EERE Network News
June 08, 2005
News and Events
A new free DOE guide could save 30 percent on space conditioning and water heating for people constructing new homes in western Texas, the Oklahoma panhandle, southern New Mexico, southern Arizona, the non-coastal areas of California, and parts of Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.
Candles and kerosene lamps may seem like cheap light sources, but in fact their constant fuel expense and weak light make them quite expensive for the amount of illumination they deliver. A new study suggests that battery-powered white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) would be cheaper.
Under a new decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California, Connecticut, and New York will be forced to continue using ethanol as a gasoline additive. The three states had petitioned the EPA to waive its oxygenate requirement after they banned the use of MTBE.
While today's ethanol plants ferment corn-derived sugars into alcohol, which is purified through distillation, a new process reacts biomass-derived sugars with hydrogen to convert them directly into a diesel-like fuel. The new biofuel consists entirely of long carbon-chain molecules called alkanes.
A number of food processing plants in California and Massachusetts are turning to combined heat and power systems for their energy supply, while Ocean Spray is preparing to use landfill gas at its Wisconsin Rapids plant. But for paper mills, avoiding waste is a good way to save energy.
South Korea is planning to build the world's largest tidal energy plant, a 260-megawatt facility that will use hydropower turbines to capture the energy of high tide as the ocean flows into Sihwa Lake. Meanwhile, a propeller-based tidal energy device has won funding from the United Kingdom.
The World Green Building Council serves the real estate and development industry to help transform it into a sector in which sustainability is a core value.
Looking for ways to save money this summer? Some easy energy-saving tips from DOE could help you cut your cooling bills by as much as 50 percent. Along with a simple list of tips to help keep you cool, DOE also offers a variety of booklets, CDs, and Web sites to help you save energy at home.