Mr. Green's Blog

The Charge and the Light Brigade*

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 16:49 -- MrGreen

California Energy CommissionJanuary 22, 2008 – Ah, California, the birthplace of new ideas and trends that later spread across the rest of the country. And when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of consumer products, the California Energy Commission (CEC) lives up to expectations.

Online Tool Computes Energy Savings

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 16:45 -- MrGreen

January 21, 2008 – Have you ever wanted to get a sense of how much energy you could save by changing that old CRT out for an LCD monitor, or a what a dual-core CPU might do to your electric bill? Do you sometimes wonder about the amount of energy you’re using while surfing the web vs., say, trying to find the next prime number? If you do, then I’ve found just the tool for you.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve LED Ball

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 16:42 -- MrGreen

December 26, 2007 – Not a dance but the shiny lighted thing they drop to signify the arrival of the new year. It’s now made up entirely of LED lights– 9,576 of them.

Other factoids about the ball include:

Staying Current with LED Lighting

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 16:38 -- MrGreen

December 17, 2007 – At the junction of energy efficiency and power supply design, LED lighting is one of the hottest topics designers need to be aware of. To help you do so, here is a list of upcoming conferences exploring LED lighting in many forms.

Strategies in Light 2008

ENERGY STAR EPS Spec: the Next Generation

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 16:28 -- MrGreen

November 27, 2007 – As an active follower of ENERGY STAR programs intended to reduce energy waste in our electronic products, I’ve become an admirer of a specific part of their strategy to gain initial industry stakeholder buy-in. While initial specs may seem loose—since the database of tested units contains some pretty bad energy waste offenders—ENERGY STAR specs do deliver results, improving product efficiency and transforming markets.

Conserving Energy? No, Being More Efficient …

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:58 -- MrGreen

cfbsandincand.jpgNovember 9, 2007 – Green is the new black, as they might say in the fashion trade. But just what is “Green”? Is it energy efficiency, or conservation? Conservation used to be the mantra of advocates for green policies, but it didn’t play well.

Mexico Joins the Standby Power Reduction Club

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:43 -- MrGreen

mrgreeninmexico.jpgNovember 2, 2007 – The air was thin, the stairs were steep, and my heart felt one beat away from exploding. I was trying to catch my breath while beginning the final section of the 246 foot high climb to the top of Pyramid of the Sun at Mexico’s Teotihuacán archeological site. As I panted, I recalled reading that in 500 AD, Teotihuacán had a population larger than Rome and was believed to be a place of great energy.

Ann Arbor, Michigan Goes LED Green

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:32 -- MrGreen

Green LEDOctober 18, 2007 – The New York Times gives kudos to Ann Arbor, Michigan replacing roughly 1,400 street lights with light-emitting diodes(LEDs). “The eco-friendly city about 30 miles west of Detroit says it will be the nation’s first to convert all downtown street lights to LED technology, which uses less than half the energy of traditional bulbs and could save the community $100,000 a year.”