Al Gore’s Green Tips

August 27, 2007
Following up on a recent blog post on my other blog regarding green technology, here are the top five ways you can become green from none other than Al Gore.
1)      Florescent light bulbs: These bulbs are getting better and better. Many people complained about the first generation of these bulbs as they had poor lighting characteristics. Nowadays you will get better looking lights which save money and last longer than incandescents.
2)      Outdoor Solar Lighting: Boy these things really stink but still they are better than nothing and will save money and reduce carbon emissions. My experience with these lights is in New England. I imagine the lights are much more effective in Vegas or Arizona where the sun is much stronger.
3)      Programmable thermostats: These devices are a great way to save some money and also reduce CO2 emissions. I have nothing bad to say about these devices. The one missing link in the programmable thermostat department is making them wireless ready so you can program them from a web browser. I am looking forward to the day when these devices are cheap and can be turned on and off from IE or Firefox.

I am not going to give the rest of the ideas away. If you want more information please check which lives on
Oh, I almost forgot. Don’t forget to be at the Green Technology Worldconference which will be held concurrently with ITEXPO in LA October 11-12, 2007.

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  1. Obert Reslock :

    From 'Gore says that when you're shopping for major home appliances, look for the Energy Star label. "This is a signal that you're getting an environmentally efficient appliance that's going to save you money at the same time," he says.'

    The Energy Star label on major appliances is a good place to start, but only indicates a 'greener' range of electrical consumption. Once you've found and Energy Star, find the kWh per year number on the yellow Energy Guide tag and compare that as well. For instance, a refrigerator with an annual electrical usage between 504 kWh/yr and 612 kWh/yr is pretty good. Anything higher, you'll want to keep shopping. Comparing the numbers on the Energy Guide tag as well as all the other features will help you find the really good appliances.

  1. Rich Tehrani :

    Thanks for the very helpful information.

    In a perfect world we would all have easy access to the minimum, average and maximum amount of carbon emissions for every device we are about to purchase. This would definitely help with green shopping and is not so different than the EPA average fuel consumption estimates we see on vehicles today.

  1. Jeanne :

    There is also a nifty solar attic fan being sold here in AZ. which can save on energy by cooling the attic of a home/office and subsequently lowering electric bills for running A/C. It was quickly installed and started working just by holding it up to sunlight before actual installation into a roof vent. It was about $550 installed, so if you live where it gets really hot, call a solar firm to get a quote. The company I own also markets a green disk vault that will reduce power consumption via AUTOMaid (massive arrays of disks) technology, effectively cutting data center colling costs some 70%. It's not for the meek, but for large data centers. It really adds up environmentally when planning rack cabinet and UPS power purchases and every large firm should be aware it exists as they increase online data storage needs. (terabytes)

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