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Lenovo’s Latest Green PC: The M58p Eco Ultra Small

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing a new, very efficient PC called the ThinkCentre M58p Eco Ultra Small by Lenovo. This compact PC is the successor to the ThinkCentre M57p Eco. My kilo-o-watt meter is telling me that the M58p consumes only about 35 watts while idle, and 58 watts of power at peak usage. It has a power supply that is 85% …

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Sony Introduces Smart Green LCD TVs

by Justin Thomas •

Sony is introducing a new LCD TV called the Bravia WE5 that it claims to be the greenest ever. The WE5 uses a new backlight called a micro-tubular HCFL backlight, which cuts the active power consumption by 50%. The television also incorporates a “Smart Presence Sensor”.

Philips’ New Eco-TV Uses Only 75 Watts

by Justin Thomas •

This new 42-inch LCD "Eco TV" by Philips was announced at CES 2008 (Consumer Electronics Show). The television certainly has a lot  of energy saving features  that make it possibly the most efficient TV on the market. CNET reports: [The TV] has the ability to dim the backlight–by up to five times peak brightness–in response to program material…Dimming the backlight …

The Greenest Skyscaper In The U.S.?

by Justin Thomas •

This skyscraper, One Bryant Park, is being constructed on 42nd street in New York. The tower will be hard to miss: it has a faceted glass facade that maximizes the daylight entering the building, while minimizing the heat. The 54-story building is designed to earn the LEED Platinum rating (the highest designation from the U.S. Green Building Council), thereby setting …

100% Renewable Power For Durango City, Colorado

by Justin Thomas •

The city of Durango will soon be powered by 100% renewable energy (we believe that wind power will be used). Green power currently constitutes about 10% of city power purchases. The extra the city pays for green energy will add about $120,000 a year to its electrical bill officials said. But the extra cost will be offset by an energy …

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Energy Monitoring “Flower Lamp”

by Justin Thomas •

This is a lamp that “blooms” when the energy consumption in your house has been low for some time, thus giving you tangible feedback. More details: WorldChanging

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Self-Cleaning Glass: Pilkington Activ Glass

by Justin Thomas •

"Pilkington Activ" glass needs little cleaning, reducing consumption of detergent and water. The active glass has a special nano-scale (extremely thin) coating of microcrystalline titanium oxide which reacts to daylight. The reaction breaks down dirt on the glass, and when the water hits the glass the dirt slides off. The chemical used — titanium dioxide is a fairly benign compound …

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Canon i560 Printer

by Justin Thomas •

We list this inexpensive printer because it is one of the most efficient in terms of ink consumption and ink price. Also, Canon has committed to eliminating lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and mercury from its printers by December 2004. Inkjet printers also use much less energy than laser printers. Notes from CNET: Canon’s i560 desktop photo printer shows that quality …