3 simple life hacks to keep cool and save energy this summer

June 16, 2016 by  
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The weather for summer 2016 is forecast to be 3 percent higher than the last decade’s average. As temperatures start to soar, so do energy bills. Cranking up the air conditioner or blasting fans all hours of the day may help cool things down, but it isn’t very good for the environment, or your wallet. Air conditioner use results in the release of an estimated 100 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to Energy Saver. We’ve got 3 super simple tips to help you reduce your energy consumption that won’t make you completely change the way you live. When it comes to staying cool this summer, a few small changes can make a big difference in energy conservation .   Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. The average U.S. consumer eats nearly 22 pounds of ice cream every year with the demand for it rising with the temperature. It’s nice to think there’s no such thing as having too much and it turns out energy conservation analysts agree. The more that’s packed in the freezer, the better it is for energy costs. There’s now a good excuse to stock up on sweet treats or take time to meal plan for the week ahead. All for the sake of saving energy. Nothing feels better after a long run or a sweat-worthy workout than a cold shower to revitalize the body and feel refreshed. A cold shower is good for the skin, circulatory system, and overall wellness. Bonus: it helps cut energy costs. By giving the water heater a bit of break on hot, summer days and keeping shower time short, both a person’s body and energy budget can reap the benefits. Contrary to popular belief, laundry temperatures don’t have to be on the hottest setting to get clothes clean. Water heating makes up 18 percent of a home’s energy use, which translates to higher expenses month-over-month. Cold water is gentler on fabrics and works just as well to get stains out. Turn the dial to the cold setting to see savings on the energy bill. Simple life hacks are the perfect solution for people who want to reduce their energy spend without fully compromising their lifestyles. It’s best to identify a few areas which may be easier to cut back first before charging full-fledged into an energy-saving overhaul. It doesn’t take too much effort to practice conservation and reduce costs. Summer is a great time to implement changes that will have a positive impact on the months ahead. Saving energy in small ways adds up to permanently changing energy conservation for the better. Lead image via Shutterstock

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Plantereo is a self-watering planter that can be converted into a terrarium

June 16, 2016 by  
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When Pratt student Richenna King moved from the sunny Philippines to an apartment in Brooklyn to study Industrial Design, she longed for the expansive garden space she had back home. It is a common challenge among city-dwelling gardening enthusiasts to grow their plants in confined living spaces. With the help of her creative partner, Vic Sison, they developed Plantereo , an intelligently designed and easy-to-use self-watering planter made of satin glazed ceramic and glass. By stacking the ceramic pot on top of the glass holder and filling it with water, your plant will sustain itself for up to five days without watering. Invert the glass holder onto the ceramic pot, and Plantereo instantly transforms into a warm and humid terrarium — great for sprouting seeds and growing plants like Venus Flytraps and miniature ferns. Plantereo’s crowdfunding campaign is currently live on Kickstarter . + Plantereo

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Obama just released the biggest energy efficiency rule in U.S. history

December 17, 2015 by  
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A new set of energy efficiency rules —the biggest ever released by the United States government—was rolled out today. The energy-saving measures target commercial air conditioners and furnaces, which are responsible for consuming vast amounts of the nation’s energy. By tightening up the heating and cooling systems on large buildings, the Energy Department estimates business owners will save hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs, in addition to vast reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of Obama just released the biggest energy efficiency rule in U.S. history

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Using Software to Design Sustainability into the Manufacturing Process

December 14, 2011 by  
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As the world of manufacturing gets increasingly more high-tech, there are a growing number of tools that can help companies focus on reducing energy and materials use at every stage from concept to production.

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China Unveils Fuel Cell Light Rail Train

November 30, 2010 by  
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China has been making great strides in mass transit in the past year.  They’re building a huge Asia-Europe rail network , rapidly expanding their national high speed rail lines and have unveiled the world’s fastest high-speed train .  The country has now revealed a fuel cell light rail locomotive for local, city-wide and suburban transportation. The locomotive was developed by the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and the Southwest Jiaotong University.  The train is powered by a permanent-magnet motor and hydrogen fuel cells that run a synchronous motor and frequency converter.  This set up allows the train to produce and use power very efficiently while also cutting down on vibrations and noise. The magnet motor out-performs traditional motors while reducing energy use by 10 – 20 percent

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Schneider Electric: Transitioning from Transistors to Smart Grids

September 30, 2010 by  
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The 170-year-old company is in the midst of a rejuvenation, throwing its tools and experience behind a holistic energy management platform aimed at reducing energy use across the enterprise.

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Green Investment Lessons from the Prophet of Sinking Societies

September 29, 2010 by  
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond believes investors should view a dozen dire challenges facing humanity — including climate change, low-cost energy and soil depletion — as money-making opportunities they need not apologize for.

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Tofu Ingredient Makes Safer Wood Glue

September 29, 2010 by  
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 An ingredient found in tofu and soy milk can be used to make formaldehyde-free adhesive for plywood, furniture and other wood products.

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Most Americans Unsure of Most Effective Ways to Save Energy

August 18, 2010 by  
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Most Americans overlook efficiency as the most effective means of reducing energy consumption. At the same time, poor public perception of the amount of energy needed by appliances and certain activities may be preventing consumers from making more informed choices when it comes to energy-saving behavior, a new survey suggests.

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Business and Development: Challenges and Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing World

July 29, 2010 by  
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This report explores the criticial role business must play as an engine of economic growth and employment, and a driver of innovation and technology development, in world that is increasingly operating under natural resource constraints.

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