New Venue for Solar Decathlon 2013

Solar Decathlon — a competition for 20 university-led teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are energy efficient, affordable, and attractive — may get an entirely new venue in 2013.  Today Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the DOE is considering offers for a new Solar Decathlon 2013 venue through a “request for capability” open through August 29, 2011.


By |August 2nd, 2011|Events, News|2 Comments

Cree Demos 152 LPW LED Bulb Concept

Today Cree unveiled a concept LED light bulb with seriously impressive numbers.  Third party testing confirmed the delivery of 1,331 lumens at 8.7 watts with a CRI of 91 and a warm color of 2800 K.  With these numbers, the concept light bulb exceeds the 21st Century Lamp requirements in the L Prize competition, according to Cree.


By |August 1st, 2011|Gadgets, News|5 Comments

Philips: “Stock Up Now!” On Edison Bulbs

Watch this video.  It’s a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”).  Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available.


By |July 21st, 2011|Energy Efficiency, News|5 Comments

EPA, DOE Launch “Most Efficient” Program

The EPA and Department of Energy today announced the “Most Efficient” initiative for products recognized as the most energy-efficient in their categories among those that have received the Energy Star label.  The Most Efficient designation will attach to about the top 5% of products in these categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers.


By |July 14th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, News|2 Comments

On the Topic of the Edison Bulb Ban

It’s baffling that the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”) has become such a hot-button topic.  This week, members of the House are expected to debate and perhaps vote on repealing the provision, which is technically a technology-neutral law.  It doesn’t mandate CFLs over incandescent lights, as suggested by some; it merely requires that certain lights be roughly 25% more efficient with about the same brightness and rated life.


By |July 12th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, News|11 Comments

Report: Climate Change Could Affect IAQ

In early June, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a report entitled “Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health” which found that climate change could affect indoor environments as buildings seek to become more energy efficient.  The report was commissioned by the EPA to summarize the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and health.


By |June 22nd, 2011|Energy Efficiency, IAQ, News|1 Comment