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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 | Author:

In recent exciting energy news, the Department of Energy has just awarded $92 million for groundbreaking energy research projects.  These awards will accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies, increase America’s competitiveness and create new jobs.  The funding will help 43 cutting-edge research projects to improve how the U.S. uses and produces energy.  Learn more about these projects and the money that they have just been awarded.

Saturday, July 17th, 2010 | Author:

As we focus more and more on green energy and renewable energy sources, it’s certainly interesting to read about wave and tidal technology and the energy source they may be able to provide.  Analyses from Frost & Sullivan have found that ocean technology, including wave and tidal technology, are more reliable and predictable than are other types of renewable energies such as wind and solar.

As Technical Insights Research Association Chin Wai Loon explains, “It is projected that commercialization of wave and tidal energy will take place in the next 5-10 years as the technology evolves and production costs decline. Wave and tidal energy are expected to be deployed on a commercial scale due to its large promising resource and high market potential; it is crucial for technology developers to push through into the commercialization phase.”

Friday, July 09th, 2010 | Author:

double glazed windowsPeople love their windows. Windows allow us to be in the privacy of our homes but still feel attached to the world we live in. Light comes into our homes through our windows, as well as the view. But that is not the only thing that comes into our homes through our windows. Windows are one of the poorest insulating materials in our homes, letting in unwanted heat in the summer and undesirable cold in the winter. So what is there to do about it?

Luckily, today there are several things a homeowner can do. IDT Energy suggests a few ways windows can be improved to help you save money.

1.    Windows can be certified by Energy Star. Used with curtains and shade you can save 10% to 15% on your cooling bill in the summer.
2.    Double-pane windows add a lot of insulating power to your windows. Add high performance glass, and you have a great combination. The higher cost of these special windows can be offset when building a home because with these windows installed a smaller heating and cooling system is needed.
3.    Improve performance of windows you already have. If the cost of getting new, specialty windows is too high, try attaching  heavy-duty, clear plastic sheeting on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of the window frames during the winter. Seal tightly for best effect.
4.    In the winter, open curtains during the day to let the warm sun’s rays into the house, and draw them closed at night to help keep the warm air in.
5.    Make sure the south facing windows are clean in the winter, to let in more of the sun’s warming rays.

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