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Dutch plan bladeless, live-in windmill, symbol of circular economy

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A lot of people, even those who are in favour of sustainable energy, don’t want wind turbines near their homes because they claim the noise of the spinning turbine blades makes them sick and keeps them awake at night. Perhaps a new idea from the Netherlands will change their minds? Dutch researchers have come up with a way to generate electricity from the wind with no moving parts. Hence, no noise. Not only would people be able to live happily near such windmills; they would be able to live in them, which is what millers have been doing for centuries, after all. The first of these marvels of wind technology ... Read More »

An Earth Day gift from Philips: LED bulb for less than US$5

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The timing of the announcement for Earth Day Eve was no doubt intentional. Philips today announced a new 60-watt-equivalent LED light bulb for consumers, priced at under $5 US. The bulb will be available at the beginning of May at Home Depot. The kick-off offer will be a two-for-one pack for the first 90 days, or while supplies last, says a statement from Philips. They are already available at Home Depot online. The bulbs’ specifications give them a lifespan of 10,000 hours, based on three hours of use per day. Stock up on these energy-savers and you may never have to buy another lightbulb, at least not the 60-watt size. ... Read More »

TD Centre “the green real estate brand” on its sustainability measures

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The Toronto-Dominion Centre, “the green real estate brand,” says its sustainability efforts over the past five years have paid off in a big way for its tenants in the iconic cluster of downtown Toronto buildings. Energy use was reduced by 13 per cent over the five years, and by 6.9 per cent in 2014 compared to the year before; water consumption was reduced by 42 per cent; greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 13 per cent (equivalent to annual emissions of 747 cars, the report says), and it achieved 79 per cent waste diversion. The centre also achieved an impressive $300,000 saving in base building electricity costs, according to a ... Read More »

Bowery Project takes urban agriculture to the street

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We live in a mobile age, the age of the pop-up. Everyone is hyper-connected with everyone else electronically, and we demand the ability to do everything mobile. We pay bills, shop, chat, text, Skype. snap, sext, blog, game, read, listen, watch, remotely control home appliances and generally live in a state of perpetual mobility. But gardening? Mobile gardening, it turns out, is not as oxymoronic a concept as it sounds at first. Basically, all plants need is soil, water and light, and those simple needs can be met just as well in a milk crate on a vacant city lot as in a picturesque garden plot on a sprawling country ... Read More »

The battery-powered home; if utilities are worried, it must be coming

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Efficient energy storage is the holy grail of the green energy movement. Anyone can set up solar panels on a rooftop and harvest sunlight for electricity, but what do you do with the surplus, if you can’t sell it back to the utility company? More to the point, what do you do when the sun doesn’t shine? If you have to rely on the grid for power when alternative sources like solar and wind aren’t reliable, then you have a problem. The solution has already been found. It’s called a battery. The problem is not making a battery; the problem is making a battery that stores enough energy to power ... Read More »

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