• Edison Software Review – Download from Verdiem

    PC power consumption: does it really matter?

    More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours (108 petajoules) of energy is wasted because many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we aren’t using them.

    If we could improve the efficiency of how we use our PCs, the value of energy saved would be over $3 billion dollars! What’s more the CO2 emissions from just 15 computers are equivalent, in energy terms, to the gas consumption of one car!

    Verdiem Corporation is a company that has helped enterprises, the World over, reduce energy waste from IT devices, and with its free download application, Edison, Verdiem is making its money and energy saving technology available to home users.

    Localcooling.comEdison system requirements

    • Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista
    • 256MB RAM
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 5.01 or later
    • 7MB free hard disk space

    If .NET 2.0 is not already installed, 280MB of additional disk space required

    Application description

    Created by Verdiem Corporation, Edison is a free PC energy management tool launched in late August 2008. This easy-to-use application allows users to control their PCs’ energy consumption more effectively. To use the application, users have merely to download Edison, scroll the Savings bar to the desired level of efficiency, set the schedule, and then leave it to run in the background while the PC is on.

    You may ask, “But why should I download a free application when I already have control over the power settings of my PC’s monitor, hard-disk and other peripherals?”

    Well the answer is simple. With this application you’ll have much more control over when and how your PC decides to turn off its peripherals. Without Edison, to modify the Windows energy saving settings you need to access an option within the Control Panel. This section only offers a crude set of controls that make no allowance for your particular usage patterns: this can be a nuisance especially if your PC is powering down every time you are away from it for a few minutes.

    By comparison Edison offers you a far more sophisticated range of PC power management tools. You can tell this free application when you use your computer and also the time when the PC is normally idle so that the software will manage power consumption according to your behavioral and usage patterns. For example if you leave your system on during the night, Edison will know which times you are not on your PC and at those times will increase the energy saving settings to the maximum level possible. You can also input the amount that you pay for your electricity so that Edison will be able to calculate how much it is saving you through managing your PC’s power usage.

    Using the Save More feature while you are working will switch off your monitor and hard drive after five minutes of inactivity, and suspend your PC after ten. Alternatively the Save Less setting in the configuration menu means that your display device will be switched off after 30 minutes instead of five, and that your hard drive will be shut down after 45 minutes of idle time. And there are also a whole range of settings between these two extremes.

    The Estimated Annual Savings section is where you get a real idea of how much you are saving yourself. Once you have plugged in what your local power company charges per kilowatt hour, Edison will calculate money and energy saved per year, as well as how much carbon dioxide you have stopped from being emitted.

    Verdiem Corporation has also launched another tool, called Surveyor, aimed at large to medium-sized corporations instead of home users, which basically performs the same tasks and PC energy saving functions as Edison. However this corporate tool can be installed on multiple computers at the same time, and is managed centrally from one computer (usually the IT administrators’ PC), helping whole companies to reduce energy wastage and to save the environment.

    In all, we believe Edison offers concerned people the opportunity to make a difference, with minimal effort, in the fight against the global climate crisis.

  • Spread the Word

    By joining LocalCooling, it’s possible for all of us, even as an individual to make a contribution to tackling global warming. We would like your help to create a global community of millions working towards the same goal, reducing PC power consumption and making people more aware of savings that can be made, without a huge effort or personal cost.

    Start with your own PC, then get your friends involved, get it into schools, your work, public service places and anywhere else were computers can be found.

    Our goal is to have 100 million people connected to the same network making a big impact on redusing global warming. It is up to you to make LocalCooling a success.

    Below are a number of projects that we encourage our users to take part it. Visit our forum to discuss even more ideas with fellow members. Take action today!

    In order for the LocalCooling project to attract users we need traffic. If you own a website or blog please link to us. If you use your LocalCooling account you will be credited with points for every referral. More Info…

    If you are a saver why not show off your stats on your website or blog and at the same time help LocalCooling to attract new users. If you use your LocalCooling account you will be credited for every referral. More Info…

    One of the best ways to spread the word is the use of viral marketing. If you have the skills please create your own LocalCooling promotional movie and submit it to YouTube. Every movie will also be listed and promoted on our site. More Info…

    The easiest way to spread LocalCooling and something everyone can do is simply to tell your friends about it. Click Here to use our Tell a Friend Form.

    If you have a blog, MySpace or any other personal page you can do a lot to help us in our fight. Please click here for suggestions!

