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Econofy. Before you buy, econofy.

January 27, 2012 in Efficiency

Econofy is a web application that helps online shoppers find efficient products and determine how much the shoppers would save by replacing an existing product with a more efficient one. Econofy displays popular Amazon products and pulls the EnergyStar ratings data for the items (using the APIs from both sites) and then provides a “comparison ROI […]

Gobi. The new way to drink water.

January 13, 2012 in Efficiency, Recycling

Based in Paris, France, Gobilab has recently commercialized the Gobi, an ergonomic, eco-friendly,  and beautifully-designed water bottle.  And above all, Made In France. It’s interesting as an American living in Paris to read about this “new way to drink water”, when in the US, people have been toting around reusable water bottles, including the Nalgene […]

Project Frog. Smart building? Try genius building.

January 9, 2012 in Efficiency

San Francisco-based Project Frog is a technology company designing and constructing modular “net zero” smart buildings that, compared to traditional buildings, are faster and cheaper to build, consume far less energy, and are designed to create healthy and inspiring environments. What sets Project Frog apart is its pre-engineered building modules that allow for an accelerated construction […]

GreenShields. Saving the planet, one bus at a time.

January 6, 2012 in Efficiency, Transportation

GreenShields, based just outside of Chicago in Highland Park, IL, is a project to retrofit traditional school buses with a Plexiglas shield to reduce drag and therefore reduce fuel consumption by up to 28%.   GreenShields is run by a bunch of teenagers, led by Jonny Cohen, 16, the genius behind the project – the idea […]

Switch Lighting. Savings that will light you up.

December 15, 2011 in Efficiency

Lighting, based in San Jose, CA, fabricates LED lightbulbs that effectively produce soft, warm light and are cost-effective, recyclable, and look really beautiful.                 In the US, incandescent lightbulbs will be outlawed by 2014 (Europe already started phasing them out in 2009).  The use of compact fluorescent lightbulbs […]

Simple Energy. Making saving energy social, fun and simple.

December 8, 2011 in Efficiency

Based in Boulder, CO, Simple Energy is developing an online platform that engages consumers to understand their energy usage and compete with their Facebook friends in order to save energy (and money) in a fun and simple way. The Simple Energy solution meets a four-fold objective, as described on their website: Customer Engagement – Building connections between […]

The Nest Learning Thermostat. Programs itself. Keeps you comfortable. Saves energy when you’re away.

December 7, 2011 in Efficiency

Nest Labs, based in Palo Alto, CA, designed The Nest Learning Thermostat, a simple and intelligent thermostat that programs itself in one week to keep you comfy and save a lot of energy (and money). Almost looks like an Apple product, right?  Not surprising since the two co-founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both helped […]

Digital Lumens. Intelligent lighting systems.

December 5, 2011 in Efficiency

Digital Lumens, based in Boston, MA, combines LEDS, networking, and software to create the first Intelligent Lighting System for industrial and commercial customers, reducing lighting energy needs by up to 90%. Digital Lumens is driving lighting efficiency two-fold through: Ultra-efficient lighting technology (LEDS), and Intelligent system management. I first discovered the magic of LED lighting […]

PrintEco. Cut down on carbon emissions, not trees.

November 23, 2011 in Efficiency

Don’t you hate when you print an excel file and you get 1 useful page of cells, and then 10 near-blank pages of random columns that you don’t even care about? Headquartered in Chicago, PrintEco provides a set of plugins for your computer to optimize the content of documents you are printing in order to reduce printing […]

Better Place. Accelerating the transition to sustainable transportation.

November 21, 2011 in Efficiency, Energy Storage, Transportation

Better Place is developing a multi-faceted infrastructure to support and ease the expansion of the electric vehicle (EV) market. Better Place’s various solutions include: Batteries – Development of advanced lithium batteries through partnerships with storage companies like A123 Charging stations – Networks of “charge spots” in office and public spaces to provide convenient charging Battery switch […]

Opower. A new experience for utility customers.

November 11, 2011 in Efficiency

Opower is an energy efficiency software company that partners with utilities (57 to date) to provide a customer engagement platform for household customers to track, understand, and optimize their energy use.  Back in 2006, Opower founders Alex Laskey and Dan Yates knew they wanted to start a project in energy and the environment – but moreover, […]

RelayRides. Neighbor-to-Neighbor Carsharing.

November 3, 2011 in Efficiency, Transportation

RelayRides connects people who need a car with their neighbors who own a car, in order to borrow that car for as little as $5/hour.         It’s a win-win-win…win! situation. The borrower wins – because it’s free to sign up, it’s super cheap ($5/hour includes gas!), and it’s crazy convenient. The lender wins […]