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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22 May 2019

3 Ways Children Can Influence Energy-Saving Home Design

The energy wasted by 75,000 homes in a single year equates to that contained in the biggest oil spill in the history of the USA. Fortunately, thanks to an increase in the prevalence of energy efficient home designs, it is...

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The energy wasted by 75,000 homes in a single year equates to that contained in the biggest oil spill in the history of the USA. Fortunately, thanks to an increase in the prevalence of energy efficient home designs, it is...

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The energy wasted by 75,000 homes in a single year equates to that contained in the biggest oil spill in the history of the USA. Fortunately, thanks to an increase in the prevalence of energy efficient home designs, it is becoming easier than ever before to clamp down on excessive energy consumption. A home’s energy consumption can be reduced even more by getting the entire family, especially the children, involved in the household’s energy-saving efforts.

By making the necessary energy-saving changes to your house’s design while instilling a basic understanding of energy efficiency in your children you will not only protect the environment but save money which can then be utilized towards other things such as holidays, college tuition, and new gifts and gadgets for the home. There are a number of ways, such as the following, in which children can have an influence on an energy-saving home design.

By saving water, you save electricity

Energy Saving Home Design

You can save a significant amount of energy by including solar panels for water-heating purposes as well as water saving faucets in your home design. WaterSense® faucets can, for example, save the average household as much as 700 gallons of water a year per faucet which will reduce energy consumption significantly. The entire household can contribute further towards saving energy by making sure all faucets are closed completely when not in use. By reminding your children how important it is to turn off the water while brushing teeth and to take shorter showers, you will end up seeing a significant difference on your energy bill. You can save as much as $100 a year (depending on where you live and how big your family is) by cutting shower times in half.

Install energy-saving appliances

How often do your children open and close the refrigerator door in a single day? Chances are good that you have lost count by lunchtime. Excessive opening of the refrigerator door can waste anywhere from 50 to 120 kWh of energy in a year. It is important for your children to understand the importance of only opening the fridge when it is absolutely necessary, but that is easier said than done. By designing your kitchen around energy-saving appliances including fridges, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, and microwaves you will be able to reduce your energy consumption while exploring different strategies to teach energy efficiency to your children.

Turn the lights off

One of the worst energy-wasting habits children (and many adults) have is to switch, and leave, lights on when it is not necessary to do so. Not only does this waste energy but it also makes a room warmer which can result in a further waste of energy if your cooling system has to be turned on. By replacing your incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving halogen incandescent bulbs or LEDs that use up to 80% less energy, as well as teaching your children how to use lights responsibly you can reduce your household’s energy consumption substantially.

Regardless of how young they are, children are more than capable of contributing towards energy-saving efforts within the home. By making the task at hand interesting for them and giving credit where it is due, you may be surprised at just how eager they are to get involved in eco-friendly living.

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