Costing a Green Future

Costing a Green Future

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Pension funds often consider non-financial metrics when they pick stocks. These metrics include ESG, or environmental, social, and governance factors. For example, a wealth management firm may decide not to purchase stock from a coal company, or an oil company, if the company’s actions damage the environment. ESG funds may place these factors above absolute […]

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While looking up heating and cooling methods, I came across far-infrared heating panels. These panels could be significantly more effective than other types of home heaters because of the heating process they use, and could have timing advantages that help cut energy costs as well. Several manufacturers are making these panels, but they don’t seem […]

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While researchers have been working on ways to harvest small amounts of energy to power wearables, LEDs, and other devices, vibrational energy could provide much more power. Mechanical engineering professor Lei Zuo has been researching methods of harvesting vibrational energy and in August 2015 he got some more attention when Virginia Tech published an article […]

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Recently, it was reported that scientists had synthesized two-dimensional tin, or stanene, after theorizing that it could exist about two years ago. Like graphene, two-dimensional sheets of carbon, stanene could have different properties than three-dimensional forms of the element. Specifically, stanene could contribute to energy efficiency by reducing the power consumption of computer chips. Stanene […]

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Washing machine rebate programs are not widespread in every state, but they are available in Oregon. Once again, many Oregon municipalities are using the Energy Star standards to determine which washing machines qualify for the rebates. Energy Star ratings are available for other types of appliances as well, such as refrigerators, and these devices may […]

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Utilities in Southern California are offering rebates on a variety of energy-efficient Energy Star appliances. Many of the sites with the most up-to-date details on these programs are the utilities themselves, including Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company. Some city governments also run their own rebate programs. I decided to focus on […]

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