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What do Insulation and Ferrari Have in Common?

Posted by Ken Forsythe

Sep 10, 2014 11:08:02 AM

It makes sense to “lightweight” automobiles, even though it costs more to use premium materials such as aluminum or magnesium than to use steel. The general rule of thumb in the auto industry is that you save about seven percent fuel economy for every 10 percent vehicle weight that you reduce.

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Time for Some Back to School Energy Efficiency Tips

Posted by RESNET

Sep 10, 2014 9:11:07 AM

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN when kids are heading back to school and all of a sudden the house feels emptier. Now’s your chance to save money by cutting back on energy usage! Here are some tips to help get you started:

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A Dirtier Life Can Be a Green and Healthier Life

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Sep 9, 2014 2:25:24 PM

Can you be too clean to be healthy? Doctors are now saying the answer is yes -- and that some exposure to dirt and pets early in infancy can help prevent allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases.

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Water Conservation by Stormwater Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 8, 2014 3:18:51 PM

We've let our stormwater get away from us. These water conservation practices can help clean it up and encourage it to stick around.

STORMWATER RUNOFF is rain or snowmelt that flows over the land without percolating into the soil. Stormwater occurs naturally, especially during large rain events, but nature’s sponge—the water-absorbing cover of trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging our planet—usually takes care of the rest. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our world into a hard place. Paved sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, concrete curbs, streets, driveways, roofs and building facades—all of these impervious surfaces change the natural movement of water over the landscape, and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff.

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Study: Washing Solar Panels Probably Not Worth the Cost

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 8, 2014 3:21:00 AM

I received a pitch this morning from a company that specializes in washing solar panels. That's a business I didn't know existed, but I'm glad there's a growing number of customers for them. Photos of people scrubbing away at solar installations on green buildings made me wonder. How much does dirt on panels affect solar PV performance?

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