ecobee: A Smart Thermostat You Control Anytime, Anywhere

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Intuitive thermostat and remote app work together for ultimate efficiency.

Have you ever left your home for a relaxing summer vacation… then suddenly realized you left your air conditioner running full-tilt? With ecobee, you don’t have to worry about the energy and money you’re wasting cooling an empty home while you’re trying to relax at the cottage.

The ecobee thermostat features an intuitive and easy-to-read interface, including a full-color touch screen. Like many digital thermostats, ecobee is fully programmable. You can also change your settings remotely from your personal ecobee web portal, smart phone or tablet.

ecobee also improves your HVAC efficiency. Using algorithms that account for factors like weather, the size of your home, number of occupants, and the type of heating and cooling systems, the ecobee system maximizes energy efficiency. The system can also alert you to potential problems, like plummeting temperatures that could cause frozen pipes, or high humidity that can spur the growth of mildew in your home.

To order an ecobee system online, or find a local retailer, visit https://www.ecobee.com/buy/where/.

Liberty Power to Supply Renewable Energy Certificates to National Minority Supplier Development Council Event

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – October 25, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, announced today that it will donate Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match 100 percent of the estimated electricity consumption at the 2013 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Fair.

The NMSDC Conference is the organization’s signature event and is recognized as the largest national business opportunity fair of its kind. Nearly 7,000 corporate executives, minority business owners and government officials are expected to attend and engage in workshops, leadership training, and networking.

The NMSDC Conference is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 27 through Wednesday, October 30 in San Antonio, Texas. Liberty Power will supply enough RECs from Texas wind facilities to match the estimated usage for the four-day event’s venue, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The donation of RECs will offset nearly 600,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide (CO2).  According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator, this is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions associated with consuming over 30,000 gallons of gasoline.

“It is our privilege to support the NMSDC’s commitment to sustainability through the donation of RECs sourced from Texas-generated wind power. This effort will offset the electricity usage of this year’s conference,” said David Hernandez, co-founder and CEO of Liberty Power.

Liberty Power was first certified by the Southern Florida Minority Development Council and currently has reciprocal agreements with 10 additional regional councils. Liberty Power has also been a Corporate Plus® member in good standing since 2009.

“Year after year, Liberty Power has proven to be a committed supporter of the NMSDC,” said NMSDC President Joset Wright-Lacy. “This year, they’ve extended their generosity to make our conference ‘green’ and help to lessen our carbon footprint. We appreciate the donation of the renewable energy certificates as part of our sustainability efforts.”

About Liberty Power

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2013 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC, whose subsidiaries are certified and licensed to provide retail electric service by the PUC / PSC of CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.

About National Minority Supplier Development Council

The National Minority Supplier Development Council is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations. NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procure­ment and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and regional councils across the country. There are 1,700 corporate members through­out the network, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses with member corpo­rations that want to purchase their products, services and solutions. www.nmsdc.org

Quick Tips to Improve Your Car’s Gas Mileage While Reducing Harmful Emissions

Driving can be a stress reliever for some, but can also be the cause of stress for others. Since transportation accounts for over 70% of oil use in the United States, why not attempt to reduce everyone’s stress level ­­­– including the environment’s.

Here are a few tips to improve your gas mileage and reduce harmful emissions:

  1. Avoid idling. Allow up to 30 seconds in the winter to warm up the engine. Anything over that wastes fuel and increases emissions. Cars warm up simply by driving them.
  2. Avoid aggressive driving. Don’t speed! Accelerate at a normal pace and don’t brake hard on purpose.
  3. Avoid keeping heavy items in your car. The more weight in the car, the more gas needed to power the car to move.
  4. Place items inside the car. Drag can be created by placing items on the roof rack, which can increase fuel economy.
  5. Combine errands. Driving back and forth several times per week utilizes much more gas than making one long trip.
  6. Look into carpooling or public transportation. Not using your car is a no brainer for saving on gas.

Your car will thank you, your wallet will thank you, the environment will thank you, and your neighbor might even thank you. Now, go enjoy the ride!

 

Source: Energy.gov

Green Technology – 3 Advancements That Could Change Everything

The internet took the world by storm and scientists are predicting the same fate for green technology. People are becoming more educated on the effects their actions have on our planet and are looking for ways to protect it. Reducing carbon emissions and wastes are at the top of the list and the following three innovations are sure to be game changers.

