7 essential lessons about the Internet of Things

December 22, 2016 by  
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Better data and connected devices can help you slash energy consumption, but they come with a steep learning curve. Here’s how to get ahead.

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GM steers clean energy to Detroit

December 22, 2016 by  
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Corporate renewables purchasing is helping to revitalize Motor City. Here’s how to accelerate the transition.

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Contemporary ski chalet boasts gorgeous panoramic views and a low-energy footprint

June 3, 2016 by  
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To minimize site disturbance , the 2,750-square-foot ski chalet is elevated atop red cedar stilts and accessible via an entry bridge. Its raised profile allows snow and water run-off to flow freely beneath the building and, in warmer months, allows native ferns and mosses to grow underneath. The roof is angled at a slant that matches the slope of the mountain to prevent ice and snow buildup. The cabin is handsomely clad in dark-stained white cedar siding and complemented by square-grooved western red cedar planks that make up the underside of the roof eaves. The interior also makes use of western red cedar , which lines the ceiling. The main floor features a long and linear open-plan living area with a kitchen and dining area that overlooks dramatic panoramic views through a 27-foot-long bay window and window seat. A clerestory window on the opposite wall brings in morning light. Related: Spaceship-like ski chalet sheds snow with its sharp crystalline form The master suite is located on the north end of the main floor and also features large windows that frame stunning mountain views. The children’s bedrooms, guest bedroom, steam room, and playroom are located on the lower level and also enjoy expansive views. “The chalet’s thermal envelope is highly insulated and was carefully detailed to minimize thermal bridging and energy consumption,” said the architects. + RobitailleCurtis Via Dezeen Images via RobitailleCurtis

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INFOGRAPHIC: U.S. residential electricity consumption drops for the first time in a century

February 3, 2016 by  
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While the U.S. still has a long way to go with alternative energy , a new statistic has given us incredible hope for the future. For the first time in a century, energy consumption in U.S. homes has dropped. Since electricity first entered the home in the 1910’s, residential energy use has been steadily on the rise, but thanks to new developments in alternative technologies, our dependence on electricity is becoming more sustainable than ever before. From small changes, like the rise of circuit breakers and panels , to huge innovations like solar panels and home automation, the road to a cleaner, greener future has been a long — but worthwhile — process. Check out this fascinating infographic below to see how energy consumption has changed over the years. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: U.S. residential electricity consumption drops for the first time in a century

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Futuristic oceanscapers are floating villages 3D-printed from algae and plastic waste

December 28, 2015 by  
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Could patriotism motivate Americans to use less energy?

November 2, 2015 by  
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Linking climate change to national security might just change the way consumers think about energy consumption.

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Studio 102 transformed an abandoned house in Hanoi into a growing, green office space

October 6, 2015 by  
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New Efficiency Standards Heat Up Tank Vs. Tankless Water Heater Debate

August 26, 2015 by  
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Heating water is the second largest source of energy consumption in our homes, behind heating and cooling. For years, our traditional storage tank water heaters have been responsible for sucking up around 17% of our home’s energy use. The average…

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Oh Baby! 7 Steps To Design A Healthy Nursery

August 26, 2015 by  
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I can count on one hand the number of baby showers I’ve attended where the gifts received were intended to heal and nurture a newborn baby. In 2005, actress Demi Moore attended a Green Power Baby Shower which I thought was ingenious and hoped would…

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perFORM 2015 competition winner redefines net-zero urban living

August 18, 2015 by  
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