Mr. Green's Blog

European Commission Close to Delivering Energy Efficiency Standards

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 09:24 -- MrGreen

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.

Power (Control) to the People

Tue, 10/14/2008 - 10:40 -- MrGreen

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?

Save Some Green by Going Green

Tue, 09/30/2008 - 10:40 -- MrGreen

money imageSeptember 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.

Are You Ready for Some Football???

Wed, 09/17/2008 - 10:01 -- MrGreen

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.)

Getting it Right ... the Second Time

Wed, 09/10/2008 - 13:53 -- MrGreen

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.

To Use Your Old Box, Get a New Box

Thu, 09/04/2008 - 15:04 -- MrGreen

old tv setSeptember 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.

Walking the Talk?

Mon, 08/25/2008 - 10:56 -- MrGreen

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?

College Students Green Up Their Campuses

Tue, 08/19/2008 - 14:03 -- MrGreen

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.