Magnetic Refrigerators
Magnetic Refrigerators
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold, also known as the magnetocaloric effect (lowering or raising the temperature of the material by changing the magnetic field).
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Office is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30 percent.
Clothes Dryers
Clothes Dryers
The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying.
Smarter, More Connected Homes
Smarter, More Connected Homes
We live in an increasingly connected world -- the same is true for our homes. New electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower energy use.
Next-Gen Insulation
Next-Gen Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Advanced Window Controls
Advanced Window Controls
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Reflective Roofing Materials
Reflective Roofing Materials
Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and PPG Industries that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.

Energy-Saving Solutions

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency -- through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards -- this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

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21 March 2019

5-Minute Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Home Feel Brand New

Cleaning is the most tedious chore in our homes. It is almost like a full time job and a full body workout wrapped up into one never-ending task. Dust and dirt collect, laundry and dishes pile up, and none of...

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Cleaning is the most tedious chore in our homes. It is almost like a full time job and a full body workout wrapped up into one never-ending task. Dust and dirt collect, laundry and dishes pile up, and none of...

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Cleaning is the most tedious chore in our homes. It is almost like a full time job and a full body workout wrapped up into one never-ending task. Dust and dirt collect, laundry and dishes pile up, and none of them stop, making them repetitive, time consuming chores. Coupled with the fact that most of us work and don’t want to come home and clean on top of it, cleaning is a task dreaded by many. If only there were faster, easier ways to clean…

There is! The following tips and tricks can turn your cleaning chores into quick and easy tasks that won’t take up all your time and energy. Read on for some of the best hacks to clean your home!

Lemon is Lovely

Ever notice that the smell of citrus gives the feeling of cleanliness and freshness? That is because citrus fruits have acids in them that break down dirt and even soap scum. Lemons are the most commonly used and there are many things you can do with them. Clean counters and furniture with homemade mixtures using lemon juice, or use cut pieces with some baking soda to freshen up foul odors. You can even use them in the bathroom to make your faucets shiny!

Lemon is Lovely

New Uses for Old Clothing

A frequent recommendation is to use pillowcases to clean the blades of a ceiling fan, trapping the dust in the pillowcase rather than spreading it all over the room. Old clothing can be handy for all sorts of cleaning chores. Your mom may have used outgrown shirts or undergarments to polish the furniture, and there are many more cleaning tasks that can put your worn out clothing to good use. Fluffy socks can become mop heads for your jet mop, or can clean your blinds and polish your silver.

Dryer Sheet Dusting

Dryer sheets, both new and used, can help you accomplish a variety of tasks around the house, and even outside. Dusting is a cinch with them, especially walls and baseboards. They are also good for metal surfaces, such as faucets, sinks, and fixtures. They are great for the bathroom, because they can be used on the toilet (inside and out!) and the bathtub or shower. One of the best-kept secrets about dryer sheets is if you carry one in your pocket when you go outside at night, the scent keeps mosquitoes away.

Dryer Sheet Dusting

Check Your Pantry

There are numerous cleaning agents in your cooking supplies. Baking soda and vinegar can both be found in a lot of do it yourself cleaning fluids, sometimes together. These can be used to clean countertops and bathrooms. Olive oil can be used to polish furniture and leave it shiny for months. Some products can be put to many uses, such as borax, which can be used for cleaning clothing or scrubbing mildew, among other things.

Putting It All Together

How does any of this save the time and tedium of cleaning, though? All of these tricks clean more efficiently, taking out a lot of the scrubbing and hard work. Since they break up grease and mold quickly or attract dust and debris almost magnetically, they are like shortcuts to complete the cleaning chores faster. They also provide natural protections against the things that make a home dirty, so minimal maintenance will keep your home sparkling and smelling great. Often you can do the smaller things in a few minutes – the kitchen tasks while waiting for food or coffee to be heated, or the bathroom chores after washing hands. Smaller efforts like these add up to a clean home all the time without tiring you out or taking up all your time!

Using the right cleaning agents and doing the smaller chores often are the two best hacks to save time and energy cleaning your home. The whole house will look clean and smell fresh, a feeling that will echo in your mood. Try these tricks today, and make cleaning a chore you actually look forward to!

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