TAG: Energy consumption

Keeping your IT costs low

Home IT costs

Everybody appreciates efficient productivity, whether it’s in the workplace, the hobbies you’re building in your garage, or your home computer. And when we can achieve that level of potency while keeping costs and power usage low, everybody wins. Here are a few tips on keeping your home IT costs to a minimum: 1. Raspberry Pi Microcomputer This $35 device is a terrific all-around mini-computer, with an endless range of uses. One of it’s most valuable assets is its low-power consumption. You can turn your Raspberry Pi into a digital network storage device for all your computer files. The best part? It only… read more

How Much Do Your Appliances Cost You?

Energy Star

Many of us don’t realize that the cost of the appliances we buy doesn’t end after purchase. The power consumed by these appliances will be reflected directly on our electricity bills every month. So next time you buy an electrical appliance you need to consider its energy efficiency. Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Department of Energy, helps people around the globe to consider the environment and save money by ensuring they only purchase energy efficient products. According to Energy Star, an average home spends over US$2000 on energy usage per year… read more

Home Heating by a Robot

Warm Up Robot

Heating our homes in winter consumes vast amounts of energy and costs households a great deal. But imagine if there were a robot that could store heat and then moved around the house to warm cold areas? Drum roll please for…..Hagent, the mobile heater robot. This small robot shaped like a black box is amde up of movable wheels, sensors and Phase change materials (PCM). PCM  absorb heat from a hot body and change their phase (from solid to liquid or vice versa) and then release the heat by again changing their phase. Designed by Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendrith… read more

Energy Leaks at Home


It is widely said that the most expensive part of a building construction is its interior design and architecture. But there is one more important thing to check and that is “energy wastage”. In the US, it’s estimated that billions of dollars are wasted each year because of air seal leaks in doors, walls and windows. Nearly 40% of energy spent on cooling or heating a building is wasted because of this invisible problem. Any small improvements in each building can save the total power of the nation. Leaks in buildings are usually detected by a  “blower door test” which… read more

Use Cavity Closers to Fix Heat Loss in Buildings

Insulating with cavity closers

Most of the heat loss from buildings occurs at the windows as the heat passes through the glass. This can be minimized with high performance double or triple glazing. The next problem is that heat loss also occurs around the window. This is where cavity closers come into their own. In cavity walls, the inner and outer leaves of the brickwork have to be closed at the reveal, the recess around window and door frames. But if this is closed with more bricks and mortar, it may create a thermal bridge for heat to escape from the property. Bricks and… read more

How Smart Is Your Home?

Energy efficient home

Renewable energy methods are becoming more accessible for home use. These can be used to power up electrical needs, and although an upfront investment they can allow liberation from high electricity bills and save money over time. There are several smart energy options that can be installed and used alone or in combination with already existing electrical supplies. The summaries below provide a brief overview of how smart energy systems can reduce consumption. Solar power can be an economical and dependable choice. Panels can be added to increase power and placed with virtually no obstructions to surrounding landscapes. Wind power… read more

Animated Guide to US Energy Use

Animated Guide to US Energy Use

How much do you know about the energy system in the U.S. (or any country, for that matter)? How much energy does it take to power an entire country, where does it all come from, and who’s using it all? It’s an incredibly complex system, and teasing out just enough information to be informed, without feeling as if we need to go get a graduate degree in order to understand it, can be tough. But The Atlantic’s series The User’s Guide to Energy goes a long way toward helping us get a grasp on how energy works in America. Here’s… read more

Three Ways To Solve The Energy Crisis

Artist's Rendering

By the year 2050, we’ll have added over 2 billion more humans to the planet’s population. This means more mouths to feed, more bodies to keep warm, and a higher strain on the global energy grid. The time to think of future-proof solutions is now, and researchers think they may have come up with a few. The first involves creating a next-generation nuclear reactor. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what with the recent Japanese Fukishima meltdown a few years ago, and Chernobyl a couple of decades earlier. However, this is a completely different scenario than the ones listed above…. read more

Sports Arena Updated With Sustainable Design

Sports Arena Updated With Sustainable Design

Brazil is the home place of a large scale operation that modernized a sports stadium to meet greener operating standards. It is also the designated spot of the much awaited International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 2014 World Cup. Initially built in1965, the Mineirão Stadium located in Belo Horizonte was in need of many upgrades. Sports stadiums use up enormous amounts of energy and materials in construction. Further, keeping them running can be costly and have a rather large, ongoing footprint. To make this particular structure more environmentally compliant several eco-focused designs were implemented, ending in a million dollar makeover. It… read more

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Historical buildings that need restorations or energy updates have an added concern when trying to adhere to environmental considerations, since conserving the customary aspects of the space is also important. Preserving and operating antique sites can be costly, and renovating them can be even more so. However, as pointed out by South Carolina’s Preservation Society of Charleston, existing historic buildings are generally already green in nature, making them ideal for an efficiency overhaul. When compared to the financing and energy consumption required to replicate a new structure on the same scale, redesigning or performing energy audits to update problem areas… read more