A couple weeks ago we heard that New Chitose Airport, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido plans on using snow, kept cool throughout the summer under insulating materials, to chill the airport’s cooling system in the summer. Such a
We have written often how electricity-sucking air conditioners caused the massive post-war transfer of people and votes to the sunbelt; Edward McClelland of Salon thinks that air conditioners make people
Is any Technology more Overdue than Solar-Powered Air Conditioning?
We've been writing for many years about how solar-powered air conditioning is a big "duh!", and should be used more widely. After all, it's when you have lots of sun that you need A/C
Everyone's favorite faux conservative, climate change nay-saying pundit, Stephen Colbert, interviewed Slate's Brendan I. Koerner, author of the long-running "Ask the Green Lantern" column this past Thursday. Stephen quizzed Koerner on a range of topics
Recently the state of Hawaii passed a law requiring new buildings to install solar water heater. Now investors have secured the final funding for another green initiative in the island state: Seawater air conditioning.
When we posted on innovative air conditioners, commenters weren't cool about the fact that we were showing them instead of fans, a deficiency which Christine has rectified. Certainly there are lots of alternatives that do not involve sealing yourself
Good things come in threes. TreeHugger recently reviewed the Bedfan and SunFrost Sleep Genie. The Bedfan cools you under the sheets while you sleep. The Sleep Genie is sized to cool just your sleeping area by insulating around the bed ("Victorian bed
Victorian Bedcurtains are back, as Sun Frost introduces the Sleep Genie, a tiny air conditioner just big enough to keep you comfy while you sleep in your insulated bedchamber. They note that it runs at 72 Watts, and can be powered by a 280 watt solar
Every summer we rant about the retailers who leave the doors of their air conditioned stores open to attract customers in, while the units work overtime to cool the sidewalk. We might just rant, but over at Racked, they are doing something about it;
Home air conditioning accounts for about 5 percent of U.S. electricity usage. In the winter, snuggling under the comforter and turning the thermostat down is a time-honored tradition, but what about in the hot and sweaty mid-summer season?
Brian Jonas at Greenline, the great sustainability blog from Ziger/Snead Architects, shows a great picture of an earth tube being installed at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center. Earth tubes are the dead-simple way of bringing fresh air into a building at
For years we have been saying that solar powered air conditioning just makes sense- if you are boiling in Phoenix the sun is probably shining really hard. We have seen big units, evaporative units that won't work in humid climates, a few vaporware
We've known for awhile that ceiling fans are a great way to maximize the energy efficiency in your home (remember, using them is one of our 25 Ways to Save the Planet), and they can save you some cash since they operate at a fraction of central and
Regular readers know that TreeHugger is fond of the gadget mash-up. Combine a sink and a toilet or a lamp and a broom, and we're (usually) happy as clams; it makes sense to us to double up on functionality, reduce materials and cut back on stuff, all
Companies are turning up the thermostat or even turning off the air conditioning to save energy, as well they should; but some of them still want you to wear ties to work. Here is the answer, from Japan of course: a stylish clip-on tie with a
New York DIY website SuperNaturale agrees that air conditioning is an energy wasting scourge and does it's ten best ways to beat the heat without air conditioning. Some are difficult- "find a well-sited abode" which isn't something that people do every