A Vermont company has created a plan in which it requires its employees
to pay for their energy use. The company gives them an extra $6,000 to
help them pay. If you use less, you just got yourself a nice bonus.
Would this work at your office?
Real-time analytics can result in massive savings: If you know something is wrong with your energy use, you can fix it right then. A new system in Australia lets building managers see everything that’s happening in their buildings as it happens.
The vacuum-inventing genius talks about the future of engineering and innovation, and how it’s much harder to actually design an appliance that’s truly efficient, instead of just putting a smaller motor in it and saying it uses less power.
People with ideas for technologies that could help save the planet often think the importance of their idea trumps the need for business acumen. They couldn't be more wrong. Even a rocket scientist found it challenging to turn his brilliant idea into a successful business.
Here comes the next generation of innovators revolutionizing batteries. Brian Parsonnet led the development of the Ice Bear, a device that is attached to commercial air conditioners and uses ice to store energy, making cooling more efficient and easing the burden on the electric grid.