  • Carnivorous Devices Eat Bugs to Charge Up

    James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau are UK-based designers with a taste for the unique when it comes to alternative energy. These scientist-inventors are among a small group of creative thinkers that are designing a series of household products powered by the dead bodies of flies and mice. That’s right, dead bodies. In fact, these devices actually kill the pests and digest the carcasses for energy.

    One such device is a mouse-killing coffee table. A small channel in one leg of the table gives the rodent access to the table top. In the table top is a trap door that opens and closes electrically. The mouse falls in the trap, the door closes, and the bio-digester in the table eats the carcass for energy to operate the door. Supposedly there is no odor released in the process.

    Another device is a lamp that lures and captures flies or mosquitoes and digests them to create enough power to operate the insect attracting light. Nothing is said about what happens to any waste left over after bio-digestion in either device.

    While this is an interesting series of experiments, there are certain questions that arise. How necessary are these types of devices in developed countries? For the most part, the supply of flies and mice are limited in most homes. If there is not a sufficient supply of fuel, the device simply stops working. Do you prime the machine with some bugs or rodents from the pet store?

    If this type of device really works and is efficient in bio-digestion, what might be next? Sci-Fi film writers have already introduced flesh-eating robots that could endanger or eliminate the human race. Perhaps this is far fetched, but the concept can be unsettling.

    On the other hand, in developing parts of the world, flies and rodents are a serious health threat. If those threats could be removed and used as energy, there may be benefits from this technology. Perhaps we would then be faced with mice as an endangered species.

    Dead bodies aside, scientists are perfecting bio-digestion systems that can capture methane gas from decomposing human and animal waste, and other systems that can do the same with vegetation. Perhaps one great idea would be to use a bio-digester to convert kitchen food waste into electricity to power another kitchen device. How about a coffee pot powered by the decomposing coffee grounds from the day before?

  • Greenest Cities to Visit in December

    The greenest cities in the world are those that actually implement as many environmentally responsible measures as possible. The face of the world’s cities is rapidly changing and it would be nearly impossible to accurately rank the greenest cities, since there are currently so many standards to measure by. Here is what some believe are the Top 5 Greenest Cities in the world to visit:

    • Portland, Oregon, USA has been listed as the greenest city by Popular Science Magazine. Extensive bicycling routes, parks, renewable energy use and public transportation make this a very green city. Urban sprawl has been controlled and the city core is walkable to all major attractions and a host of restaurants and clubs.
    • Freiburg, Germany boasts such green features as a car-free zone, solar village and heliotrope house. Located on the western edge of the Black Forest, Freiburg straddles the Dreisam River and was founded in 1120 AD.
    • Zermatt, Switzerland has reserved all streets for pedestrian and cycle traffic. Commercial loads are moved on hand carts, horse carts or by electric vehicles. There are no cars in Zermatt! Visiting is like stepping back in time at the foot of the Matterhorn.
    • Montreal, Quebec, Canada has enacted the Montreal Protocol as a legislative means to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and have created what is perhaps the most extensive public bicycle sharing program in the world. This island-city boasts over 2000 years of history.
    • Austin, Texas, USA is the home of the Whole Foods Company and offers live entertainment to rival any city in the world. Perched on the banks of the Colorado River, Austin is the Capital of the State of Texas. While to some it seems hard to believe in the heart of oil country, Austin is taking extensive action to be one of the greenest cities in the world.

    Whether you agree with this list or not, any of theses cities make an excellent vacation destination. If your travel plans keep you closer to home, take a look at the web sites of other cities within your travel range. See which ones are proud to announce any green measures they are taking. Try to patronize businesses that promote and practice green initiatives. Do all you can to reduce, reuse and recycle at home, at work or when on vacation.

  • Radical Measures to Fix the Climate Problem

    John Holdren is the science advisor to US President Obama. In a recent interview, the subject of radical measures to combat global warming drew a wide range of opinions. The term geoengineering was introduced in a discussion of certain radical measures.

    One idea is to implant pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect UV rays from the sun. Another is to design made-made trees to filter CO2 gases from the atmosphere on a larger scale than organic trees. These and other radical measures are being explored by the American Meteorological Society as well as the British Parliament and National Academy of Sciences.

    Holdren admits that these are last resort ideas, but also recognizes that no idea, regardless of how unbelievable, should be left uninvestigated. Many scientists believe that we are quickly approaching a point of no return in regard to global warming and the human footprint on this planet.

    Although these ideas seem absurd to most of us, it is this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that must take place if we are to advance as a society and conquer the environmental problems of our own making. It is our often careless human presence that has caused undue stress on the ecosystems that we all depend upon for survival.

    It should be remembered that throughout history we find incidences of humans ignoring the obvious outcomes of certain actions for the sake of comfort or convenience. It should also be noted that corporate and government greed account for much needless suffering worldwide.

    We should all spend time thinking about new and innovative solutions for easing the burden on the environment while saving ourselves and our money at the same time. Perhaps radical measures such as those described by Mr. Holdren would not be necessary if humans would change their ways of thinking and living.

    All of us need to take an honest look at how we use and abuse resources. Take advantage of ways to save energy and recycle products at every opportunity. This will mean changing some lifestyle habits, but isn’t life itself worth it? If you don’t believe that your life or the lives of your descendents are worth it, how about saving money for yourself?

    Remember, the failure of each of us to act decisively and willingly in saving the planet and the ecosystems that support life will result in the need for radical measures to be taken. It would seem that we still have time to make the personal choices required to avert disaster. Will we?

  • Indoor Air Pollution Basics

    Past generations didn’t think much about indoor air quality.  They were satisfied with keeping polluted outdoor air, outside.  But recent science has revealed that our indoor air is often harmful.

    There are two basic types of indoor air pollution:

    1. Gases and other toxins released by building materials and furnishings
    2. Toxins carried indoors on our feet or by any other means

    Building materials and furnishings have historically contained some of the most toxic chemicals on the planet.  Formaldehyde gas is released from mattresses, fiberglass insulation, carpet padding, and much more.  Volatile Organic Compounds VOC’s) are gases released from carpet, wallpaper, paint, varnish, upholstery, and much more.

    The bottoms of our shoes often carry pesticides, dirt and dust.  These particles become imbedded in our carpets and rugs then end up in our air.  Dust mites are those incredibly frightful looking microscopic bugs that feed on flakes of dead skin and can travel on large dust particles.

    Indoor Air Pollution Basics

    Another problem is the lack of fresh air exchange on most heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.  We spend most of our time indoors (about 90%) and we breathe about 20-40 times per minute on average.  Everything in our air ends up in our bodies.  EPA studies have shown that indoor air pollution can be up to five (5) times worse than outdoor air pollution.

    HVAC systems, if not properly maintained, can be sources of mold, bacteria, pollen, dust, viruses and other contaminates.  One of the ways to reduce mold and mildew growth is to limit indoor humidity.  If indoor humidity is too high, mold can grow at an alarming rate.

    Traditional heating systems burn fuels such as natural gas, propane or heating oil to create heat.  Any of these fuels can create toxic gases that must not be allowed to enter your home or office.  The fire box and heat exchanger in your furnace must be inspected and maintained annually for your safety.

    There is a lot more to know about indoor air quality, but here are a few quick tips to improve your indoor air quality:

    • Change furnace and air conditioning filters often, perhaps every 30 days or more.  Have your furnace inspected by a professional once a year.
    • Keep ceiling fans clean.  Dust gathers on the blades and creates a home for creatures.
    • Open windows at least once a week (even in winter) to allow for fresh air exchange.
    • Have air ducts cleaned (even in a new house) to be sure they are sealed and dust-free.
    • Keep carpets and rugs extra clean.
    • Reduce the amount of new products you buy that emit VOC gases.  Check the labels.
  • Seven Green Ways to Charge Handheld Electronic Devices

    Everyone knows that traditional wall outlet chargers for cell phones and rechargeable electronic devices use phantom power. In other words, even when the device is not plugged in to the charger, if the charger is still plugged in to the wall, it is still using power while you are out doing your thing. Many experts advise unplugging your device chargers when not in use, but this can be inconvenient.

    At a minimum, plugging your electronic device chargers into a power strip is a good idea. When you are not charging devices, turn off the power strip to save money on electricity. Better yet, why not unplug once and for all by harnessing the free electricity provided by nature.

    There are many green ways to power your handheld, rechargeable electronic devices. Here are a few:

    • A yo-yo charger. This keen device creates electricity to charge an internal battery that is then used to charge your device.
    • A portable solar charger works great if you are at the park, on the boat or anywhere sunny. A little time in the sun will charge your device.
    • A golf club is being developed that will generate power to charge an internal battery with every swing. Once charged, the battery is used to charge your device.
    • A crank charger is very inexpensive and with a few minutes of cranking, your device will be charged.
    • Another new development is a dance charger that charges a battery while you are dancing the night away. Later, you can use the battery to charge your device.
    • A hand exerciser used for grip exercises is being transformed to a hand grip charger. A bit of grip exercises will charge your device.
    • Mini Wind Generators can easily create enough power to charge your devices.

