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Microsoft goes green, commits to be carbon neutral from July 1

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Microsoft has become the latest technology company to commit to reducing its environmental footprint, today announcing that it wants to make its data centers, software development labs, air travel, and office buildings carbon neutral. The software giant’s new initiative will begin from July 1 (also the start of its fiscal year 2013), introducing...
Microsoft goes green, commits to be carbon neutral from July 1

Mo’ data mo’ problems: The future of the data center

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For all the upsides that using vasts amounts of data has, there’s also a cost – and often, it can be measured in cold hard dollars. That was one of the takeaways from a panel of data center experts at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference Wednesday. Processing power and storage have scaled...
Mo’ data mo’ problems: The future of the data center
GE's industrial internet is really (mostly) about energy efficiency
European ISP brings hydro-powered data center online in Montreal

Firms turn to I.T. to track energy consumption, cut costs

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Employees at the National Institutes of Health are expected to set their computers on standby when they leave work at the end of each day. If they don't, a piece of software automatically does it for them. Read full article >>...
Firms turn to I.T. to track energy consumption, cut costs

Tony Fadell on how the Nest thermostat is promoting energy consumption awareness with 'The Leaf'

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When Fadell and team set out to build the Nest thermostat, it could have looked like anything. In fact, said Fadell at the Greenbuild Expo today “it’s a set it and forget it device, it could have looked like anything.” Instead, Fadell says that the futuristic design and pleasant interface...
Tony Fadell on how the Nest thermostat is promoting energy consumption awareness with 'The Leaf'
AutoGrid pulls in $9M to turn 'big data' into an energy source

Ford launches MyEnergi Lifestyle green initiative with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool

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Ford has announced the MyEnergi Lifestyle program in collaboration with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool designed to help US families reduce electricity usage through monitoring it in the cloud. Additional partners include Infineon and Nest Labs, the maker of a smart thermostat. As part of the collaboration, the companies are teaming...
Ford launches MyEnergi Lifestyle green initiative with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool

HP Moonshot server class leaves concept, to power commercial-grade internet of the future

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We're all about the future of the internet here at Engadget, so you can imagine our excitement when HP today announced that it's shooting for the moon with its latest server system, the HP Moonshot. Promising significantly reduced energy consumption and space requirements, the Moonshot is HP's "second generation"...
HP Moonshot server class leaves concept, to power commercial-grade internet of the future

Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

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The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country's biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors...
Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

People Power releases SDK for wireless home energy sensors

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Serial entrepreneur Gene Wang started People Power, a maker wireless network devices that monitor energy consumption, because he knows how much energy is wasted by the average household. Thermostats are not set properly, TVs draw power even when they’re off and sprinkler systems operate oblivious to weather patterns. “About the...
People Power releases SDK for wireless home energy sensors

How Having An Energy Strategy Can Give You An Edge Over Your Competitors

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This post is sponsored by Constellation. With the rise of alternative energy sources and more financial incentives for consumers to manage their power use, energy markets are changing, and successful businesses are changing with them. Companies that pay attention to their energy consumption and set realistic efficiency goals can...
How Having An Energy Strategy Can Give You An Edge Over Your Competitors

New York City's energy consumption mapped out

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Ever wonder how much energy your neighbor is using? If that neighbor lives in New York City, it's your lucky day. The entire city has had its power consumption statistically analyzed by Bianca Howard, a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Columbia University, together with Mechanical Engineering Professor Vijay...
New York City's energy consumption mapped out
Apple pledges to power data center entirely with renewable energy by 2013
Starbucks to add a shot of energy efficiency to its coffee shops

Airbus imagines 'smarter skies' by 2050: reduced emissions and shorter flight times

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Airbus has been crafting its plane of the future for some time now, and while earlier visualizations focus on see-through aircraft with shapeshifting seats, the aviation company's latest ideas have the environment -- and passengers' precious time -- in mind. Airbus just unveiled its "Smarter Skies" conceptualization of what...
Airbus imagines 'smarter skies' by 2050: reduced emissions and shorter flight times

