After 30 years spent servicing Israel’s military aircraft, engineer Hugo Tour decided to redesign a car’s internal combustion engine to make it twice as efficient. Hugo Tour spent more than 30 years servicing Israel’s high profile military aircraft and helicopters – and advising the US Air Force, too – about what went wrong when military […]
Computers need resources. Whether it’s logging on at work, sending Tweets from the train station or powering big laboratory ideas, firing up all those communications devices requires juice. In the language of “green,” energy savings equal increased efficiency, and efficiency means less carbon-based pollution. Israel’s Voltaire works with the top companies in the business, such […]
In honor of Earth Day today, I’d like to talk about the important Middle East issue of saving water. One organization based in Israel called Paamonim, which I’ve wrote about here, helps Israeli families in debt avoid poverty, and among its tips offers many money-saving ideas. Saving water to save money and energy is not only […]
Israel has a new government, and this also means a new environment minister. The new one, Gilad Erdan actually sounds like he’s learned something about the environment before taking on the post. The hot news is that he has applied to Israel’s Acting Government Secretary to convene an emergency government session to discuss his demand […]
Who would think that Switzerland and Israel have anything in common? Switzerland brings to mind lush mountains, flowing streams and delicious chocolate. Israel has the well known (and personally loved) chocolad para but it doesn’t quite compare. I guess it takes a diplomat to make the connection. Monika Schmutz-Kirgöz, the Deputy Head of Mission of […]
As anyone can see from this video taken at the Eilat Energy conference in Israel last week, Leviathan Energy‘s Wind Lotus kicked in at extremely low winds of 1.6 meter/sec and at the high winds rotates competely quietly. In Hebrew the word leviathan roughly translates to a “whale” – and describes the great sea creature […]
The American economy has been flipped on its head, yet companies, authorities and investors in California know that the current financial woes can’t stop the advancement of clean technology. The future of the world depends on it. And Israel, they realize, may be a part of the solution. As a recognized leader in the industry, […]
After your kettle has boiled and you’ve emptied it, before it cools down, add some water for next time. While the kettle is still hot. This takes advantage of energy you have already used and paid for, and will help the cold tap water warm up and so save energy next time you brew.
In American colleges, being part of “Greek” culture means that you’re part of a fraternity or sorority (and, by extension, that you usually engage in lots of drinking and debauchery). In Israel, this has been lost in translation. Like, really lost. As of Friday, November 28 being part of “Greek” culture in Israel will mean […]
Use the winter cold to your advantage! We all know by now that thermal mass in the fridge is a good idea… so we have those plastic bottles filled with water and taking up space not occupied by food, right?! Well, when temps dip below freezing, put a couple outside. When they freeze, swap them […]
The best way to defrost food is in the fridge. It not only keeps the fridge cool, meaning the fridge itself will use less energy to stay cool, but often people leave food out too long with defrosting which causes their food to collect unwanted bacteria. Many other people use their microwave to defrost food. […]
Today’s book review, part of our ‘eco books review festival’, is by guest writer Gil Peled: Jerusalem-based Israeli eco-architect Gil (who trained in architecture in the wilds of deepest Scotland…), has been involved in planning and designing on the green scene in Israel for many years. His ongoing project is coordinating a Jerusalem apartment building […]
Far be it for this Green Prophet to disavow her love of the city of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv has almost everything – the beach, museums, great food, interesting architecture, a happening nightlife… But also, of course, traffic congestion, waste, pollution, an overdose of concrete, and the improper collection of rainwater, to name a few. […]
This green prophet is delighted to be in County Cork, in the truly green Republic of Eire – a place I lived in for roughly 5 years some years ago (up in the Northern wilds of County Donegal, mainly). Following on from a fellow prophet’s recent posting on the green initiatives of New Jersey, I’m […]
This week’s eco-book review is by Prophet Daniella Cheslow: Although Starbucks never made it in Israel, McDonald’s, Burger King, Puma, Crocs, Nike, Diesel, and the Coffee Bean are among the hundreds of global brands that have found eager customers among Sabras. I read Naomi Klein’s ‘NoLogo’ for some insight into the branded city of Tel […]
If you cook in bulk you will be making efficient use of your oven’s energy. Cook meals in large quantities, and set aside extra portions for another day. Professional chefs will tell you that for them cooking a meal for 6 and 60 takes almost the same prep-work. When you’re done portion and freeze it. […]
Stay tuned for our future eco-tour of Dubai, but in the meantime let’s take a look at some green goings-on in Dubai. Because we’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that very interesting things are happening over there. For starters, the Dubai government recently issued a requirement that all buildings in the emirate be constructed with […]
If you switch your oven off a few minutes before your food is ready it will stay hot enough to finish cooking the food. Also try to avoid opening the oven too often to check whether your dinner is ready by doing so you are allowing the heat to escape and your oven will have […]
We had just settled into a quiet cottage near the Dead Sea. Despite the intense heat outside our windows, we were still excited about getting out to float in the mineral-rich salty water. My friends had their swimsuits on and were just out the door. But wait a second, I said. All the lights are […]
A clean KumKum (electric water urn) is an efficient one. Keep your KumKum clean by periodically boiling equal parts water and lemon juice inside. This will extent your urn’s life and keeping it boiling happy.
Leaking electricity from electronics costs Americans millions annually. In fact about $750 million a year from leaky TVs and about $600 million a year from VCRs. To avoid the leaking of electricity, either unplug electronics when not in use, or plug them into a power strip that can be switched off.