    All of these chargers and more can be found in a brief web search. In fact, with a bit of creativity, more ideas can emerge to offer new charging options for your electronic devices. Since so much of our lives involve the use of rechargeable devices, the most cost-efficient and environmentally responsible way to charge our devices is by harnessing the power of nature. While old-fashioned fuels and earth-threatening power plants continue to raise the cost of traditional power, the sun and wind are still free. Now that the technology to use nature’s free energy is readily available and increasingly more affordable, how can we afford not to make the switch?

  • PC Power Consumption, Facts

    More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wasted because many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we’re not using them. If we could just improve the efficiency of how we use our PCs, the savings in energy costs would be over $3 billion! The CO2 emissions from just 15 computers are equivalent in energy terms to the gas consumption used by one car.

    A barrel of oil contains 42 gallons and produces an average 556 kilowatt hours of electrical power. Now consider your computer. A good spec PC can use up to 200 watts per hour. If you have a CRT monitor, it adds a further 80 watts (TFT screens use less). So your system is consuming over 1 KWh of power for every four hours of normal use. If you leave your computer on 24/7, that’s the equivalent of a whole barrel of oil every 90 days! If you optimize your computer with LocalCooling and power down when you’re not using it you could extend this to over six months!

    Remember, if you leave the PC on with just a screen saver on the CRT when you’re not using it, it’s STILL using up to 280 watts per hour of completely wasted power. Power that pumps out 1.5lbs of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere for every KWh. If left on for 24 hours that’s 9lbs of CO2 every day and 3,285lbs per year. That’s more than 1.6 tons of CO2 thrown up into the atmosphere just to keep your one single PC working.

    Now if you’re reading this at work, how many computers does your company operate every day? Do you switch them off every night or do the PCs have to run through the night? Millions of computers are left switched on 24 hours a day doing absolutely nothing for most of the time….except using CO2 emitting power. And there are more than 660,000,000 PCs in the world today, which is still less than 10% of the world’s population.

    Today’s waste of 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy every year is responsible for putting 45 billion lbs or 30 billion kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. A figure that will DOUBLE within five years if we don’t improve the power efficiency of the way we use our PCs.

    Join our LocalCooling Project today!

  • PC Power Consumption, Does it Really Matter?

    More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wasted because many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we’re not using them. If we could just improve the efficiency of how we use our PCs, the savings in energy costs would be over $3 billion dollars! The CO2 emissions from just 15 computers are equivalent in energy terms to the gas consumption used by one car. Learn More About PC Power Consumption…

    LocalCooling is a 100% Free power management tool from Uniblue Labs that allows users to optimize their energy savings in minutes and as a result reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.

    Download the 100% Free LocalCooling Application and it automatically optimizes your PC’s power consumption by using a more effective power save mode. You will be able to see your savings in real-time translated to more environmental terms such as how many trees and gallons of oil you have saved.

    Local Cooling will:

    • Cut your energy bills.
    • Reduce the amount of Greenhouse Gas CO2 emissions as a result of your reduced PC power consumption.
    • Give you full control over your power mode settings.
    • Improve your overall computing experience and efficiency.
    • Show you in detail how much you have saved since installing the software.

    Learn more about the LocalCooling Application and how it will help you save energy!

    Our goal is to introduce 100,000,000 PC users into the Local Cooling community. If just 100 million of us optimize the efficiency of our computers’ energy consumption, we could prevent over 300 billion kg of CO2 gas emissions, equivalent to over 1.8 billion gallons of oil, in just the first year alone. Take Part in Our Project to Spread the Word about LocalCooling

  • Info

    Download the 100% FREE LocalCooling Application and automatically optimize your PC’s power consumption. Join the LocalCooling project today and start fighting global warming from your desktop.

    From the Local Cooling Application you are directly presented with detailed information on how much power your PC is consuming based on a large database of hardware and in-depth research.

    By adjusting the power mode settings our advanced algorithms will predict how much you will save based on past PC usage and statistical data. Every time LocalCooling saves power by either turning of your screen, putting your hard drive to sleep when not used or shutting down your PC when you are away your savings stats will start to grow. Download LocalCooling today and optimize your PC’s energy efficiency in minutes.

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