Category: Living Green

Federal energy program suggests keeping thermostat set at 78 degrees — 82 while you sleep

The suggestion comes from Energy Star, a federal program managed jointly by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that provides information to consumers about energy efficiency practices that not only save consumers money, but also improve air quality and protect the environment. According to Energy Star, keeping your central air thermostat set to 78 degrees is optimal for both cooling and energy efficiency, but this recommendation only applies to the times when you are home. Read More:

Visualizing U.S. Energy Use in One Massive Chart

Closer to the end, the Tesla Model S rises fast to eventually surpass the Leaf by the end of 2017. In the previous animation, you can already see there are multiple models from BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Fiat, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Chevrolet that have accumulated over 10,000 sales – and as these manufacturers continue to pour capital in the sector, they are likely posturing to try and find how to create the next mass market EV. Of these, Volkswagen seems to be the most bullish on a global transition to EVs, and the company is expecting to have 50 fully electric models by 2025 while investing $40 billion into new EV technologies along the way. Read More:

Artificial Tree Can Suck Up As Much Air Pollution As A Small Forest

It developed an artificial tree that it claims is capable of sucking up the equivalent amount of air pollution as 368 living trees. Called Biourban, the near 14-foot metal tree employs microalgae which pulls carbon dioxide and other contaminants from the air and returns pure oxygen in exchange. Read More:

Non-Native Pests Killing Forests, Releasing Carbon

The report, a collaboartion between Purdue University, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that invasive pests are killing millions of trees every year. Morin says the amount of carbon that’s being released from the resultant dead trees equals about the same amount of carbon given off by 4.4 million cars in one year. Read More: