October 27, 2008 - It’s been over three years since the European Parliament issued its Directive 2005/32/EC, establishing a framework for the setting of “Ecodesign” requirements for Energy-using Products (EuPs). This program investigates the environmental impact of all stages of an EuP’s life cycle (from design to destruction) as well as the energy consumed in actual use.
Mr. Green's Blog
October 16, 2008 - Here is an interesting article on electronic product efficiency in the San Jose Mercury News.
- Mr. Green
October 14, 2008 - What if you could log on to a system and see how your energy consumption is going for the month? Better yet, what if you could program your household appliances, your heating system, even your electric window shades (if you have them) to automatically optimize themselves 24-7 to ensure that you're doing everything possible to save every watt you can?
September 30, 2008 - The phrase "green economy" gets used a lot in the press these days and it looks like more people are getting their minds (and pocket books) oriented towards energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint.
September 17, 2008 - September is here and fall is once again upon us. Ah, the leaves changing color, frost on the lawn, and most important to me… American football and energy efficiency.
You may be wondering, what do these two have in common? Well, many big football stadiums around the US are getting dressed up with new high-definition LED "video boards." (They're not just scoreboards anymore because they do a lot more than just display the score.)
September 10, 2008 - Sometimes, good intentions aren’t enough to transform a market from an old inefficient technology to a newer more efficient one in a reasonable amount of time.
The US DoE’s ENERGY STAR team learned that the hard way over the last decade or so with a less than enthusiastic market acceptance of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). Introduced back in the 1970’s, CFLs had just 2% market share in 2006, due primarily to poor color, early burn-out, low light and size problems.
September 4, 2008 - It seems that whenever I turn on my TV, I'm being warned about the impending switchover to digital TV that’s coming next February. It's starting to feel like a doomsday prophecy -- strangely reminiscent of the old Y2K scare. But then I see the little light on my set-top box and take comfort that I'm connected through cable and therefore immune to the coming change.
August 25, 2008 - Question: what group is the largest energy consumer in the United States?
While those of you with teenagers, video game consoles, and multiple large flat panel TVs in your homes probably answered with your family name, the answer is actually the United States federal government. With that distinction, this could be an excellent opportunity for our federal government agencies to lead by example and purchase only energy efficient products, right?
August 19, 2008 - Surfing the web the other night, I felt as though I was bombarded with the usual back-to-school ads on every page. One unique ad, however, caught my eye. It was a company advertising "green appliances for your dorm."
It made me wonder whether college kids really cared that much about saving energy, so I did a search on "dorm energy use." I was amazed with the results. It seems that lately a number of campus energy awareness programs have sprung up, many taking the form of competitions.