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.

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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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7 New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 (Covid-Safe)

It’s the time to begin making changes to start off 2021 fresh. Every New Year brings forth new beginnings, and, perhaps, this is why so many make resolutions in celebration. When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, another new...

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It’s the time to begin making changes to start off 2021 fresh. Every New Year brings forth new beginnings, and, perhaps, this is why so many make resolutions in celebration. When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, another new...

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It’s the time to begin making changes to start off 2021 fresh. Every New Year brings forth new beginnings, and, perhaps, this is why so many make resolutions in celebration. When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, another new chapter begins.

No one could have predicted the pandemonium of 2020; the pandemic changed daily habits, but it also left some Americans financially destitute and mourning loved ones who succumbed to the coronavirus. 

Celebrate the end of a year of strife with a New Year’s resolution that welcomes 2021…and the hope the new year brings. These New Year’s resolutions 2021 can help embrace a new chapter in life.

New Year’s Resolutions

1.   Adopt Healthy Habits

Healthier doesn’t necessarily mean thinner. Many Americans make resolutions that focus on eating better or exercising more.

The resolution could be focused on eating more fruits and vegetables, opting for leaner cuts of meat or maybe omitting soda and caffeinated beverages. Want to cut out sugar? Resolve to do it this year.

Some resolve to begin a new exercise regimen, others want to tone up. Maybe the resolution is focused on walking a certain number of steps each day. For individuals with certain medical conditions or other health concerns, talk to a doctor before embarking on a fitness or exercise program.

What conditions are on the ‘ask the doctor’ list? The Mayo Clinic lists diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), kidney disease, high blood pressure, those undergoing cancer treatment and individuals who recently completed treatment for cancer, arthritis, and heart disease.

Always make sure the exercises or choices in your resolution are safe. If you are unsure…ask…even if you’re healthy!

New Year’s Resolutions

2.   Embrace Mindfulness  

Mindfulness is being present in the here and now. Some use meditation to become mindful. Others simply breathe deeply and think about the little things that they appreciate.

With all the uncertainty in 2020, it might be hard to sit, relax and live in the present moment. Worries creep in. For families who are suffering financially, it may be really difficult to stop thinking about tomorrow or next week.

For 2021, though, a resolution to appreciate the moment might help keep the present in perspective.

New Year’s Resolutions

3.   Take Care of Mental Health

Health includes our physical and mental health. Both are important. Resolve to take care of mental health now and in 2021. There are so many resources available to those struggling with depression, anxiety or stress. Reach out to a doctor or call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-HELP to find resources. While the helpline doesn’t offer counseling, it can direct those in need of assistance to those who can help. However, the Crisis Text Line can offer free counseling to those in crisis. Text CONNECT to 741741.

Make your mental health a priority now and in the future.  Never delay asking for help or reaching out. There is always someone who can and will listen.

New Year’s Resolutions

4.   Get Financially Savvy…and Start a Budget

Are finances in disarray? Maybe a job loss has meant less income. Or maybe working from home and health mandates means that expenses have been reduced. Financial situations can vary, but a budget helps keep everything in order.

Get financially organized in 2021 by reviewing your expenses and income. Analyze where all the money is going and make changes to improve your financial picture. This may mean cutting frivolous expenses or perhaps starting a savings account to prepare for emergency expenses.

New Year’s Resolutions

5.   Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

Make changes to lower your carbon footprint this year. Conducting a home energy audit can help find energy drains in your home that could be bumping up those utility bills. Go through each room in the home and inspect outlets for unused gadgets/appliances, check under sinks for any leaks or drips, and adjust the thermostat on the HVAC to an energy-saving temperature (68 degrees in winter, 78 in summer). You also should check the hot water heater; that temperature should be set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to maximize energy savings.

Want to simplify the audit? Download HomeSelfe, snap photos of all your rooms and the app will show all the ways to save.

6.   Be Kind

No one can really be kind 24/7. We all have moments of stress, frustration, anger or sadness. However, we can resolve to try to make an effort to be more kind. This isn’t hard. Pay a stranger a compliment. Tell the checker at the grocery store to have a nice day. Donate to charity. Buy food to donate to local food banks. Do something kind—no matter how small—each day.

7.   Get More Zzzzs

Make 2021 the year of the bedtime, especially if you’re not clocking the recommended seven to nine hours each night. A good night’s sleep can make us feel energized and ready to start the day. Create a bedtime routine to prep the body for sleep, and try to avoid staring at the screen before bed. The blue light from screens can interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm.

A New Year means new beginnings. Take the time this year to think ahead and set goals for the future. No matter what you resolve this year, understand that 2021 is a new chapter for change and positivity.

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