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LED Shower Head Helps You Save Water, Power, Gas, & Money!

August 29th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

According to the Uji’s inventors, the system works well enough to cut shower times by 12%, significantly cutting back on water use and heating bills. Those savings add up to about $85/year in a typical American home, and much more in places like Hawaii or in a university/dorm setting


Toshiba Introduces Voice-Controlled AND Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner

September 16th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Toshiba Home Appliance of the Toshiba Group has introduced the world’s first voice controlled air conditioner – the Daiseikai VOiCE NDR Series. There are 13 models with a variety of functions and colors. As with most Japanese A/C units, it is meant to be mounted on the wall and controlled via remote control. Having lost my remote control countless times, the voice activation feature seems pretty handy. From Toshiba’s point of view, they developed the voice command system to introduce simplicity and an intuitive user interface to a multifunctional and potentially confusing home appliance


German Buildings Not as Cold as You Think

August 22nd, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

German citizens must get colder every winter -- according to co2online GmbH, the amount of energy used to heat residential buildings has decreased by 22% since 2002, sinking from 161 kWh/m2/year to 126 kWh/ m2/year. The company claims it has collected data from over a million homes


Total Power Saving

August 13th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

The Japanese company DNP Social Link has launched a smartphone application which allows users to monitor electricity usage in the home. The application, called “Total Power Saving,” is free to download for DNP Social Link’s customers in Japan


Solar PV Panel Shading, a New Consideration for ROI?

July 26th, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

One of the essential questions we ask with solar PV installation is "what will the return on the investment (ROI) be?" Many considerations are used to calculate a result. Researchers at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, under the direction of professor for environmental engineering Jan Kleissl, have recently provided us with yet another consideration to incorporate into these equations -- the energy efficiency benefit of solar panel shade. Using a thermal infrared camera, they were able to calculate the value of solar panel roof shading



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