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    XL Hybrids Can Convert Your Gas-Guzzler Into a Hybrid Car

    A plug-and-play hybrid conversion for the Lincoln Town Car is helping the ubiquitous “black car” turn green.

    XL Hybrids, a startup in Somerville, Massachusetts, has created a low-cost battery-powered electric motor that installs

    on a Lincoln Town Car in under six hours, boosting power by 20 horsepower and reducing fuel consumption 15 to 30 percent.

    Given that real-world fuel economy in a Town Car seeing hardcore urban duty is 13 or 14 mpg, the hybrid conversion can pay for itself in fuel savings within 24 months, says co-founder Justin Ashton. No word yet on the per-unit cost, but expect payback time to shorten as fuel prices rise.

    Ford sold over 10,000 Town Cars last year, with many of them going to livery operators who are not only struggling with fuel costs, but mandates from customers and city governments to go green.

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    5 Quick Tips for Spring Lawn Care

    Even if the weather in your area is still a bit chilly, it’s time to start thinking about giving your lawn a little TLC. “ Spring lawns require extra care following chilly winter temperatures and dormant growth,” said John Buechner, Lawn Doctors Horticulture expert. “It’s also a critical time to take steps to insure a beautiful summer lawn

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    The Global Warming Potential of Insulation Materials – New Calculator

    With this new tool you can see just how significant embodied energy and blowing agents are in determining the role of insulation materials in addressing climate change.

    In the June issue of Environmental Building Newslast year, we published one of those slap-in-the-face, wake-up-call articles that forces people to rethink conventional wisdom. Most of us had long thought that more insulation was almost always better in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. After all, the more insulation we install, the less energy gets used in the building and the less carbon dioxide is emitted.

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    NAHB, CPSC Issue Guidelines on Chinese Drywall Abatement

    Two days after the release of NAHB guidelines outlining the testing and remediation of contaminated Chinese drywall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued its own report, one that differs from the NAHB document regarding electrical wiring

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    e-Book Panel & Webinar: People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings

    Presentation John A. “Skip” Laitner, ACEEE & Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Insights from the social sciences are showing that a variety of social influences drive new innovations and behaviors that, in turn, can significantly change the patterns of technology adoption and energy consumption. However, there remains a large gap in the available information that might help policymakers and program managers more effectively integrate “people-centered insights and initiatives” into current efforts to accelerate cost-effective energy savings.

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    The South’s 1st Passive House, Corey Saft to Speak in Atlanta, April 28th

    Corey Saft, the Architecture Professor from Lafayette, LA., who recently completed the first Passive House in the South, is speaking on April 28th in Atlanta. Over the past year or so, I have been including a great deal about Passive House. Last year we did take courses and recently have become the first Certified Passive House Consultant in the SE.

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