Recycling: we all know what we should do and we all know what we do do. It is just so much easier to toss that soda bottle or can in the trash than it is to bring it home and then bring it to a recycling center. We are willing to toss all those nickels in the trash instead of making the effort to recycle. Read more
According to ENERGY STAR™, kitchen lighting is responsible for a substantial amount of energy use in a home. Cree is partnering with Habitat for Humanity with a 3-year commitment to provide high efficiency Cree LED downlights for the kitchens in all new Habitat for Humanity homes. Providing energy saving lighting will reduce energy use and cost for future homeowners. The kitchen lighting packages feature Cree’s newest LED downlight, the CR6. The CR6 is designed to last 50,000 hours, which is more than 22 years if the lights are used six hours a day. These LED downlights exceed ENERGY STAR™ criteria, consuming 85% less energy than an incandescent and 55% less energy than a compact fluorescent. The lights will be available for all Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country and will make the homes more affordable and contribute to developing sustainable communities.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in partnership with Net Impact, has announced the launch of its third annual Climate Corps program, in which MBA students from leading business schools are matched with companies that need to develop cost-effective, practical energy efficiency plans. Results are win-win-win: companies are supplied with strategies to reduce energy usage and costs in their buildings, next-generation business leaders learn to incorporate energy efficiency as a standard management practice; and greenhouse gas emissions reductions are realized. Read more
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced that 48 research and development projects were selected as award winners of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge. A total of $13 million in grants, and an additional $5 million from private industry, will go towards funding projects that encourage breakthrough achievements in the development of energy-efficient technologies and practices that will lower industrial energy consumption. Read more
Smart metering isn’t new but it also isn’t widely known about or widely used for energy use decision making. Homeowners only think about energy use when the bill arrives and then they may not have the ability to make informed decisions on their energy consumption. Now, with IBM teaming up with energy consultant Hildebrand, the UK homeowner will have the tools to modify the amount of energy they use. IBM is supplying the data management software which, when combined with the Hildebrand monitoring system, will enable real-time analysis of electricity usage for households, or even for individual appliances, to help people make better decisions about energy efficiency in the home and minimize their environmental impact. Guido Bartels, General Manager of Energy & Utilities at IBM, can be seen discussing Hildebrand and energy use by viewing this video.