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Charge your electric car in New York – if you have one

Here’s some cool eco-news for you. You can now charge your electric car in New York. Admittedly, the concept is wonderful… charging your electric car with solar power. In a re-purposed shipping container no less! The problem is, I don’t have an electric car and chances are, neither do you. Building the infrastructure to support all-electric vehicles needs to be paired with the massive availability of electric vehicles. Read more about it here.

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Spray on solar panels coming soon

Ok, maybe not soon. But researchers at the University of Texas have developed a spray-on photovoltaic film that could replace conventional solar panel technology in the near future. The microscopic nano-cells are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair and convert 1% of the sun’s light into electricity. This is an incredibly small amount, but is a strikingly similar challenge that was faced by the creators of the first solar panels.

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Wake up with an eco conscience

This is the coolest handy eco gadget we’ve come across in a long time. This is an alarm clock that will run for up to 8 weeks on water and a splash of lemon juice. Now that’s a refreshing wake up. Try this added tip, rather than waste a whole lemon when you want to refill it, get a squeeze bottle of lemon juice from the grocery store (the ones that look like lemons). They last forever and should power your new alarm clock for years! Get it here.

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Water filter for the developing world

The Tata Group (the folks behind the Nano Smart Car) has created a water filter that uses ash and requires no water pressure or other conventional water infrastructure to operate. What this means for the developing world is a cheap, simple, effective method of producing potable water. Why does this matter? In India alone, Diarrhea will kill 380,000 children this year. Potable, safe water is something developed countries often take for granted and is the difference between life and death in less fortunate parts of the world. Kudos Tata for being both profitable and responsible world citizens. Read More.

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Your iPhone can measure the wind

If you’ve got an iPhone, and there are 45 million people who do, you can now check any location to see if there’s enough wind to support a wind turbine. It uses the phone’s microphone to measure wind speed which doesn’t sound super reliable. But hey, this is a cool eco-innovation and that’s what this site is all about. Read more.

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Eco hosting is an economical option

Green web hosting is a relatively new option for the webmaster. It has evolved over its short life but some standards have developed. A good green web host powers it’s servers with renewable energy, uses efficient servers and give back to the community through environmental efforts. We’re hosted by BlueServers.org which is both a green and progressive web host. Check them out here.

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Cows generating our electricity

A number of companies including Central Vermont Public Service are moving to technology that allows farmers to make a few extra bucks on their bovines. They are employing a technique that harvests methane from cow manure, generates electricity with it, then processes the manure to serve as an organic bedding for the cows (read: less hay). This solves another huge issue (at least here in Vermont) of waste chemicals from fertilizing agricultural fields leeching into the water system and our beautiful lake.

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Nissan Leaf to double it’s own limitations

The Nissan Leaf electric car hasn’t even been released for public consumption (pun intended) yet.  However, Nissan is already finishing up work on technology that will double the expected travel distance allowed by the all electric car.  Thanks TreeHugger.com.

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Turn your roof into a clean power plant

DOW has come up with another way to integrate clean energy generation into a limited home space. Perhaps you don’t have enough room on your property for a wind turbine? Many people don’t, but are just as interested in going green. The DOW Solar Shingle can replace your existing roof shingles and tie into a solar power system, taking your home partially (or completely) off the grid.

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Eco font reduces ink usage by 20%

That’s pretty cool.  A small change is still a change, and this is a small change.  This new font uses “holes” in the letters to significantly drop the amount of ink used in the printing process.  The creators suggest using a laser printer for best results.  As is the case with many of the coolest green innovations, a group from Europe claims this success.  Check it out here: http://www.ecofont.eu/ecofont_en.html

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