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Sistine Solar’s custom panel skins give rise to stealthy photovoltaics

Sistine Solar’s custom panel skins give rise to stealthy photovoltaics If you feel like solar panels break the lines of your home’s aesthetic, or think that covering your roof in solar cells is a waste of advertising space, Sistine Solar’s new solar skins could be what you’re looking for.They let you make your rooftop panels look like whatever you want, without much impact on efficiency.

American homes have fewer TVs on average than they did in 2009

American homes have fewer TVs on average than they did in 2009 A new study from the government’s Energy Information Agency (EIA) shows that Americans own fewer TVs on average than they did just a few years ago.In fact, the number of households with no TVs has doubled since 2009.

Google patents an “energy manager” that tracks and controls electricity usage

Google patents an “energy manager” that tracks and controls electricity usage On Thursday, Google filed a patent for a system that would provide “intelligent temperature management based on energy usage profiles and outside weather conditions.The data provided by these two factors could then be used to tell customers how best to save energy in their homes, allowing for more efficient energy management.

Turning flowers into supercapacitors could be a future alternative energy system

Turning flowers into supercapacitors could be a future alternative energy system A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but could it store and release electrical energy?This is achieved by treating the rose with a conductive polymer solution that is soaked up like water.

Smart Meters may be dumber than you think, according to Dutch study

Smart Meters may be dumber than you think, according to Dutch study However, new research suggests that self-checking meters may actually be exaggerating the amount of energy being used, in some cases by as much as 580 percent.The concept of the smart meter is a relatively simple one.

OhmConnect wants to pay you to save energy (and the planet, too)

OhmConnect wants to pay you to save energy (and the planet, too) For the last three years, OhmConnect has been helping folks monitor their energy usage and save money.But if you save energy at that time, say by turning off your lights, your AC, or unplugging a few electronics, you can get paid (the company claims between $100 and $300 a year).

Facebook board member says there must be 'more open debate' on global warming

Facebook board member says there must be 'more open debate' on global warming This is all this according to Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member and influential advisor to President Donald Trump.When it comes to global warming, there is no credible other side to argue with given the lack of evidence showing that modern global warming is due to anything other than rising amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to human activities.

Apple is taking its clean energy promise to Japan and the open sea

Apple is taking its clean energy promise to Japan and the open sea ” Calling it a “significant step forward in Apple’s efforts to help its manufacturing partners transition to clean power,” Apple is now on track to be generating more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy for manufacturing products by the end of 2018.

Elon Musk promises to solve south Australia’s energy crisis in 100 days

Elon Musk promises to solve south Australia’s energy crisis in 100 days In a recent interview with the Australia publication Financial Review, Solar City co-founder and energy division head of Tesla Lyndon Rive boldly claimed the Elon Musk-backed companies could solve south Australia’s growing energy problem in no more than 100 days.A dramatic rise in prices coupled with a higher frequency of blackouts recently pushed south Australia on the brink of an all-out predicament.

We took the Mule Light V2 on an overnighter in the woods to put its illumination to the test

We took the Mule Light V2 on an overnighter in the woods to put its illumination to the test I found the level of illumination from the rechargeable Mule Light V2 to be impressive.The Mule Light V2 has a three setting (high, low, and strobe) 300 lumen spotlight and attachable red lens filter.

New version of Chrome is much easier on your laptop's battery

New version of Chrome is much easier on your laptop's battery Now, Google has partly addressed that issue by throttling background tabs so that they don't use a lot of CPU time, thus saving power.According to a post on Google's Chromium blog, the change, which went live with Chrome version 57, makes background tabs 25% less busy.

The Energy Star program saved you money for 25 years, but budget cuts could kill it

The Energy Star program saved you money for 25 years, but budget cuts could kill it A week later, E&E news noted that the White House plans to close out or transfer the Energy Star program.President Trump’s budget proposal, released today, confirms that it plans to eliminate more than 50 EPA programs, including Energy Star.

India finally becomes a net exporter of electricity

India finally becomes a net exporter of electricity Infamous for its power outages, India can finally tell the world it has become a net exporter of electricity.In comparison, the nation imported 5,585 million units of electricity during the same period, more than 200 million units short of the export quantity.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman files lawsuit against DOE over ceiling fans

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman files lawsuit against DOE over ceiling fans During the summer months, many of us leave our ceiling fans lazily spinning (or furiously twirling) all day.Monday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a statement saying the state will sue the DOE for delaying enacting the rules until September 30, 2017.

Tesla’s low-profile solar energy panels blend in with your rooftop

Tesla’s low-profile solar energy panels blend in with your rooftop The low-profile panels will be manufactured by Panasonic in Buffalo, New York, at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 starting this summer, Tesla told Electrek.More: Tesla’s stylish new solar roof expects to cost less than a traditional roof According to Tesla, the new panels will “exceed industry standards for durability and lifespan.

Could your fridge and AC become cheaper to buy but more costly to run?

Could your fridge and AC become cheaper to buy but more costly to run? Why it matters to you Energy and the environment has been a major point of contention under the new administration, and the appliances industry may be able to take advantage of that.Your home appliances may be getting more intelligent, but they could become less efficient.

Dry clothes in about 20 minutes? That’s the promise of the ultrasonic dryer

Dry clothes in about 20 minutes? That’s the promise of the ultrasonic dryer As dryers have become more energy efficient, dry times have gotten longer.In response, scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory found a way to have the best of both worlds: an ultrasonic dryer that is five times as efficient and also dries a medium-size load in about 20 minutes.

Save the planet and save money with these Earth Day green tech deals

Save the planet and save money with these Earth Day green tech deals Saving the planet shouldn’t be something we only think about once a year, but Earth Day does give us the opportunity to scope out the hottest tech products for going green.Energy-saving products also save YOU money, by lowering electrical bills and decreasing or even eliminating the need for batteries.