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It’s Time To Take Tesla Seriously



The Tesla Model 3 was introduced on March 30th and has already received over 325,000 deposits. Each $1000 deposit reserves purchasing rights for future owners, even though production of the Model 3 is still a year away. To understand how significant this is, consider that if each depositor actually purchases their car, this number puts the Model 3 as one of the best selling car in the US and the sales only happened over only a few days. Additionally, these deposits raised $325 million dollars and bookmark nearly $13 billion to overcome expansion challenges.

For context, the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla all sell approximately 300,000 a year and Mazda’s entire product line is around 319,000. Keep in mind, these sales numbers reflect an entire year of sales with a nationwide network of dealers, whereas the Model 3 sold (or should I say reserved) this amount in days and without the benefit of dealerships or advertising.  

These comparative numbers show that the Model 3 was revealed with great enthusiasm, but there is a much bigger picture. The excitement over this affordable electric car is sending shockwaves through the car industry, indicating that people want, not just quality electric cars, but to move away from fossil fuels.

The reason this is the obvious conclusion is because these same consumers could purchase a gas powered car of comparable quality right now, but instead chose to reserve an electric car.

What Tesla has done with it’s first few models is show the world that an electric car can be awesome. What they showed with the Model 3 is that an electric car can be awesome and affordable. This has set many of the major car companies on tilt.

Resisting the forces indicating people want to tackle emissions, most major car companies operate from an ethos established in the 50s. But the world has changed since then. Not only have people become weary of the conflicts that surround the oil economy, the truth of global warming is seeping into our consciousness. And even for the climate deniers,  there is no denying that combustion engines produce pollution and nobody can rationalize spewing more poison into the atmosphere when it is unnecessary.

Even though there has been a gradual evolution of sustainability consciousness, until recently, many people knew that pollution and climate issues existed, but there was a general feeling of impotence as nobody wanted to change their lifestyle even if it meant global demise. Well, Telsa has shown that an electric car doesn’t have to mean compromise and the enthusiasm to reserve the Model 3 as well as the sales of the Model S and Model X confirm this.

Now the other automakers are forced to pay attention. Before last week, the titans of the car industry could dismiss Tesla as niche. Today, they know that selling that many cars in that short of time and doing so without immediate gratification turns their whole model upside down. And if the car industry wants to avoid the path of the phone companies, it must adapt. Tesla is the car version of Apple. People are willing to pay a premium for conscientious, high quality products. This seems like a foreign concept to Detroit automakers. Because of this, Tesla is outthinking their competition and transforming transportation. It won’t be long before gas powered cars are seen in the same way we currently view landline telephones. Generations of young people will grow up with only the historical reference to the gas powered car. Until then, though, it will be interesting to watch the transition.


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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