Battery storage holds promise in the commercial market

November 8, 2017 by  
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Here’s how a new report from NREL shows that 25 percent of customers could reduce their utility costs.

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Sierra Club’s Michael Brune keeps it real on energy

November 8, 2017 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. In this episode: Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, says “we’ve turned a corner.”

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Terracycle, P&G partner in a love-hate relationship with trash

November 8, 2017 by  
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Takeaways from Terracycle, mad scientists of recycling, from 15 years of working with global consumer brands.

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Alison Canyon natural gas facility could reopen despite unresolved issues over leak

January 18, 2017 by  
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In a troubling decision , California state regulators could allow the Aliso Canyon natural gas site near Los Angeles to reopen, despite the fact that the cause of 2015’s massive gas leak has never been determined. In October, a pressurized gas well blew out and released a massive plume of natural gas for five months before it was sealed permanently with cement, forcing thousands of nearby residents to evacuate their homes. It’s unclear exactly when the site will reopen, and there are still two public hearings in February before regulators make a final decision. So far, only 34 of the remaining 114 wells on the site have been tested for safety. While those particular wells have passed pressure tests, there are indications that some may have below-ground leaks. The extent of them, however, is unknown. Even more disturbing is the fact that the Santa Susana Fault runs through the gas field, yet seismic testing has yet been completed verifying the safety of the facility in the event of an earthquake . Geologists tapped by the state in December 2016 warned regulators that a significant earthquake is likely to hit the area sometime in the next 50 years. Related: Damage report reveals LA methane leak is one of the worst disasters in US history Despite this, there is some good news: the state is requiring Southern California Gas Co. to take new safety precautions that weren’t in place before the leak. For one thing, the utility is required to monitor wells for leaks now. Regulators are capping the production of the field – while it has a capacity of 83 billion cubic feet, it’s only going to be allowed to operate at 29 billion cubic feet going forward, with surface pressures nearly 20 percent less than what the gas company has requested. While reopening the facility still poses risks, it seems the state is doing what it can to reduce them in the future. Via Los Angeles Times Images via SoCalGas

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How to make your home more energy efficient

July 18, 2016 by  
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Whether you’re looking to save the environment or save on your utility bills, making your home more energy efficient is always a smart move. Senator Windows put together an infographic with some energy saving tips and tricks for all the major rooms of the house. From advice on new appliances to buy to easy suggestions on how to cut back on energy use, the infographic explores many ways for making your home more energy efficient. + Senator Windows

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Nevada’s cautionary tale on the business of solar

January 21, 2016 by  
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The state’s residential solar program is so effective that the utility company cites large revenue loss as cause to raise tariffs on solar customers.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Helpful tips on making an eco-friendly home

October 20, 2015 by  
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Whether you’re planning to build a home or spruce up an existing one, it always pays to consider the environment in the process. Incorporating eco-friendly features not only reduces your carbon footprint , but it can also help lower your utility bills by a large portion. Senator Windows put together a collection of helpful tips and reminders on how to go green, as well as some industry insights from experts who shed light on the worst energy hogs in the home. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Helpful tips on making an eco-friendly home

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ZDesk is a portable sitting/standing desk designed for laptop users

October 20, 2015 by  
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There are plenty of standing desks out there for desktop computers, but now there is a sit-stand desk designed specifically for the laptop user. While many sit-stand desks pay little attention to the aesthetic factor, the ZDesk focuses on a minimal and sleek appearance. Internally the desk is powered by a low-friction gas spring, making for a smooth transition from sitting to standing positions. Apart from laptops, the desk can also be used to hold artists’ supplies, writing media, as well as tablet computers. The designers of the ZDesk claim that it may improve users’ health – encouraging movement for tasks that often require long periods of inactivity, whether sitting or standing. Help Kickstart the project and get one of your own. + ZDesk

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8 Adorable DIY Halloween costumes for pets

October 20, 2015 by  
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Paul Lukez Architecture to build a small, energy plus home outside Boston

April 2, 2015 by  
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Paul Lukez Architecture (PLA) is planning to build a small, energy efficient home located in suburban Boston, designed for a schoolteacher who wanted to stay in the area despite the ever-rising cost of housing. This home is classified as “Energy Plus,” which means that it produces more energy than it needs. Boston-area solar panel installers Transformations, Inc . will partner with PLA to complete this project. The custom zero energy home will have a rooftop full of solar panels , as well as other energy smart features. Instead of paying a utility bill each month, this homeowner can sell the excess energy back to the utility company, earning a nice little bonus each month simply by living in his Energy Plus home. In 900-square-feet, the slant-roof home has two bedrooms with lofty spaces and great natural light . The home will cost under $300,000, which is remarkably competitive for the suburban Boston real estate market. Construction of this efficient Energy Plus home is planned for this summer. + Paul Lukez Architecture + Transformations, Inc. Image via Paul Lukez Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boston area , energy efficient home design , energy efficient homes boston , energy plus , Paul Lukez Architecture , small energy efficient homes , solar panel roof , transformations inc , zero energy home

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