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BREAKING NEWS: California Oil Spill update

05/20/15 1:00 pm

The US Coast Guard said that as of 12am PDT the recent oil spill off of the coast of California (18 miles west of Santa Barbara) that resulted from a pipeline failure in to a storm drain, had reached approximately 20,000 gallons of crude oil and covered nearly 9 miles of ocean. The Coast Guard currently […]

X-37B Spacecraft Reusable and Exciting, but Sustainable?

05/20/15 8:23 am

Space, the final (and most expensive) frontier is coming closer every year. From Elon Musk’s SpaceX company that promises individuals the ability to go to space to small unmanned and reusable rockets like the X-37B, space is closer than ever. Sustainability has been a big issue with NASA’s current and future plans. What NASA has […]

Sweden is Burning Trash – What This Means for America

05/14/15 9:42 pm

Viewed superficially, the idea that an entire country is burning its trash comes as something of a surprise. That the country is Sweden, and that the practice is not only considered environmentally friendly but that it also generates a significant amount of energy, is an even greater shock. In adopting this practice, however, Sweden has […]

SolaRoad results are much better than expected

05/09/15 10:03 am

The first power producing road in history, dubbed ‘SolaRoad’ developed by TNO in Noord, Holland, has produced more power than expected. Steven Sten de Wit, a spokesperson for SolaRoad commented – “We did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly” – “The bike road opened a year and a half ago and […]

Toms Shoes and Corporate Responsibility

05/08/15 3:12 pm

There is simply no denying that businesses are driven by the demands of the consumer, with the responses to those demands most frequently being dictated by the executives who occupy C-Suite positions. Considering the fact that many companies are now adding Chief Sustainability Officers to the C-Suite, it is clear that the demand for sustainable […]

Eco-Friendly Tips

Use Radiator Panels and Foil

12/03/10 10:32 am

Radiator panels are another low cost method of saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. Radiator panels are a brilliant method of reflecting the lost heat from radiator that is lost from behind as heat escapes to the back wall. Radiator panels reflect this heat back into the room, increasing the output of the radiator [...]

Switch To LED Light Bulbs

12/03/10 10:29 am

LED bulbs use 50-80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs have an incredible life span of 50,000+ hours versus 8,000 hours for fluorescent light bulbs and 1,500 hours for an incandescent light bulb. An LED flashlight, lantern or headlamp can run 100+ hours on one set of batteries making them the perfect green choice [...]

Wash Your Clothes In Cold Water

12/03/10 10:22 am

Washing all your clothes in hot water doesn’t really make any difference in terms of cleanliness from washing them in cold water. The real difference here is how much energy you save by washing your items in cold water. Switching to cold washes could save a whopping 85% of the energy used per load. So, [...]

Install A Water-Saving Showerhead

12/03/10 10:18 am

A typical, run-of-the-mill shower head (like 90% of the shower heads in use today) uses 4-5 gallons of water per minute (GPM.) Take longer than a two minute shower, and that can get expensive and can use up way too much energy and water. Energy efficient or water-saving shower heads can be found in a [...]

Lower Your Thermostat At Night

12/03/10 10:04 am

During the chilly winter months, its a great idea to set your thermostat a few degrees lower while you sleep. Not only will you sleep more soundly, but by turning the temperature down, you will cut your utility bills by one to two percent for each degree you lower the temperature. There are many programmable [...]

Eco-Friendly Automobiles

Google’s Self-Driving Cars are a Go!

05/17/15 6:35 pm

Googles self driving fully autonomous cars seem to be coming to fruition very quickly. Google just announced that their new prototype will be hitting the streets of Mountain View California this summer. Even though these cars have the potential of reducing the human based accident factor by 94% according this THIS report published by the Department […]

Honda gives itself room to delay FCV hydrogen car until June 2017

03/26/15 8:06 pm

So, we asked Honda North America’s senior environment and safety specialist Angie Nucci if this means that the FCV will be delayed at all. She said she doesn’t have additional details for the next-gen FCV availability, “other than March 2016 in Japan and then the US and Europe after. It’s the same timing that we […]

Uber Tests All-Electric Cars in Chicago

03/17/15 11:53 am

Uber announced last Friday that they have signed a deal with one of China’s largest automakers BYD Co. to test a fleet of their electric cars in a pilot program for its drivers. Uber launched the pilot program in Chicago just a few weeks ago to use the BYD e6 electric cars and if all […]

Apple Named In Lawsuit For Poaching A123 Car Battery Engineers

02/19/15 8:36 am

If rumors about Apple seriously considering developing an electric car weren’t already picking up steam, the latest lawsuit filed against the tech giant should add more than enough fuel to the fire. A123 Systems, a company that specializes in manufacturing lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, has accused Apple of aggressively poaching their employees. The suit […]

Could an Apple Car Compete with Tesla?

02/18/15 10:43 am

It’s been a while since Apple has made a real splash in the news, but the Wall Street Journal broke news last week with rumors that the company responsible for the creation of the iPhone has a team of employees working on a design for an electric car. What we know so far is that […]

Solar Power

Ripasso may have Doubled Solar Power

05/18/15 11:19 am

Swedish company Ripasso may have just doubled solar power technology, increasing it’s effectiveness to an astonishing 34% of sunlight directly in to solar power. Photovoltaic solar panels can turn as much as 23% of the sun in to usable grid power while traditional solar panels convert at around 14% to 16%.  The ‘new’ solar tech […]

Lease or Buy Solar Panels, That is the Question!