  1. Green Concrete. Traditional concrete is made of carbon-emitting limestone, whereas green concrete is made of non-carbonate magnesium oxides. It absorbs the carbon dioxide and as a bonus, it’s recyclable.
  2. Bamboo Laptops. Electronics contribute quite a bit of toxic waste to the planet in the form of e-waste. Bamboo laptops can be the solution to slowing this pile up. Made of biodegradable bamboo, which is also the fastest growing plant in the world, these laptops certainly don’t lack in performance either.
  3. Underwater Kites. Just as its title implies, underwater kites are literally kites affixed to the ocean floor that can generate tidal energy from turbines attached to them. They harness the power of the tides underwater.

We’re on the verge of a green phenomenon. Hold on to your seats, it’s going to be a whirlwind of innovations.

Source: Greener Ideal

Liberty Power’s CEO Named “Businessman of the Year” by U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – October 4, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced co-founder and CEO, David Hernandez, received the 2013 Businessman of the Year Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Hernandez accepted his award during the closing gala at the 34th Annual USHCC National Convention which took place September 15 – 17 in Chicago, Illinois.

“I’m honored to accept this award; it’s a validation of all the tremendous work we do at Liberty Power,” said David Hernandez, CEO and co-founder. “The USHCC is a first class organization; we look forward to continuing to support their mission of promoting the success of Hispanic businesses nationwide.”
The USHCC Businessman of the Year Award is presented annually to the Hispanic businessperson who has achieved excellence in the business world and exhibited exceptional leadership. The national award winners are among a list of exemplary applicants from across the country and chosen by an independent panel of judges from the public and private sector.

Mr. Hernandez co-founded Liberty Power in 2001 and has guided the company on a consistent path of growth and advancement. The company is currently the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the country, operating in more than 50 utility service territories. Last year, Liberty Power had annual revenues exceeding $710M.
During his acceptance speech, Mr. Hernandez highlighted a commitment made by Liberty Power to the USHCC Foundation in 2012 about supporting the education of America’s youth. In 2013, the first-ever Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program was created and three college students were awarded a total of $20,000 to help in their pursuit of a career in energy and the environment.

“I recognize now, more than ever, the future of this great country is rooted in the capabilities and success of our children,” said Mr. Hernandez. “Liberty Power and the USHCC recognize that education is a fundamental tool for this success. Together, we established the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program as our contribution to paying it forward to the next generation. We hope this chain of giving back lives on and benefits many.”

This is not the first time Mr. Hernandez has been recognized in the business sector. He also received the Hispanic Business Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 as well as the USHCC Businessman of the Year Award for the southeast region of the U.S. in 2006. Mr. Hernandez was also an Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the state of Florida in 2010 and 2013.
About Liberty Power
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2013 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service.
For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC, whose subsidiaries are certified and licensed to provide retail electric service by the PUC / PSC of CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.1 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.

Energy-Efficient Smart Glass in the Works to Replace Curtains

For the typical daydreamer, being able to peer through the window is a must! However, due to climate conditions, there may be window treatments that prevent these dreamers from doing what they do best. Curtains, blinds, shutters, they’re all impediments.

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and the Autonomous University of Barcelona could soon change this. They’ve created a “Smart Glass” that doesn’t need curtains to keep heat inside during those cold winter months and doesn’t need blinds to keep the heat out during those steamy summer months. Talk about energy efficiency.

Normal glass windows are made of silicone dioxide mixed with sodium oxide, magnesia, lime, and alumina. This smart glass is made of niobate, which is a compound fusing indium and oxygen, mixed with nanometer sized crystals of indium tin oxide. That’s the same stuff used in touch screens to register finger contact.

Once complete, the glass can change from opaque to transparent and be adjusted for different wavelengths of light. Think of the energy savings! Better yet, think of all the money you’ll save on window treatments! Smart glass keeps the heat in or out depending on need, which also translates into energy efficiency savings! Although it’s still being tested and improved upon, this smart glass definitely has a ‘bright’ future ahead.

