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Barrier-Breaking $10 Cree LED Bulb Now Even More Affordable with Utility Rebates

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has earned ENERGY STAR® qualification for the game-changing soft white Cree® LED Bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualification signifies these Cree LED Bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the ENERGY STAR qualified Cree LED Bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

“ENERGY STAR qualification can enable the Cree LED Bulbs to be purchased with an instant utility rebate delivering consumers a quality LED bulb for under $5”

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Duracell Introduces Quantum – the World’s Most Advanced Alkaline Battery

BETHEL, Conn.–()–Duracell® today announced the launch of Duracell Quantum, the world’s most advanced alkaline battery with unbeatable, long-lasting power, and its biggest innovation since CopperTop. With its revolutionary Hi-Density Core™ and proprietary PowerCheck™ power indicator, the distinctively red and copper Duracell Quantum has been engineered to deliver the performance consumers demand.

“As a touring musician, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of first responders across our country, the brave guys and girls who show incredible bravery in the face of natural disasters and other emergency situations”

To celebrate the launch of Duracell Quantum, Duracell is donating one million Quantum batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell recognizes that the heroes who protect our families and communities need these batteries to power their critical devices. This donation ensures that they are equipped with the most advanced battery in the world. Continue reading

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CurrentState Sustainability Audit to Include EPEAT Imaging Equipment and Television Standards

epeat_logoTulsa, Oklahoma – February 13, 2013 – Caelus today announced that all versions of their CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit will be updated to include the newest EPEAT® standards for greener electronics. The EPEAT registry’s Imaging Equipment standard, publicly unveiled today in Washington DC, will be added to CurrentState™ immediately. EPEAT’s Television standard will be added to CurrentState™ as soon as it is released later this year.

CurrentState™ delivers a comprehensive review of the sustainability practices of an organization.  CurrentState™ is based on Caelus’s Three Tiers of Sustainability framework. The framework organizes sustainability into 3 main categories (Green IT, Business and Facilities) and more than 20 additional sub-categories. The audit’s Findings Report includes specific quick wins, recommendations and analysis of each category. Continue reading

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Smart Appliance Market to Reach Nearly $35 Billion Annually by 2020

As utilities around the world deploy smart meters, smart appliances (which use an intelligent power management strategy to optimize the load on the power distribution grid) have a significant role to play in realizing the vision of the smart grid.  Currently, these appliances are limited in terms of availability and types of products, but they will start to represent an increasing share of the total appliance market after 2015.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the annual value of the smart appliance market will grow from $613 million in 2012 to $34.9 billion in 2020. Continue reading

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Green Gift Idea of the Day – NEST Learning Thermostat

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

A thermostat for the smartphone generation

The next generation Nest has a new, slimmer design, is enclosed by a solid stainless steel ring and works with 95% of low voltage systems.

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. By programming itself, the Nest thermostat can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. You just have to teach it well.

  • 2nd generation design – Nest is now 20 percent thinner and works in 95 percent of homes with low voltage systems
  • Auto-Schedule – Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Nest saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most homeowners install Nest themselves in 30 minutes or less. After that, it’s just a matter of changing the temperature

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

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Smart Meter Shipments Grew Sequentially in the Second Quarter of 2012

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rebounding from a soft first quarter, worldwide smart meter shipments picked up steam in the second quarter of 2012. According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, global volumes in the quarter totaled 18 million units, up sequentially by nearly 19 percent. Even in North America, where the pace of deployments has slowed in recent months, meter shipments grew in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, the study concludes.

“The second quarter shipment gains are encouraging, but in North America shipments will start to dwindle as major smart metering projects reach completion this year,” says senior research analyst Neil Strother. “The next phase of growth is shifting to projects in Western Europe and Latin America, where sizeable deployments are expected in the next couple of years. And, of course, China continues to deploy at a rapid pace as it strives to fulfill its goal of some 300 million smart meters by mid-decade.” Continue reading

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Apple, it is time to get Superficial – UI Refresh time for OSX and iOS has Arrived

Dear Apple -

As a long-time consumer and fan, I’d like to congratulate you on your rise from the ashes to the top of the tech world.  Against all odds, you single-handedly redefined the computer and mobile phone markets.  You also recreated an entire category, the tablet.  It must feel good to know that the annual revenue from just the iPhone is larger than the total revenues for Microsoft – your once mighty competitor.  Well done!

The iPhone 5 looks to be a fantastic phone too.  It must have save considerable design time simply making the screen a little bit bigger.  I am sure Jony appreciated the time off.

However, there is one thing that you should be aware of.  Your UI is getting long in the tooth.  The UI (for both OSX and iOS) is the thing that we have to look at all the time.  Whether glancing at our phones or staring at out computer screen all day – your UI is ever more present.  The funny thing is, this used to be your strong suit.  OSX always looks like it was polished compared to the amateurish Windows. But the times, they are a-changing’. Continue reading

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UGE and GE Announce World’s First Wind-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station

BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Urban Green Energy (UGE) and GE (NYSE: GE) have unveiled the world’s first integrated wind-powered electric vehicle charging station. The innovative Sanya Skypump pairs UGE’s cutting-edge vertical wind turbines with GE’s electric vehicle (EV) charging technology to offer completely clean energy to power electric vehicles.

“GE is launching a family of electric vehicle charging systems in Europe offering domestic and commercial users a range of easy-to-use, flexible systems to help make electric vehicles a practical, everyday reality.”

Installed by UGE Iberia, the Spanish branch of New York-based Urban Green Energy, the first wind-powered EV charging station is located at Cespa’s global headquarters near Barcelona. Cespa is the environmental services subsidiary of Ferrovial Servicios, the world’s largest private transportation infrastructure investor. Continue reading

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