05/08/15 12:21 pm

Well, summer is nearly upon us and there’s no better time to save money with solar panels. With the ever growing popularity of ‘going green’ or ‘going solar’ as well as improved solar cell technology many find themselves asking if it’s time to finally dig in to this idea and see what the panel + […]

Apple’s New $850M Solar Plant Will Power Their California Operations

02/18/15 9:15 am

Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the Goldman Sachs technology conference this week in San Francisco, revealing Apple’s plans to build a massive solar complex in Monteray County, California. Cook, Apple’s CEO, gave the audience some details of the plan, including the projected cost, which is approximately $850 million. The plant will generate enough […]

Japan Considers Solar Power Pull-Back

10/10/14 11:19 am

Japan has been experiencing a solar energy boom in recent years but rapid expansion has left utilities claiming they’re unable to accept and regulate the amount of sources that are generating power only when the sun is shining. Five of the nation’s largest utilities have begun restricting access of recently completed solar farms to their […]

Guest Post: In Many Locations, Rebates Make Solar Power a Good Deal

11/06/12 9:30 am

If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bill, you may have considered installing solar power generation capabilities at your home or business. The central question behind such an endeavor is always whether the move makes financial sense. A big part of the answer is determined by geography. If you’re located in an area […]

Wind Power

MidAmerican Energy Proposes $280 Million Wind Project

10/10/14 10:16 am

Iowa’s Adam’s County will get a new wind farm as MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans today to open a new wind farm and expand a second site in O’Brien County in 2015, investing $280 million in wind turbines. MidAmerican, the nation’s leader in wind-powered generators, proposed a wind project that would result in the installation […]

In Many Locations, Wind Power Is a Sound Investment

11/06/12 9:40 am

Investment in wind power — whether by a government, utility or consumer — is a sound strategy if the benefits outweigh the costs. How costs and benefits are evaluated can be different in each case, but usually our primary considerations are financial. So we could say that an investment is wise if it returns more […]

Energy Deregulation Needs to Expand

10/25/12 9:23 am

During the past twenty years, several states have embraced deregulation of the energy market and it has proven to be a boon for the wind industry. It’s simple. People want to go green, and having a deregulated energy market makes it easy for them to choose an electricity supplier that only purchases energy generated by […]

Wind Power Tax Break Fails in Senate

03/15/12 6:50 pm

In a move that Democratic Senator Mark Udall claims could destroy the wind energy industry in the US, the extension of a federal tax break for wind energy production failed in the Senate on Tuesday. The vote was 49-49 on an amendment to another bill, but it had needed 60 votes to pass. The tax […]

Wind Farm Off Shore of Cumbrian, UK to be World’s Biggest

02/10/12 4:53 pm

Expected to produce enough electricity for 320,000 homes in the UK and be marked as the world’s largest wind farm, the new 367 megawatt Walney wind farm project 6km off the Cumbrian coast opened yesterday. The $1 billion pound (US$1.58 billion) project is a joint venture between SSE, OPW and DONG Energy that includes 102 […]

Eco-Friendly Technology

Best Android Apps for Kids

12/16/13 11:23 am

With Android applications aimed at children starting to multiply rapidly – perhaps compensating for what has up until now been a real lack in market offerings, at least in comparison to those offered to Apple junkies – we’ve compiled a list of the best Android apps to keep your kids curious, stimulated and…quietly entertained while […]

Nikon Showcases Android Powered Coolpix S800c

08/22/12 10:01 am

The growth of smartphone sales over the past several years has led to lower demand for compact cameras. However, Nikon hopes to reverse that trend by incorporating the Android operating system into its latest compact camera. Nikon is describing its new point-and-shoot, the Coolpix S800c, as a “social imaging device.” The Coolpix S800c comes with […]

Lookout AT&T, Verizon: Unlimited Data Plan Returns to T-Mobile

08/22/12 9:54 am

As the largest wireless carriers, AT&T and Verizon, have done away with unlimited data plans over the lase few years, T-Mobile has decided to bring them back. The nation’s fourth largest wireless carrier has announced that it will start selling unlimited data plans once again starting September 5. T-Mobile has been losing customers to both […]

Apple Patent Granted to Skip TV Commercials

08/22/12 9:20 am

Annoying commercials may no longer hinder your ability to enjoy watching television. Apple was just granted a patent that allows users to skip TV commercials. Instead of hearing ads about the newest cars for sale, restaurants, and banks, you could play your favorite song or music video during the breaks from your programming. Dish Network’s […]

Apple Makes Changes at Foxconn Companies, but More Are Needed

08/22/12 9:12 am

Apple has come under international scrutiny in the past few years for high suicide rates at its partner Foxconn’s Chinese factories, one of the main suppliers for Apple products around the world. Recently, the Fair Labor Association, or FLA, released its report on the state of Foxconn, detailing which steps the company had already taken […]