 

 

Source: MNN

Green Workouts: Wear Green, Be Green

So you made a New Year’s resolution back in January, but it’s now September… have you fulfilled it? Chances are, probably not. If it had anything to do with working out or going green, though, read on to find out how you can kill two birds with one stone:

  1. Try to exercise outside as much as possible. You’ll get a much better workout by utilizing more muscles than when at the gym, but you’ll also be saving energy at the same time.
  2. If you belong to a gym or health club, encourage more green tactics. Recycling bins, eco-friendly upgrades, lessening the towel usage; the options are endless.
  3. If you have gym buddies, car pool to the gym. You’ll get to pump each other up before and after, all while saving the environment from more vehicle pollution.
  4. Purchase workout gear made of eco-friendly products, such as organic cotton or bamboo threads. You can even go as far as using second hand work bikes and weights.
  5. Avoid buying one time use plastic water bottles. Eco-friendly reusable water bottles can be found in almost any convenience store along with water filters.
  6. Be creative when it comes to working out. Yard work just might be the trick to help you burn off some calories.
  7. Have a battery or generator? Hook it up to a stationary bike and pedal away. You’ll be able to recharge these items in no time, all while working your muscles.
  8. When your shoes give out, recycle them! Look for local facilities that will accept them and turn them into basketballs, tennis courts, etc.

Don’t let another year go by plagued by a failed resolution. Kick your energy levels into high gear and start working out the green way!

Winners of the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program Announced

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – September 19, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship program. The scholarship – a result of a collaborative effort between Liberty Power and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation – awarded three college students a total of $20,000 at the USHCC National Convention which took place September 15 – 17 in Chicago, Illinois.

“Liberty Power’s devotion to our nation’s foremost duty – preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future – is commendable, and we are honored to partner with them in this endeavor,” said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board.

The Bright Horizons Scholarship was geared towards eligible college students pursuing an education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with an interest in pursuing a career in energy or the environment. A selection committee comprised of business leaders and policymakers within the energy industry selected one grand prize winner to receive a $10,000 scholarship and two runners-up to each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The three winners were honored by David Hernandez, co-founder and CEO of Liberty Power, and the USHCC during the annual convention’s closing gala on September 17.

“I was very impressed with our first-ever group of Bright Horizons Scholarship winners; it has been a privilege spending time with them. It is very rewarding to know Liberty Power is helping them prepare for their future,” said Mr. Hernandez. “We are delighted to partner with the USHCC Foundation as we continue to support bright young minds pursue their educational goals.”

The $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Tatiana Narvaez, who is earning her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Rice University.

 

“I am honored to be a recipient of Liberty Power’s Bright Horizons Scholarship mostly because I can be a role model to other Hispanic women pursuing careers in engineering,” said Ms. Narvaez. “This award not only gives me a sense of accomplishment for all my hard work but it also helps me continue my goal in providing the future’s energy as well as protecting the environment, and for that I am thankful,” she added.

The two $5,000 scholarships were awarded to Jonathan Taylor Fairey, an undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in industrial and systems engineering, and Lawrence Valverde, who is earning his doctorate degree in materials science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I felt both very honored and thrilled when I found out that I was awarded this scholarship. I’ve always been intrigued by energy and how it is generated and transmitted and how it affects the environment,” said Mr. Fairey. “With the support of this scholarship, I look forward to continuing my education and pursuing a career in energy.”

“Receiving the Bright Horizons Scholarship carries great meaning for me. As a young Hispanic pursuing graduate study in a STEM field, I hope to inspire and provide confidence to my younger peers to pursue careers in STEM as well,” said Mr. Valverde.

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.ushcc.com.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

INSIDE ENERGY Brings You Global Innovation in Action

Designed by global energy company Shell, INSIDE ENERGY is a one-stop app for anyone interested in the latest news on energy and innovation from around the world.

The app is organized into six categories:
Latest Stories features breaking energy innovation news
Smarter Mobility includes stories on innovation in all forms of transportation
Innovative Thinking is all about new ideas in action
Meeting Demand explores solutions to meet the growing global demand for energy
Energy Efficiency includes updates on efforts to reduce waste at every step, from the generating station to the end-user
People and Planet focuses on advanced technologies that will help create energy in the cleanest way possible

Because Shell is a truly global company, they are able to bring together innovation updates from around the globe. This is a great app for high-school age students who want to learn more about the growing field of energy innovation or anyone who wants to know more about global ideas in action.

View the demo at http://www.shell.com/global/future-energy/inside-energy.html.

To download the free app, visit the iTunes store and search for “Inside Energy.”

Calling all dessert lovers! Flan recipe

Calling all dessert lovers! A great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month is with some delicious flan. Below is the recipe to this sweet custard treat!

 

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
3eggs
(14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in color. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.

 

 

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