LIFX Is A Smartphone-Controlled Lightbulb

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Just when you thought it was safe to ignore the app economy we have the LIFX, a Kickstarter-funded lightbulb you control from your iOS or Android device? Why, you ask? Because it’s a lightbulb controlled via smartphone, that’s why. The product is just one day old on Kickstarter and it...
LIFX Is A Smartphone-Controlled Lightbulb

UBE's Wi-Fi dimmer switch and the new IoT funding model

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Those of you with multiple connected devices but no way to integrate them under one app might want to consider supporting UBE. The Austin, Texas startup launched an Indiegogo campaign on Wednesday that aims to take any IP-connected device and let you control it from a smartphone. As the number of...
UBE's Wi-Fi dimmer switch and the new IoT funding model
Crunching energy data down to the fridge
Sharp developing standard home management control protocol with Japanese government

Seattle geeks win Apps for Energy challenge with Leafully

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Sometimes it can be tough to put one’s energy consumption into perspective. But what if you broke everything down into something that everyone understands: trees. That’s the idea behind Leafully, a startup project from Seattle software developers Nathan Jhaveri and Tim Edgar. The duo just took home the top prize,...
Seattle geeks win Apps for Energy challenge with Leafully

Microsoft and Purdue University study: Ads in free Android apps waste 75 percent of energy

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Ad-supported apps in Android smartphones are an immense energy suck. According to a Purdue University study (PDF), which—interestingly enough—Microsoft helped research, third-party advertising in free Android apps deplete 65 percent to 75 percent of an app’s energy.  The study said more than 50 percent of energy used for serving...
Microsoft and Purdue University study: Ads in free Android apps waste 75 percent of energy

Social Crowdfunding Platform Rally.org Expands To Europe With New Berlin Incubator And Donations In Euros, With Pounds Coming Soon

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Rally.org, the U.S.-based crowdfunding platform designed for socially-minded causes, is taking its mission to Europe. Today, the startup is opening an incubator in Berlin, its first outside of the U.S., and on a limited beta will start to process donations made on its proprietary payment platform in euros, with the...
Social Crowdfunding Platform Rally.org Expands To Europe With New Berlin Incubator And Donations In Euros, With Pounds Coming Soon
Nest goes big in Texas with utility distribution deal

Nest Labs, Amid Lawsuit, Turns Up the Heat on Its Thermostat

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Nest, the Palo Alto-based start-up that made the thermostat cool with its Nest Learning Thermostat, is making its first significant update to the device since its launch last fall. The thermostat, which works with an app on the iPhone, Android phone or desktop PC, now comes with an updated 10-day...
Nest Labs, Amid Lawsuit, Turns Up the Heat on Its Thermostat
A free online service launches to manage building energy data
How big data can tackle commercial building energy

Apple pulls its products from EPEAT 'green' certification registry

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From its hardware to its data centers, Apple is known for touting its environmentally-friendly bona fides — but the company has modified that stance when it comes to its hardware. This past month Apple pulled its 39 products that were featured in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)...
Apple pulls its products from EPEAT 'green' certification registry

FutureDash EnergyBuddy hands-on (video)

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We've seen more than a few energy monitors, but how many of them offer a pretty light show on the side? The EnergyBuddy -- first unveiled as a prototype at CES but just now inching toward a full launch -- is a complete home energy-tracking system brought to you...
FutureDash EnergyBuddy hands-on (video)

NADAC Systems turns off the lights, and more, to save energy

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Drago Ognjenovic Portland-based NADAC Systems has developed technology that saves energy by switching off unoccupied spaces. That recently earned the company a semifinalist position in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open. I met up with NADAC’s CEO, Miodrag Ognjenovic, to find out more. How is NADAC Systems going to change...
NADAC Systems turns off the lights, and more, to save energy
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