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Tesla Powerwall Saves The Day In SCE Power Outage

June 16th, 2020 | by Kyle Field

Our local utility notified us that a power outage with an 8-hour outage window spanning from 9am to 5pm was scheduled for June 3rd. For most people, in a non-pandemic world, that would not be a problem. People are normally at work during the day, so the outage passes by unnoticed


IKEA Put 1 Million Solar Panels On 370 Stores In 2019

May 4th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

In 2019, IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure. IKEA put 1 million solar panels on 370 0f its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. The goal is to be climate positive by 2030. IKEA shows that we have the solutions. So, what's stopping us from implementing them


Heat Pump Water Heaters — Game Changers In Efficiency

April 26th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

On the journey to making our homes money savers and climate champions, water heating has always been a stumbling block. While there are easy ways to use hot water efficiently (like the low-flow shower heads we featured in this Go Zero Hack), it’s a challenge to heat water without polluting


Solar Window Technology Takes A Leap Forward In Australia

April 21st, 2020 | by Steve Hanley

Just imagine how much solar electricity could be generated around the world if all the windows in factories and office towers helped to power the buildings they were installed in. Researchers in Australia are hot on the trail of a new technology that could make solar windows a reality


Adventures In Municipal Data Science

April 17th, 2020 | by Michael Barnard

As we deal with the fallout of the big Cs -- climate change and the coronavirus -- we need to be able to rapidly adapt our urban fabric and buildings


Shelter-At-Home Project: DIY LED Lighting Upgrade

April 9th, 2020 | by Kyle Field

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many into an unplanned staycation at home for several weeks already and no end date is in sight. One can only spend so much time on Netflix, YouTube, Duolingo, and Khan Academy before looking for more exciting projects to tackle. Upgrading to LED light bulbs is one such upgrade that offers not only energy savings every month, but more control over the type of lighting being provided and a more pleasing aesthetic. Curious? Let's jump in


Green Building Would Add 30,000 Plants & Trees To Cityscape

April 6th, 2020 | by Jo Borrás

The stunning piece of green building architecture you're looking at here is called the Rainbow Tree Residential Tower, and its architect claims that, once (if?) built, the 377-foot timber tower would bring more than 30,000 new plants, shrubs, and trees to the skyline of Cebu, Philippines


Haaks Is A Dutch Tiny House You Can Have Delivered, Or Take Out

April 4th, 2020 | by Jo Borrás

With so many of us sheltering in place or locked down in our homes altogether, the tiny house thing may have lost some of its appeal in recent days. Even so, the simplicity and the "getting away from it all" vibe of the movement will always speak to people with wandering hearts, and Dutch company Haaks Campers just made it easier than ever to have your tiny house delivered wherever you want it



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