Posts Tagged ‘energy savings’

Obama: Paint roofs and roads white to save energy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

News Story:

US energy secretary, Steven Chu, said the Obama administration wants to paint roofs white to reflect heat and light and as a result, lower energy consumption.  This is especially targeted at flat roofs.  They would also like for roads to be a lighter color to also prevent heat absorbtion.  They say that these changes could have the equivalent result to taking off every car on the road for 11 years.  Also, painting cars in light or cool colors would reduce air conditioner use and as a result use less energy.

Commentary:

If the claims for the impact of this plan are true, this seems like a pretty simple solution to some of the US’s energy consumption plan. I think they should also require solar panel installation on new building construction as well.

LCD Monitors can now watch you

Friday, May 8th, 2009

News Story:

A Japanese monitor manufacturer, Eizo Nanao Corp., has introduced “EcoView Sense”, a feature which includes motion sensor technology in a couple of their monitor models.  This allows the monitors to sense motion up to 4 feet away from it, and to go into sleep mode after 40 seconds with no one sitting in front of it.

Commentary:

What an ingenious way to save a little energy.  Very cool.  Now to wait for it to become affordable for the average consumer….