Hawaii hopes peer pressure will reduce energy use

Hawaii's main energy efficiency and conservation program — initially focused primarily on hardware upgrades such as compact fluorescent bulbs, Energy Star appliances and air conditioning retrofits — is now getting some help from behavioral scientists in its mission to cut...

DOE study confirms LEDs most environmentally friendly lighting

LED lamps have a slight environmental edge over compact fluorescent lamps and a significantly lower environmental impact than incandescent lighting over the lifetime of the products, according to a Department of Energy report. The report, LED Manufacturing and Performance, is...

National Renewable Energy Lab is building homes of the future that are smarter than you

In the future, your home and its appliances might talk to you, make decisions for you, and, if the National Renewable Energy Lab is successful, help you save money, according to Denver Westwood. Westword recently visited the Golden campus of NREL, a national laboratory associated with the U.S. Dept.

On the cusp of smart home technology

Today's homes are becoming smarter and smarter, thanks to embedded technologies. While we're a good way off from talking homes with their own personalities popularized on television and in the movies they can do amazing things.Our homes can keep out...

Save energy, lower costs with home audit

When Jason Schlosberg and Donna Lombardo bought their house in Arlington, Va. in 2009, they were pleased with many aspects of their new residence.

Energy-efficiency projects complete in NYC's largest residential buildings

Urban American Management, an owner and manager of apartment buildings in the New York area, has completed an array of energy efficiency retrofits in conjunction with New York State Energy Research & Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program (MPP). The...

GE earns Energy Star award

GE Appliances & Lighting has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award for the seventh consecutive year. GE Appliances & Lighting supports the Energy Star program through a variety of initiatives, including training sales employees, retailers...

Nexxus Lighting introduces new high-performance LED bulb

Nexxus Lighting announced today that its new Array LED BR30 replacement light bulb, which debuts in March, incorporates a new enhanced dimming circuit and patented second-generation Selective Heat Sink Technology, allowing for significant reductions in material cost and weight. The...

Lawmaker opposing light bulb ban in Virginia

A Virginia lawmaker opposes the new light bulb ban, according to CBS News. Delegate Bob Marshall, a republican in Prince William County, Va., has introduced legislation to allow the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs within Virginia's borders after...

Habitat goes green and saves new residents some green

Antonio and Christie Miller of Nashville can smile when they talk about their utility bills. So can Casey Greer, according to USA Today. That's because they're residents of new Habitat for Humanity homes that were built to meet top energy-efficiency...

Energy-saving gadgets and Samsung appliances debut at CES

At this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, products recycling and saving energy are getting attention, according to USA Today. These products include an ecoATM that gives consumers cash for used electronics, a solar-powered netbook, an iPhone cover...

Solatube launches new line of decorative fixtures

Solatube International Inc., which manufactures Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), has a new line of decorative fixtures called Glass Distractions. The fixtures provide a decorative element for ceilings. There are six new decorative fixtures in the line: JustFrost: A clean, contemporary...

Samsung introduces advanced LED light bulbs

Samsung announced today its first LED lighting solution for the U.S. consumer market.

China to phase out energy-inefficient light bulbs

China is phasing out incandescent light bulbs within five years in an attempt to make the world's most polluting nation more energy efficient. China will ban imports and sales of 100-watt and higher incandescent bulbs from Oct.

EPA announces 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition winner

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the University of Central Florida (UCF) is the winner of EPA's 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.

LED lights might help with sleep

Biological-specific lights tuned so as not to interfere with an individual's normal production of melatonin, the hormone secreted from the pineal gland linked to sleepiness, could begin to hit the market in about two years, according to The New York...

DOE, Ad Council launch consumer energy saving campaign

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council today launched a national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills.

Wi-Fi connected lightbulbs to be controlled with iPad

Ready to turn lights on and off with your iPad? Later this year, a Wi-Fi connected lightbulb will be able to transform your house into a well-lit, eco-friendly smart home. NXP, a Netherlands-based semiconductor company, has invented Greenchip technology that...

ZETA fabricates home for net zero energy project

California-based ZETA Communities recently announced a new project worth noting. It's an affordable, net-zero energy community with 22 starter homes in Stockton, Calif., called Tierra del Sol.

Google's Android phone app to turn on household lights

Android is the top smartphone operating system in the United States, and the phone can now become the first mass-market bridge between the virtual and physical world, with apps controlling light bulbs, home appliances and more, according to MercuryNews.com. The...

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