The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban: 3 Alternative Light Bulbs To Choose + Light Bulb Myths You Should Know About

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The incandescent light bulb ban that affected Americans in 2012 (when the 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out) and 2013 (when 75-watt incandescent bulbs went dark) is now about to take effect on the biggest part of the lighting market: 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.As of January 1, 2014, it's illegal to manufacture or import traditional 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs.This law effectively turns out the lights on the most popular light bulbs in the United … [Read more...]

Solar in UK Schools

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This is a really fun new development in the UK. Climate activist group 10:10 is behind it, but really, it’s all about local communities.The short story: 10:10 has created a website, Solar Schools, where people can easily donate as little as £5 to put solar panels on a local school’s roof.The organization creates a webpage for each school involved that shows who has donated (unless you want to remain anonymous) and how much, by replacing some of the solar cells with donor photos, names, … [Read more...]

Facebook’s Social Energy Efficiency App

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Energy efficiency holds huge potential when it comes to being better stewards of the environment and stopping climate change (well, human-caused, extremely rapid and destructive climate change, that is).It could also help us save money. Reportedly, the U.S. could save $700 billions dollars with some energy efficiency improvements.How much time do we spend thinking about energy and these potential savings, though? The average American spends about 6 minutes per year doing so, according to … [Read more...]

World Solar Challenge

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There are a ton of cool solar technologies out there or in development these days -- solar bikinis, solar-powered 3D printers and cutters, peel & stick solar panels, solar paint, and solar shingles, for example.But, while cool solar technologies are fun, it’s hard to beat a solar vehicle race!The World Solar Challenge is just that.  … [Read more...]

How to “Use the Force” to Lower Gas Prices

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If you are not one of the 42 million or so people who have watched the Darth Vader kid & Volkswagen commercial (“The Force”) on YouTube or who saw it during the Super Bowl, you should go check it out now (and then come back to this post).One of the best Congressmen out there today, in my humble opinion -- Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) -- and the Natural Resources Committee (Democrats) recently made a great spoof of this video, or sequel you might say.But, beyond just spoofing or making … [Read more...]

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip (Award-Winning New Film)

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YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. Put this on your must-see list.This is an excellent-looking film I heard about a few months ago and would love to see.Apparently it’s as good as the trailers make it look.YERT, I think, is exactly what this site is about – fun ways to help the environment and fun storytelling to give props to such innovative, green projects and efforts.  At its world premiere at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EEFY) a couple weeks … [Read more...]

Making Solar Power a Community Thing

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Americans love solar power, really.Nearly every poll concerning the matter shows tremendous support for solar power across the United States, across political preferences, and so on. No, unfortunately, that hasn’t translated into a lot of solar power use yet. (But we’re getting there -- solar power growth has been tremendous in the last decade or so.)Now, when you think of going solar, you think of doing so on your own, right? But that one person at a time thing is sort of slow, and … [Read more...]

Can You Install Solar Panels for Free with Government Rebates?

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Solar power refers to the production of electricity by utilizing sunlight.Solar power has 2 main advantages:It produces electricity in a renewable way that doesn’t damage the earth; And once the installation has been completed, power is generated free of charge.Its main disadvantage is that the initial installation can be very costly. … [Read more...]

103-Year-Old Cyclist May Be World’s Oldest

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We support cycling a lot around here, since it’s both one of the greenest things you can do (in place of driving) and it’s a lot of fun.But while we’ve written posts on 5 reasons to bike commute, 5 hidden benefits of bike commuting, various bike events, and some super cool bikes, sometimes we skim over that fun part.I guess it’s sort of implied. But the story I’m about to tell you a little about brought that key benefit to the forefront of my mind recently. … [Read more...]