domestic energy efficiency Articles

  • Domestic heating systems are more efficient with Scalewatcher

    In hard water areas plumbing, hot water systems and appliances quickly become encrusted with limescale resulting in increasing energy bills and the early renewal of boilers and appliances.  The award-winning, patented, Scalewatcher water-conditioner, from Scalewatcher North America, offers a simple and permanent solution to limescale thereby reducing energy bills and making heating systems ...

  • Inconsistent US Energy Legislation Depresses U.S. Domestic Economic Recovery

    As new energy standards and regulations are enacted across the globe in an effort to address the rising costs of energy production, the declining availability of fossil fuels, and the environmental impact of energy production, some of the traditional leaders in lighting industries are finding themselves hard pressed to maintain competitiveness. With ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • US Dominance in Alternative Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies

    20 years ago there were very few people who would have thought that international competitiveness to be number one would involve much of anything outside military, aerospace or, computer technologies. The last thing anyone probably expected would be a race to be the top producer of the most efficient and environmentally safe technologies on earth. Yet that is precisely what is taking place right ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Environmental policy relating to domestic laundry in the European Union

    Environmental policy relating to consumer markets usually focuses on the impact of products. However, it may be possible to develop more effective policies by focusing more broadly on consumer activities for which a range of products may be used. This study evaluates the total environmental impact of domestic laundering in the European Union (EU), assessing the relative impact of textiles, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap. Harnessing Domestic Energy Resources to Build a Reliable, Affordable, and Climate - Compatible Electricity System

    Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25% of the Haitian population has regular access to electricity, bringing barriers to advances in economic opportunity, health, education, and social equality. Yet, according to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • An Infrastructure Grows · Decentralized Treatment and Recycling Domestic Wastewater

    THE TERM, “decentralized waste-water management,” refers to the process of treating and discharging treated wastewater in the local vicinity where it is generated. Decentralized systems typically use the soil as the final receptor of the treated wastewater instead of discharging to surface waters, which are generally the receptors of treated wastewater from larger centralized treatment plants. ...


  • Are the number crunchers forgetting about energy efficiency?

    What is good news for the environment is often bad news for the economy. Or least that’s the conventional wisdom. The thinking is bolstered by government findings that industrial activity and Gross Domestic Product will drop if the nation adopts a leading proposal before Congress to reduce greenhouse gases. But the number crunchers may be forgetting an important input: Energy efficiency. So says ...

  • Energy efficiency service companies missed the memo

    The folks who install insulated windows, efficient factory motors and energy saving lights apparently missed the memo about the economic meltdown. As US gross domestic product slipped to under 1% in 2008, the $4.1 billion energy service industry grew 7%.  Jealous?  Just wait. That was nothing compared to the expansion predicted over the next couple of years, according to a new report by ...

  • The natural gas revolution: Good or bad for energy efficiency?

    If there were an equivalent in the energy industry to Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, natural gas would be this year’s winner. The dramatic rise in natural gas supply, and fall in price, has reconfigured the energy scene in the United States, suddenly creating a bounty of domestic energy, driving down wholesale power prices and speeding retirement of polluting coal-fired plants. ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Energy efficiency: The unsung hero of our times

    As our economy continues to sputter, one little-noticed industry has been booming for a while now: energy efficiency. The sector is hiring like crazy -- a fact that speaks volumes about the close relationship between clean energy and the economic recovery that we're all waiting for. Energy efficiency could save us all. My firm works with utilities, government agencies, housing authorities, and ...

  • Costs and Benefits of Energy Efficient Lighting and Technology

    In developed nations, lighting accounts for a large portion of the entire amount of electrical power consumed. In the United States, lighting is responsible for approximately 20% of total electricity consumption. In Canada, up to 50% of the electricity used in residential areas is consumed by lighting. In the US and Canada, lighting accounts for about 35% of the electricity used in commercial ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Energy efficiency: Big deals and new ideas

    The economic premise behind energy efficiency –  that it’s cheaper to save a unit of energy than to make one – has caught on in the US.  Energy efficiency spending is up, and our energy use is declining, measured both per capita and per dollar of gross domestic product, according to government ...

  • Energy Efficient Products: the case of Latin America

    Companies manufacturing and selling appliances, equipment and lighting in Latin America (LA) face a growing demand from governments and consumers: reducing energy consumption. In a region of about 20 countries, where Spanish is the dominant language and regulatory systems are based on similar legal models, this demand wouldn’t seem to be a significant regulatory problem to energy-using ...

  • Energy sustainable development through energy efficient heating devices and buildings

    Energy devices and buildings are sustainable if, when they operate, they use sustainable (renewable and refuse) energy and generate nega-energy. This paper covers three research examples of this type of sustainability: (1) use of air-to-earth heat exchangers, (2) computer control of heating and cooling of the building (via heat pumps and heat-recovery devices), and (3) design control of energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption – findings of a study among social housing tenants

    The aim of this study was to take a broad approach to understanding domestic energy consumption and identify difficulties in energy reduction. The study focused on a variety of factors, including barriers and motivators for behaviour change, comfort and comfort actions and knowledge about the heating system. Data collection was carried out with 55 social housing tenants in England using ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Simultaneous domestic wastewater treatment and renewable energy production using microbial fuel cells (MFCs)

    Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) can be used in wastewater treatment and to simultaneously produce electricity (renewable energy). MFC technology has already been applied successfully in lab-scale studies to treat domestic wastewater, focussing on organic matter removal and energy production. However, domestic wastewater also contains nitrogen that needs to be treated before being discharged. The goal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Entropy added taxing methodology: a case study with domestic refrigerators in India

    Use of thermal engineering appliances, especially refrigerators and air conditioners has increased enormously in both industrial and in domestic sectors. They cause considerable environmental pollution due to the release of a large quantity of refrigerant (chlorofluorocarbons) and the use of a large quantity of power, generated mainly from low quality domestic coal. Also available energy or ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Microbiology and Biochemistry of Anaerobic Bioreactors with Relevance to Domestic Sewage Treatment

    Anaerobic granular and fixed-film reactors have been successfully operated for wastewater treatment at full scale for over two decades and represent a sustainable, energy-producing approach, which is increasingly being directed towards treatment of domestic sewage. Research over the past two decades, and significant operational experience, has demonstrated that there are no fundamental ...


    By Springer

  • Improving energy efficiency: About oil fouling in refrigeration systems

    Introduction Most air conditioning and refrigeration systems have a mechanical compressor which relies upon lubricating oil to function. During the normal course of the refrigeration process, ½% to 8% of the compressor’s lubricating oil is circulated throughout the system along with the refrigerant. Since the early days of refrigeration and air conditioning technology, the ...


    By Power Knot LLC

  • Improving Chiller Energy Efficiency Through Automatic Tube Cleaning System Technology

    In this paper, solutions for improving chiller energy efficiency by reducing fouling of shell and tube heat exchangers are discussed. Sponge-ball type automatic tube cleaning system technology is introduced and discussed as a solution for improving chiller energy efficiency and tube cleaning system operating principles are presented.Multiple case studies are provided demonstrating the positive ...


    By Innovas Technologies LLC

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