The most eco-friendly smart home companies

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Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us? Upgrading the home with the latest tech feels great, but it’s even more rewarding when you know you’re doing your little part to help the planet. Smart home tech has a role to play in minimizing our energy consumption and generally leading more eco-friendly lives. We look at the biggest players in the smart home space every day, and these are some that are making the biggest impact on fighting climate change and minimizing plastic waste. Ecobee Ecobee Ecobee was the first company to ever make an internet-connected smart thermostat. By being able to factor in local weather forecasts, l ...

Vivint’s new updates make its smart home system even smarter

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I’ve had a Vivint smart home for about 18 months, ever since reviewing the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro and the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro. For the most part, I find them to be incredibly smart and useful. Plus, the integration with Google and Philips Hue in particular up the “whole-home smart home” game when I can unlock my front door and have my lights turn on. This week, Vivint announced updates to the Doorbell Pro and Outdoor Camera Pro, and it’s great to see that “smart” extends to the company itself. Let’s dive in. On-device recording Vivint upgraded all of its camera products — the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro, Outdoor Camera Pro, and Indoor Camera Pro — in a pretty sig ...

Biden throws US solar industry a lifeline with tariff relief, but can incentives bring manufacturing back?

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Biden throws US Solar industry a lifeline with tariff relief, but can incentives bring manufacturing back? by Emily A. Beagle | Research Associate - University of Texas at Austin Austin TX (The Conversation) Jun 08, 2022 illustration only The Biden administration announced it was putting a two-year freeze on the threat of new Solar tariffs, throwing a lifeline to U.S. solar installers - and likely to the country's ability to meet its climate goals. The tariff threat involved imported solar panels and components from four Asian countries that supply about 80% of photovoltaic cells and modules used in the U.S. The administration also announced new p ...

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APG, OMERS Infrastructure buy Dutch renewables firm Groendus - Reuters

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Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - Dutch pension investor APG and OMERS Infrastructure said on Wednesday they had agreed a deal to buy Dutch renewable energy platform Groendus for an undisclosed sum. The deal marks the first infrastructure investment in the country for the Canadian group, which invests on behalf of OMERS, one of the largest pension plans in Canada. APG invests for ABP, the largest pension provider in the Netherlands. Created through the 2021 merger of six companies in the rooftop solar, metering and energy services sectors, Groendus has more than 130 staff and aims to increase its portfolio of 300 solar projects and expand ...

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Lego's exclusive Ulysses space probe set returns for VIP members May 17!

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Biden’s Climate Goals Rest on a 71-Year-Old Defense Law

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Destiny 2: Season Of The Haunted - All The New Exotics, Armor, And Ornaments

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By Darryn Bonthuys on May 24, 2022 at 11:51AM PDT The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. The next three months will see Guardians investigating a spookier side of the Destiny 2 cosmos in Season of the Haunting, but the real motivator to get to the bottom of the latest scheme orchestrated by the followers of the Darkness isn't just a noble desire to save all sentient life. It's an urge to do that and look good while toppling paracausal entities. Season of the Haunted will have plenty of new gear available, which can be acquired through co ...

Record renewables output helps India ease coal shortage in May - Reuters

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Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com NEW DELHI, June 1 (Reuters) - Record green energy output reduced Indian dependence on coal in May, despite 23.5% growth in power demand, contributing to a rise in utilities' coal inventories, a Reuters analysis of government data showed. Surging supply from renewables will go some way towards mitigating India's coal shortage amid extraordinarily rapid growth in demand, which has forced the country to reopen mines and return to importing the fuel. The share of renewable energy sources in power output rose to 14.1% in May f ...

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Save Big on This Solar-Powered Robot That Will Deal With Weeds in Your Garden (So You Don’t Have To)

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This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. If you’re looking forward to growing beautiful vegetables or watching as the flowers in your yard begin to bloom this summer, you also probably know that weeds are bound to take root in your garden. You can try sprays, mowing, and homemade remedies, but sometimes they’re ineffective. Now there’s a solar-powered robot that'll stop those pesky, unwanted sprouts in their tracks, and it's on sale. When you use Amazon's on-page coupon, you can save $99 on the Tertill weeding robot. The device typically costs $349, but once you head to ...

Ultralight flexible perovskite solar cells

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This study was led by Prof. Rui Zhu, Prof. Wei Wang and Prof. Qihuang Gong from Peking University. In this work, 3-um-thick commercially available parylene-C was deposited on the top of pre-cleaned glass via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and then the flip-over transferring (FOT) process was employed to ensure a smooth parylene surface. 210-nm-thick Zr, Ti and Ga-doped indium oxide (ITGZO) was sputtered on parylene as transparent conducting oxide (TCO) electrodes, and inverted FPSCs were then accomplished (see Figure. 1 attached). Devices on glasses and parylene-F (i.e., parylene-VT4) substrates were also constructed to verify the advantages of parylene-C. Scanning electron microscopy ( ...

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