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Switch to LED Lightbulbs

A new 10 watt LED lightbulb from Philips produces as much light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb. A Time Magazine "invention of the year" 2009. http://bit.ly/5G6LHU

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Solar Roof Tiles

Use solar panels shaped like convetional roofing tiles to generate power and heat. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building-integrated_photovoltaics

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Make Batteries Better

The US Joint Center for Energy Storage Research has $120 million Energy Department grant seeking to make batteries 5 times more powerful, 5 times cheaper in 5 years. Economist: http://econ.st/WhKvTz

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Tax Carbon - once you figure out how

Carbon taxes would give a huge boost to clean energy and the environment. They are hard to implement, however. Economists debate best policy / Washington Post http://wapo.st/X6T5kW

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Clean Energy Incinerators

Clean energy incinerators, which use dozens of filters to catch pollutants, are popular in Europe, but not the US. NY Times http://nyti.ms/aeTQ79

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Power Europe with Sahara Solar Plants

Covering 1% of the Sahara with solar plants - about 90,000 square kilometers - would be enough to power Europe (with enough left over to power the rest of the world).| Der Spiegel http://bit.ly/baNNmv

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Store Wind Farm Energy Underwater

A new plan by an MIT researchers foresees storing surplus energy from floating wind farms underwater. Economist.com http://bit.ly/97TtFV

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Solar Cell Windows

The inventor of solar cell windows just won the Millennium Technology Prize (the world's largest). http://bit.ly/90cz7S

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Burn Flammable Ice

Japan demonstrates how to extract gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate - a new energy source. Resources are thought to be twice as large as hydrocarbon deposits. http://nyti.ms/10BvkUR

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Eliminate Kerosene

$36 billion is spent annually on kerosene for lighting. Cheap, solar-powered lights are changing that. Economist http://econ.st/RuWA4M

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Burn Your Waste

Waste incinerators which generate electricity have improved to the point where they are environmentally friendly. Economist review: http://econ.st/LJOwGX

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Use Wood Batteries

Finnish researchers have proposed large-scale batteries partially made from lignin, a by product of paper production. Economist http://econ.st/KfBXIL

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