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

How to Make Your Windows Energy Efficient

How much of your money literally flies out the window? We don’t really think about how our windows affect our home. We open and close them, allow sunlight in and air out. Since most windows don’t require electricity, we don’t...

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How much of your money literally flies out the window? We don’t really think about how our windows affect our home. We open and close them, allow sunlight in and air out. Since most windows don’t require electricity, we don’t...

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How much of your money literally flies out the window?

We don’t really think about how our windows affect our home. We open and close them, allow sunlight in and air out. Since most windows don’t require electricity, we don’t really think about how they interact with our utilities to create our home’s environment. Or, we might think of the basics, but don’t really understand the impact they have.

For example, many of us are aware of how the placement of windows affects the room they are in – northern and southern exposures bring seasonal light and warmth into a room, windows facing east will certainly wake bedrooms up at dawn, and western windows will keep a room lit and warm all day. However, we often don’t consider how much electricity that western exposure is saving by providing all that light in the room, or how much warmer a room with northern exposure will be in the winter (reducing the amount of heat required to make it comfortable).

The sun shining in windows can affect the inside, too. Sun fading can happen to your furniture and even your clothing if windows are not properly covered. The sun’s heat can increase the amount of air conditioning you need to make the house cool. Opening and shutting windows can let in undesirable temperatures, allergens, and insects.

All of these things contribute to your energy costs, and many homes are not fitted with energy efficient windows. However, that doesn’t have to stop you from having an energy efficient home! The following video is full of do-it-yourself tips for making any window energy efficient in ways that won’t break your budget. Homeselfe can also help you find the places in your home that your energy sneaks out from, whether it’s your windows or some other way. So check out the video and take the first step toward reducing your utility bills by making your home energy efficient!

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