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    Green Buildings are Hazardous to Your Health, Says Fox News

    The buildings commonly referred to as “green” could actually be hazardous to your health, according to a new report.

    That’s one of many warnings out of a new report from the Institute of Medicine, which tracked the potential impact of climate change on indoor environments.

    The report cautions that climate change can negatively and directly affect indoor air quality in several ways. But the scientists behind the study warn that homeowners and businesses could also be making the problem worse by pursuing untested or risky

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    Best Energy Efficient Dishwashers 2011

    Looking at reviews to find the best, energy efficient dishwasher for your home? Good idea! Your home appliances can really add to your energy bills; and your carbon footprint. If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, look for a model that’s Energy Star certified .

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    A Passive House Rises In California – EarthTechling

    Forget Energy Star or even LEED — if you really want to slash your carbon footprint, living in a passive house is the way to go. Recently, Menlo Park, California, gained its first such home: Menlo Passive House, which was built by Clarum Homes.

    According to The Almanac Online, insulation, airtight window frames, solar power, and a heat-recovery ventilation system all converge here in helping the home cut its energy costs by 90 percent. While Clarum has built passive-inspired homes with various sustainable systems in the past, this is the company’s first project built to meet all the standards required for certification from Passive House Instistute U.S.

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    Gemasolar Plant in Spain is the World’s First 24/7 Solar Plant

    In the future solar power plants will be as plentiful as personal computers or cell phones are today and they will generate energy on demand. Today I have witnessed the future of energy: a solar power plant capable of generating solar electricity around the clock.

    Located in the Spanish province of Andalucia, Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar is the world’s first utility-scale commercial baseload solar power plant.

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    New UFO Power Center Zaps Vampire Appliances for Big Energy Savings

    Visible Energy just officially launched the UFO Power Center, a space-age power strip that can help households save on electric bills by managing the energy needs of up to four appliances. The pod-shaped product automates and records the activity of appliances when they are not being used, cutting down on vampire power drain and improving the energy-efficiency of your home

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    Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives, 2005–2011: How Have They Performed?

    White Paper Rachel Gold and Steven Nadel This report builds on and updates the information about the status of energy efficiency tax incentives in Assessing the Harvest: Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Gold and Nadel 2011). In assessing the efficacy of energy efficiency tax incentives, we tease out lessons learned and create a series of recommendations for those crafting energy efficiency tax incentives in 2011 and beyond.

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