18Seconds.org is an absolutely gorgeous website (which can also be found at green.yahoo.com
that is keeping tabs on the spread of compact fluorescent light bulbs
across the United States. The site was created by a coalition, the
largest members of which are Yahoo! and Wal-Mart, but also includes
Environmental Defense and the EPA.
Every state and reasonably large city (including my quaint
little city, Missoula) has data represented at the site. That data is
then broken down into dollars saved, pounds of coal saved and CO2 not
released into the atmosphere.
The idea behind 18Seconds, and the coalition of companies,
municipalities and organizations that support it, is that it only takes
18 Seconds (and several Fortune 500 companies) to change a light bulb.
So why hasn't everyone done it yet?
I agree with them, it's a simple change that can have a
profound effect. I applaud them in their effort, but expect that the
low-quality bulbs Wal-Mart is selling is doing the cause more harm than
good. More on that later.
In any case, the site is certainly worth a look, and if any EcoGeek out there is still buying Edison bulbs, for chrissake stop!
Windows Vista is soon going to begin advertising it's abilities to dramatically reduce the electricity costs of running a personal computer. The improvements in power save functions implemented by Vista, though, are fairly simple. Indeed, the question on my mind is "Why didn't they do it before now!"
I'm really not sure, but if you want to save up to $100 bucks a year on your electricity bill, while doing your part to mitigate environmental impacts of computing, you should check out LocalCooling
LocalCooling provides a really simple application that introduces some powerful power-saving functionality to Windows XP. The system also catalogs how much power it saves and sends that information back to the website. The software actually reads your system information so it knows exactly how much power your system draws. And, thus, exactly how much power can be saved by spinning down your hard disks, turning off your monitor and
That way, the LocalCooling site can keep track of how much power the software has saved (so far, around 6000 kwh.) The goal of LocalCooling is to be installed on 100,000,000 PCs across the world and thus prevent the release of 300 billion kilograms of CO2 per year.
I'm happy to be a part of it, you should try it
Apparently Travelocity has partnered with the Conservation Fund to
provide carbon offsets to it's customers. And they're advertising it
with am absurdist bunny cartoon that I cant decide whether I like or
I mean, I guess I like it, because I've watched it four or five times
now, so now I'm making it available to you, the EcoGeek reader, to
puzzle over yourself. Oh, and you might want to consider carbon offsets
too, though I'd go here
, not to Travelocity to do it.
Hey, Amazing, I've got some more company. I've just come across ecoIron
, a blog discussing all aspects of green computing and it is
marvelous. I'm actually somewhat embarrassed that I'd never noticed the
site before. They've been around for almost as long as EcoGeek and
covering a lot of the same stories. They're more focused on IT than we
are, and they do it extremely well.
Today's article is on Green Supercomputing, which, frankly is a pretty
big deal. ecoIron links to a cool site
that measures the performance of
various super-computers not by performance, but by performance per
watt. The difference per machine is astonishing. Though, what's not
surprising, is how comparatively inefficient the older machines are. If
you're an EcoGeek reader with an eye for some high-quality IT
ecogeekery, I suggest becoming an ecoIron reader as well.
Yahoo has created an excellent new 'Green
' section to autos.yahoo.com.
They've established some kind of rating system (1-100) that will,
hopefully, be updated as today's green cars pale in comparison to
tomorrows. They've also provided a labeling system to easily show what powers a car (hybrid,
bio-diesel, ethanol and natural gas.)
Hats off to the team at Yahoo! for making this system available to the public.
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