Energy-Saving

Apple wants you to hug the earth by sending more iMessages

Apple wants you to hug the earth by sending more iMessages

It's Earth Day again, so naturally, companies are going out of their way to show how they care for the environment. As tech companies are also traditionally seen as the worst offenders, they also make the biggest noise come Earth Day. Apple, who has long been waging war on that image, has come up with a rather entertaining video add for this green day. Not only does it not so subtly promote its own efforts to be a green company, it is also subtly advertising iMessage to do so.

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Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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Samsung denies claim its TVs cheat energy efficiency tests

Samsung denies claim its TVs cheat energy efficiency tests

In response the recent report from the UK newspaper The Guardian, Samsung has issued saying it firmly rejects the claim that their TVs use a power-saving mode to cheat energy consumption tests in the lab. As The Guardian reported, EU-funded research group ComplianTV had written an "unpublished" study that found Samsung TVs used a "motion lighting" feature to lower the brightness during lab tests, resulting in lower energy usage levels than what would be found in real-world situations.

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Xbox One highlights energy-saving mode for lower electric bills

Xbox One highlights energy-saving mode for lower electric bills

A few weeks ago, the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council was critical of Microsoft and their Xbox One console in how its "Instant On" mode was wasting energy and increasing electric bills of gamers around the world by a collective $250 million. Now, Microsoft is making more of an effort to put the Xbox One's energy-saving option front and center during set-up, allowing users to make a clear choice about using less electricity, and save an average of $6-$15 per year, according to the company.

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Google campus will soon be powered by wind

Google campus will soon be powered by wind

Anyone who’s taken a ride through California’s Altamost Pass knows it’s gusty up there. To take advantage, wind turbines don’t dot the landscape — they dominate it. In a new project that will replace about 770 turbines with 48 new machines (that produce twice the energy as the dated turbines), Google has announced they will purchase about half the energy from the new machines. That power grab (literally) will provide Google with enough renewable energy to power their entire corporate campus in Mountain View.

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Nest says annual savings pay for hardware in two years

Nest says annual savings pay for hardware in two years

The Nest thermostat is a hefty spend. At $250, it’s not something you’d purchase without much though, like you probably did with the Chromecast. Nest claims to save you money, but varying reports go into how much it actually ends up saving you. Today, Nest is averaging the weight of three separately funded reports, and saying the average household will save about $138 per year they have a Nest. In two years’ time, your Nest will have paid for itself, if these reports are indicative of your use and savings.

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Heat your house for free by storing this cloud company’s servers

Heat your house for free by storing this cloud company’s servers

Winter is rapidly approaching, and with it the bills for heating your home will be quickly rising as well. If only there were some way to store some kind of object that puts out a lot of heat, and yet belongs to someone else… Well, if you have room for a cabinet of cloud servers in your house, Germany's Cloud&Heat can help you do just that!

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Connected devices responsible for billions in wasted energy

Connected devices responsible for billions in wasted energy

Connected devices come in many flavors, some from big-name companies, others from lesser known entities looking to nab their piece of the industry pie. Regardless, the market is filled with energy-inefficient products, and they are having an unfortunate effect: billions of dollars in wasted electricity every year.

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Cree brings energy-saving LED lights to broader market

Cree brings energy-saving LED lights to broader market

This week the folks at Cree have begun pushing their newest set of LED lightbulbs. These bulbs may look like a standard lighting fixture, but they’re working with unprecedented bits and pieces - like a Color Rendering Index number of 93. This company is not only making way for a new era of color-correctness, they’re aiming to bring the industry to a 100-percent LED awareness level as well.

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Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Devices that need charged on a regular basis, such as smartphones and tablets, are apt to be left plugged in for long periods of time, even if the battery itself has reached it full charge. Though charged, there is still an energy draw that is taking place, which results in wasted power, and, though not much on an individual scale, it adds up when multipled by millions of gadgets. That is where the Powerslayer comes in.

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Facebook’s Altoona, Iowa data center to be completely wind-powered

Facebook’s Altoona, Iowa data center to be completely wind-powered

Facebook's soon-to-be-opened data center in Altoona, Iowa will be 100% wind-powered, the company has announced. Electricity will be supplied by MidAmerican Energy in nearby Wellsburg, IA. It will be Facebook's fourth proprietary data center.

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Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Sono, a noise-cancelling device that attaches to your window, has been shortlisted as a top-20 finalist for the 2013 James Dyson Awards. Similar in concept to noise-cancelling headphones, the device detects ambient sounds and actively emits a counter-signal to replace the noise with projected silence or even with another simulated sound like the chirping of birds. It runs on a combination of grid power and harvested energy from surrounding electromagnetic activity such as Wi-Fi signals.

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