Lack Of Knowledge Is Still A Stumbling Block For Energy Conservation

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Even though we’re buying more efficient light bulbs these days, a new poll shows Americans are still in the dark when it comes to saving energy.

Here’s a few highlights from the research, funded by a grant to the AP-NORC Center from the Joyce Foundation.

“Only 1 in 3 reports knowing a lot or a great deal about the government’s Energy Star product labels, which are meant to help consumers choose energy-efficient appliances and other products. Even fewer, 25 percent, report detailed knowledge about fuel- efficiency standards for cars. Not even 20 percent know a lot or a great deal about rebates for energy-saving products, home renovation tax credits or home energy audits.”

And what about this one.

“About 6 in 10 people cite lack of knowledge about energy-saving products as a major reason they don’t do more to conserve.”

But it won’t be solely in the hands of individuals, states are taking their own actions by setting energy efficiency standards for all sorts of devices.

via Daily Planning News.

Pike Research Shows The Relationship Between “Tech Geeks” & “Cleantech Nerds”

Pike Research surfaced some interesting data after compiling information from some its surveys. The aggregate showed there’s a strong connection between tech early adopters and cleantech users, which isn’t too surprising as even cleantech is starting to see shades of ‘consumerized IT’. I’d guess that’s why the smart grid and smart meter percentages are fairly close.


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This Doesn’t Sound Like Greenwashing – Philips’ Econova TV Uses Less Energy

"Philips’ 42" Econova television consumes just 40W in its ‘eco’ mode and includes a solar-powered remote control"

iPhone Wind Energy App Amplifies How Data-Driven Models Win

Vestas wind turbine, Dithmarschen.

Wind turbine manufacturers have data. Lots of data. So what do you do with all that data? Serve your customers of course.
Vestas, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, is doing just that.

The company has just released an iPhone app that helps its customers receive tailored weather reports and wind generation forecasts.

“The Vestas Weather app knows where your iPhone is, of course, and based on that info it calculates how much energy one of its V112 3MW turbines (yes, one of its newest products) would generate, as well as the amount of carbon dioxide it would keep out of the atmosphere."


Moves like this really underscore the importance of data to businesses. Data-driven journalism, data-driven government, the list goes on. Organizations are finally waking up and realizing the goldmine of information that exists right in their own backyards. It’s the ones that can develop a keen sense of how to put it to use for customers that are breaking away from  the pack.

The next step for Vestas’ approach could be to mashup its data with other turbine manufacturers like Siemens. With information like that in hand, a customer community could easily spring to life.



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Mosquito Blocker That’s Solar-Powered

Just in time for the Texas summer and the arrival of the dreaded mosquito. I’m not sure about the chemical Linalool, but it’s been approved by the USDA and rumored to be more effective than Deet and Citronella. At just over $10 in the states, I can this moving off the shelves.

"This Mosquito Blocker using a solar panel built into the top of its design to charge the rechargeable batteries allowing them to power the device after dusk. The Blacker uses a chemical called Linalool that was developed in cooperation with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). This chemical has been shown to be twice as effective as DEET and even more significantly better than Citronella oil which both work to deter mosquitoes by stopping them from being able to track human scent. "




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