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

7 Tidying Takeaways from Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

At the start of every year, countless people resolve to be more neat and tidy. Unfortunately, this resolution, like going to the gym or eating healthier, is one of the easiest to forget or break. However, this year those that...

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At the start of every year, countless people resolve to be more neat and tidy. Unfortunately, this resolution, like going to the gym or eating healthier, is one of the easiest to forget or break. However, this year those that...

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At the start of every year, countless people resolve to be more neat and tidy. Unfortunately, this resolution, like going to the gym or eating healthier, is one of the easiest to forget or break.

However, this year those that made the pledge for a cleaner new year are finding it a bit easier to follow through thanks to the hit show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, release Jan 1, 2019 on Netflix.

Marie Kondo, a world-famous organizing expert, has managed to inspire millions of people around the world to be more organized. If you want a tidier home, follow these seven key tidying takeaways from the hit Netflix show:

Don’t Feel Bad About Holding Onto Sentimental Items

A lot of organizational experts believe you should toss items that serve no purpose regardless of their sentimental value. However, Marie Kondo does not share this belief. Kondo advises her clients on the show to hold onto their sentimental items in a way that brings them joy. If a sentimental item stirs up negative emotions or painful memories, it’s time to toss it. But otherwise, there’s no shame in holding onto a seemingly worthless item because of the memories attached to it.

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Visibility is Key

Throughout the show, Kondo emphasizes the importance of visibility. You should always strive to organize your belongings in a way that allows you to see each item. For example, store holiday decorations in clear containers so you can see what’s inside without digging through boxes. Place folded t-shirts and sweaters side-by-side in a drawer instead of on top of each other so you can easily see each piece inside. Seeing everything you own will ensure you remain aware of what you have so you don’t purchase more than you need.

Focus On Yourself First

On the first episode of the show, a husband and wife seek out Kondo for help with their cluttered home. Rachel, the wife, innocently asks her husband if he remembers the last time he wore a plaid shirt in the closet. At this point, Kondo jumps in to remind Rachel that the plaid shirt is not in her pile, so she shouldn’t be paying attention to it. The lesson? Focus on organizing your belongings, and allow your roommate or partner to organize theirs on their own. This ensures that each person gets the opportunity to decide which items to keep, which to toss, and how to organize them in their home.

Tidy Up By Category, Not By Room

Many people try to clean by focusing on one room at a time, but this is not the right approach to take, according to Kondo. The organizational expert recommends tidying up by category instead. Kondo advises clients to follow this specific order:

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers/Documents
  4. Miscellaneous Items
  5. Sentimental Items

Following this order can help you stay focused so you don’t feel too overwhelmed or defeated by the idea of organizing your home.

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Purge Papers

Kondo recommends putting every single paper in your home in one pile. Sort through the pile and separate the papers into three categories: pending, important, and miscellaneous. Get rid of papers you no longer need to hold onto, and keep the rest stored in boxes separated by category. If a “pending” paper is no longer needed in the future, make sure it is removed from the box and thrown away so it doesn’t clutter your home.

Storing is Not Tidying

Don’t get in the habit of thinking that putting items in storage is the same as organizing. Kondo believes that storing items creates the illusion that your home is organized, when that’s not necessarily true. If you no longer need or want an item in your home, get rid of it instead of putting it into storage. There’s only so much storage space inside your home, and it should be filled with items that bring you joy or serve some purpose.

Messiness Comes Before Tidiness

It’s important to remember that you will need to make a mess in order to tidy up, so don’t let the temporary state of messiness overwhelm or upset you. For example, you must pull every single item of clothing out from your closet in order to tidy up. This creates a mess since all of your clothes will be piled up on your floor, but it will eventually lead to a tidier home, so be patient.

Spend an afternoon implementing these strategies around your home so you can finally live in the organized oasis of your dreams!

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