AllEarth Renewable’s REWIRE Program Inspires Employees To Consume Less

AllEarth RenewablesGreat story from FastCompany.com, “Carbon Taxing Your Own Employees To Improve Their Energy Use,” about AllEarth Renewables’ effort to motivate employees to reduce the amount of energy they consume.

How it works
At the start of the year, AllEarth Renewables gives each employee $6,000 to cover their annual driving, electricity and heating costs. Whatever they consume over that amount, they have to return to the company. The program was implemented at the start of 2012 and AllEarth Renewables’ Public Affair’s Manager, Andrew Savage, hopes it’s an idea that will be copied by other companies. From the start, employees worked together to develop ideas on how to cutback their personal energy consumption. The program was so effective, it even changed one employee’s car buying decision to a more fuel efficient diesel vehicle.

In addition to cutting back how much energy co-workers consume, probably the best feature of AllEarth Renewable’s REWIRE program is that it’s a great morale builder. Staff members working together and motivating each other to consume less electricity. If we gave out Jubbys, AllEarth Renewables would be our first recipient. [FastCo.Exist]

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British Gas Energy Study Reveals UK Companies Consume Nearly 1/2 Their Power After Business Hours

Old-School Server RoomHard to imagine but according to a report from British Gas, businesses in the UK consume 46% of their electricity outside of normal business hours (6pm – 8am). The data was collected from 6,000 smart meters across a diverse group of businesses. Examples of where the after-hours/weekend wasted power consumption went included parking lot lights, shop display lights and office vending machines. In response to the study, British Gas is starting a Business Energy Insight program to help companies track when and where their power is being consumed and how to become more energy efficient.

Still amazed by numbers from British Gas but it’s probably nice for the participating businesses to take on the challenge of cutting back their off hour power consumption. It would be great to hear about a follow up story on how they reduced their power consumption and the ways they consumed less. [Yale360]

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Thanks To The SolarCalculator and SolarLease, SolarCity May Be Your Next Renewable Utility

SolarCalculatorIn the crowded market of renewable energy suppliers and ideas, SolarCity may have found their Jubbling niche with a product that is as brilliant as it is simple. All you have to do is visit SolarCity.com and enter some data into their SolarCalculator – average electric bill, your address, roof description and local utility company – and they’ll kick out information on how much you could save by installing solar panels. The genius of their product is that they give you the option of buying the panels or more importantly, leasing them from SolarCity. Your lease payments go to SolarCity for renewable energy instead of the utility company. And believe it or not, the utility companies want it this way. They have a limited amount of kilowatt hours to distribute so they encourage their customers to consume less.

SolarCity HomeHaving the SolarCity panels operational will not completely take you off the grid. If you have a stretch where you need more electricity than your panels are generating, your local utility will seamlessly cover the difference. And the reverse is also true; you can get energy credits for the excess electricity you send back to the grid. It’s called “net metering” and you must get permission from your local utility and SolarCity before it’s active. Basically, your meter will spin backwards when you are generating more than you are consuming.

Residents and businesses in California, Arizona, Texas and other sunny states – please give SolarCity’s SolarCalculator a shot. You are blessed with sunlight – why not absorb some of it.

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Jubwinked? New Energy Technologies Inc.’s SolarWindow Uses Spray-On Solar Cells

New Energy Technologies SolarWindowOnce again, I hope New Energy Technologies is legit but I can’t help feeling Jubwinked again by a company with a technology that promises too much. New Energy Technologies just issued a press release about their spray-on-window solar cells that can outperform rooftop solar panels by 300%. When applied, the see-through SolarWindow technology will absorb sunlight entering the building as well as internal office lighting. According to New Energy Technologies, the SolarWindow “is made possible by spraying an electricity-generating coating on to glass at room temperature.” Conventional solar panel manufacturing requires high-heat in order to apply the the solar cells onto a opaque substrate and can not be transparent.

New Energy Technologies other product is MotionPower. MotionPower is basically a “speed bump” that generates electricity from the excess energy produced by moving cars and trucks passing over them. Here is a video that describes how the idea works:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”270″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEv4g6PbSHg&feature=related[/youtube]

In related news, Pat Mehiney is taking his wool socks public after demonstrating to 3 or 4 people his amazing ability to generate electricity*.

*The static variety

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Fedex Moving Toward Electric Vehicle And Hybrid Fleet

Federal Express Electric VehicleI’ll be the first to admit that I’m not completely sold on the whole consumer marketed hybrid/electric vehicles yet, but for a delivery company like Fedex, electric and hybrid vehicles are a no-brainer and a definite Jubbling. It all has to do with the whole “start/stop” idea inherent in the delivery business and having an electric vehicle that doesn’t idle and never has to be restarted gives Fedex a Jubblingoligical advantage over other parcel companies. That is why Fedex is also converting their older vehicles into more efficient hybrid models that will lessen the effect of idling and restarting after each package delivery. And to re-charge some of these electric vehicles, Federal Express’s Oakland HUB will use electricity generated by their Bloom Box from Bloom Energy.

Mapping delivery routes to follow the “right-turn” only idea was a good start but converting their delivery fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will help get Fedex the Jubbling patch.

Related News: Not to be outdone, UPS just announced the addition of 200 hybrid vehicles to its fleet of delivery trucks. Service levels, however, will remain the same.

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Sanwa PrePeat 3100 II: Tonerless And Rewritable Printer

The Sanwa PrePeat 3100 II printer out of Japan is a tonerless, rewritable printer and will be priced at around $5600. The reusable PET plastic paper is expected to cost approx $3.35/sheet and can be reused 1000 times.

Sanwa includes a graphic on their website with ideal applications of the PrePeat 3100 II.

Sanwa-Newtec PrePeat 3100II
Finding ways to justify purchasing a Sanwa-Newtec PrePeat 3100 II is currently a little difficult. It outputs $3.35 per page reports you don’t want to save, can’t write-on and you can’t hand out. Its tonerless feature is great and Sanwa-Newtec scores on that Jubbling but since your printed documents have to stay in-house to be reused, you might as well avoid paper altogether and set a goal of being a paperless office.

An important component of Jubbling technology is that it’s easily “adoptable” and that is where I think the $5600 Sanwa PrePeat 3100 II misses the Jubbling. It’s an idea that is ahead of its time that may find a market and customer base after we see a significant price drop. [Sanwa-NewTec]

[youtube width=”425″ height=”240″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQiXONfGwDc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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