Grow Peanuts Instead of Lawn and Save Water
Created 8/6/2010 9:32:09 AM 
Household lawn is only behind corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay in terms of cropland acreage, and it uses about the same amount of fertilizer as row crops! Outdoor watering also accounts for 30% of household water use, much of that likely going to grass. In other words, individual households cumulatively play a major role in in water quality issues related to lawn care.
Carbon Dioxide Per Mile: The EPA's New Standard
Created 5/28/2010 8:32:30 AM 
In case you missed the news, the EPA announced new emissions rules for cars recently. The rules are expected to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases about 30 percent from 2012 to 2016. Officials said the program would save the owner of an average 2016 car about $3,000 in fuel over the life of the vehicle and eliminate emissions of nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gases over the lives of all regulated vehicles.
Recharge your Batteries from Thin Air
Created 2/1/2010 9:54:11 AM 
Always trying to figure out ways to slash your electric bill? Now you no longer have to turn off the heat and eat in the dark, thanks to the RCA Airenergy battery. Forget PowerMats and wireless charging and the like, because the Airnergy wi-fi signal harvester is my new front runner for the future of gadget charging.
The New Tire Recycling Business
Created 1/29/2010 8:54:11 AM 
Itís like finding money on the street: the average tire contains the same energy as seven gallons of oil, and it has a heat content up to 16% higher than coal. Thatís one reason why tire recycling is starting to catch on in a big way. Itís finally starting to put a dent in the notorious tire dumps in the U.S., many which are illegal.
Holy Green Computing
Created 12/18/2009 8:24:48 AM 
Computer equipment and data centers take up lots of space, suck a ton of energy, and generate a large amount of heat. Whereas keeping sets of servers cool can be a complicated endeavor, the city of Helsinki is putting that excess thermal energy to good use with the creation of what a local power firm has called the ďgreenest data center on the planetď.
Upcycle your Broken Windshield
Created 12/9/2009 8:08:59 AM 
Windshields take a lot of landfill space. And new glass manufacturing contributes to global warming. New glass requires energy and transportation-intensive mining. Manufacturing new glass uses intense heat in an already warming climate. Recycling windshields saves valuable and declining landfill space, releases zero CO2 and cuts the carbon footprint.
Would You Live in a Gas Tank?
Created 10/21/2009 7:55:19 AM 
Gasometers or gasholders--huge storage containers for the gas used in heating and cooking--were built in many cities during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, when gas was a commercial byproduct of coal mining, steelmaking, and other industrial processes. Today, many of the old gasometers have been replaced by pipelines and tank farms, but a few are being adapted to new uses.
Heat Water with your A/C and Save BIG!
Created 9/14/2009 8:31:30 AM 
Heating hot water can be 40% of your energy use. Your A/C unit makes excess heat in the process of cooling your home. Why use energy twice, if you can reuse it? Now there's an environmentally friendly way to generate hot water by capturing the wasted heat from a central air conditioning or refrigeration system.
Clean Energy from City Streets
Created 5/15/2009 7:34:54 AM 
If we take a look at all of the people walking around in the streets of urban centers today, and we think about all of that expended energy, the possibility of harnessing it is exciting. There could be an interface between our feet and the surface weíre stepping on. It could absorb that movement to generate electricity for the overhead lights and to heat up the coffee.
Profit from Recycled Wasted Energy
Created 3/18/2009 9:16:13 AM 
Manufacturing plants, combined heat and power plants, paper mills, oil and gas and other companies commonly have low-grade heat as a by-product. This energy goes to waste or in the worst-case scenario the company pays to cool it. It is estimated that 15 to 20 percent of all the energy used in the USA is lost just to this 'low-grade' waste heat. This presents a great opportunity that is too good to pass up, specially for some brilliant engineering outfits.

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