if that isn’t enough to motivate you, it also saves you money. A few simple measures can have a significant impact on your energy bills. Continue reading

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The Latest on Eco Cars – Hybrids and Electric

In the past month, there has been positive news and some more negative in the eco car market. Sales and manufacturer confidence seem to remain strong for hybrids while some are declaring the death of the electric car. Reports of the demise of electric cars may be exaggerated however. Continue reading

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US Army Net Zero Energy in Action

The US Army Net Zero policy on energy consumption builds on previous efforts to reduce oil dependency. The ultimate goal is to match consumption of energy with energy produced on site or which can be sourced locally. The program also aims to use only water which is collected on site and to send no waste to landfill. Continue reading

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Four Questions About Hard Water and its Treatment

If your water seems to have a strange fragrance or it leaves a lot of colorful deposits on your appliances, chances are you have “hard water.” It isn’t necessarily as bad or as complicated as you might think. We look at some hard water questions and their answers. Continue reading

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UK Parliament Consults on Sustainable Building

The UK Parliament is looking to industry for submissions about the state of sustainable building in the country and feedback on the Green Deal. The initiative comes from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment. Continue reading

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Perdue University Helps Recycle Flat Screen TVs

“Over the next few years, it is expected that hundreds of millions of CCFL-backlighted LCDs will retire each year. Without proper treatment, these used LCDs could lead to serious damage to the environment.” Researchers at Perdue University are on the case. Continue reading

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Gas Prices and Incentives Boost EV Sales in California

The NY Times reports from California where gasoline prices have been hitting the $5 per gallon mark. This has been affecting sales and interest in hybrids and electric vehicles. Dealers agree that gas prices are an important part of the story but also point to manufacturer incentives. Continue reading

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Unilever’s Plans to Cut Emmissions

Unilever is joining many big international businesses in looking to cut down on their fuel use. Truck journeys are expensive and increasingly so. Companies are also under pressure to cut their carbon emissions. With business and environmental reasons coinciding the time is ripe for such actions. Unilever thinks it can cut 200 million kilometers, annually by 2014. Continue reading

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A Huge, Cheap, Battery to Store Renewable Energy

Grid level energy storage solves the problem of intermittent supply and is the missing link for renewable energy. MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, wants to us to invent our way out of the current energy crisis. His liquid metal battery might help us do just that. Continue reading

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Local Renewable Energy Provides Local Sustainable Food

Congratulations to Barry Adler and RainFresh Harvests who supply local restaurants and shops in Plain City, Ohio with a range of vegetables herbs and berries throughout the year, powered, off-grid, by their own wind and solar generated electricity. Continue reading

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Building Material Recycle and Reuse Company Wins SXSW Eco Startup Showcase

Congratulations to PLANETREUSE, a building materials reuse company, who last week won the first SXSW Eco Startup Showcase. If you are looking for reclaimed building materials or have materials to offer, Planetreuse can help you make a match. Continue reading

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Natural Gas Prices See US Coal Power Dying Out

Coal power in the US is dying out twice as fast as previously predicted. The main cause doesn’t seem to be the EPA regulation the industry feared. Instead, market conditions are driving utility companies away from building new coal plants, towards cheaper natural gas. Continue reading

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Senator Byron Dorgan at SXSW: Is the US Missing Out on Economic Opportunities in Clean Energy?

Senator Byron Dorgan, senior policy advisor at Arent Fox LLP, gave a keynote address at the South by Southwest ECO conference in Austin Texas last week. In it he suggests that the US has been missing out on many of the economic opportunities offered by clean energy technologies. Continue reading

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Cardboard – Slightly More Interesting Than You’d Think

Cardboard is used in the transportation of 90% of products in the US, accounts for 20% of all municipal waste, and, of course, it should be recycled. But did you know it can be used to break a sky diver’s 80 mph fall or make cheap copies of vinyl records? Continue reading

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UK Government Clash with Europe on Green Regulation

The EU and the UK Government seem likely to cross swords on green issues. The UK Prime Minister is under pressure from his party to be tougher over Europe and European regulations. This has lead to accusations of “untrue” claims from Europe’s environment commissioner, Janez Potocnik. Continue reading

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New Report Questions Green Credentials of EVs

A new report on the green credentials of electric vehicles finds EVs to have significantly heavier environmental impact in production in both global warming potential (GWP) and toxicity than conventional vehicles while having a major GWP advantage over the working life of the vehicle. Continue reading

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Performance Reviews for Walmart Buyers Will Now Include Sustainability

Walmart is about to include sustainability in its merchant performance reviews. These reviews affect the pay and promotion of Walmart buyers who decide what Walmart stocks on its shelves. It is a change which puts billions of dollars into play and could have a profound affect on retail around the world. Continue reading

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Residential Storm Water Management Tips

Storm water runoff can damage your property and cause problems of soil erosion in your garden or surrounding areas. Proper management and utilization of storm water will protect your property and your immediate environment. Continue reading

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EV and Hybrid Combined, Meet the hyMod

Romanian team, Dan Scarlat, Marian Cilibeanu and Cristian Ionescu has designed a new concept in electric and hybrid vehicles. The SCIhyMod proposes a modular solution allowing the car to be a pure EV for shorter urban travel and to convert to a hybrid using an internal combustion module. Continue reading

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Audi ‘Wonder Fuel’ the New Green Diesel?

Audi and Joule, a US-based technology firm, are behind e-ethanol being hailed as the ‘wonder fuel’ which may replace ‘clean diesel’. This without needing to modify the existing Audi TDI clean diesel system. Continue reading

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