"Absolutely." That's what Barack Obama told Barbara Walters last November when asked if he would make the White House more environmentally friendly. Of course, he wouldn't be the first.
Jimmy Carter introduced a solar water heater in 1979. Bill Clinton upgraded HVAC systems and installed more-efficient windows and water-conserving devices. George W. Bush gussied up a maintenance building with 167 solar panels in 2002. Loren Abraham, an architect who worked with the Clinton administration, says greening 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has rich symbolic value: "If I were Obama, I'd want to show the world that my administration is going to aggressively adopt new technology to help mitigate climate change." We know the new president has been busy, so here's a stimulus package for making the people's house a model for sustainability.
Plug-and-Play Wind Power
Wind power is a breeze with the Jellyfish Wind Appliance, in tests now at Clarian Technologies in Seattle. The 36-inch turbine generates up to 40 kilowatt hours monthly, enough to light a 3,600-square-foot home. (Fifteen Jellies could illuminate the 55,000-square-foot White House.) No special wiring is needed — just plug it into an outlet, and it pumps electricity through the house. The $400 Jellyfish hits the market next year.
Hot Water Out of Thin Air
Traditional electric water heaters are among the most inefficient appliances in any house. The GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater pairs a heat pump — which transfers heat from the air to water — with conventional tech, saving users $250 a year on energy. Built-in software optimizes performance in any climate, even muggy D.C. summers. Look for the $1,500 unit in December.
The first transparent photovoltaic window, from RSi Energy Group, generates 80 to 250 watts from panes as large as nine by nine feet. The heat-resistant glass could reduce air-conditioning bills by 60 percent. Added perks for the White House: Customized windows can switch from clear to frosted, resist flame, and repel bullets. RSi started production in November and is now taking orders.
Google Your Electric Bill
The search giant will soon launch a Web tool that tracks real-time electricity use in individual appliances from a "smart meter" attached to a household circuit breaker. Users can view their consumption over the Internet (or on the First BlackBerry). Research shows that when people know their electric usage, they cut out excesses totaling 15 percent.
Those sound like the most awesome windows ever. Bullet-proof and electricity-generating wouldn't be a bad idea for the windows on the new, hybrid, presidential limo!
GooglePower? I can't wait for all the mashups with THAT API =D
Dude, I want the Plug-and-Play Wind Power Jellyfish. My house is only about 1,600 square foot, so it would light up my house by 3x. Maybe I could run my appliances if I added one or 2 more. Oh, and byt he way. As soon as Reagan came into office, he removed those solar water heaters. http://classic-car-insurance.tumblr.com/
That is some seriously cool eco-tech. The windows in particular are straight out of science fiction, I don't really have any need for flame and bullet proof windows but if I did then these would be awesome.
I'm also very interested in where Google takes its PowerMeter concept though it is a little scary that Google seem to be getting their fingers into every pie possible!
Real time tracking is key. The problem with environmental issues is that people don't see the consequences of their actions right away, so they can fool themselves into thinking that there aren't any. Even when this example would focus on private stuff more than long-term, general consequences I believe it's still a step in the right direction, particularly now that information on these topics is more accepted and widespread.
When eco-tech begin widely use at jeep, <a href="www.seattletowncar.weebly.com ">SUV</a> and other cars?
We kill our nature.
I really like the idea of the Jellyfish wind turbine - when is that going to be available? Seems like a compact device that could actually pay back it's investment. www.footballshirtsearch.co.uk
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