Some house important corporate meetings; others are family homes. Some are gearing up to welcome top athletes while others open their doors to school children each day.
The northern Scandinavian landscape is dotted with fjords, lingonberries and, if you believe some locals, elves. But another sight is increasingly common on the Arctic horizon: data centers.
The alleys and archways along Rashid Street in central Tripoli were plunged in darkness this weekend, as the Libyan capital struggled to cope with widespread shortages of electricity.
Chrysler Group is recalling almost 300,000 model year 2008 minivans for a problem that could cause airbags to deploy unnecessarily.
The sweltering heat wave that has much of the United States in a stranglehold is stressing the nation's power grids to the max, according to energy officials.
The heat wave that's bearing down on more than 150 million Americans in the Midwestern and mid-Atlantic United States is also straining the nation's power grid.
The prospects for finding a job in most areas of the economy may be getting bleaker by the day, but one sector stands out: energy efficiency.
Warmer weather means relief from the high cost of heating your home. Enjoy it while you can.
An extended study of the long-term effects of exposure to defective Chinese drywall on people whose homes contained it is not necessary, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has determined.
Medical staff and parents frantically tried to enter a burning intensive care unit in a Romanian hospital to rescue 11 premature newborns, footage released Thursday by the government showed.
The managers at the Romanian hospital where four newborn babies died in a fire this week have been suspended until the investigation into the fire is completed, the Bucharest mayor said on Wednesday.
Triple-digit temperatures are roasting the Northeast. If you're trying to cool down without increasing your electricity bill, try out some of these strategies.
When does 92 degrees feel cool? The day after 100.
It's a bold and rare move for a company to sue its regulator, but no one has ever accused the Massey Energy Company of being timid.
When their kids turn 12, parents are concerned about peers pressuring them to smoke cigarettes, drink and use drugs, but it turns out 12-year-olds are doing something else: getting high on inhalants.
You know that your house needs regular upkeep in order to stay in good condition. Not only can little maintenance issues become expensive and turn into major repairs, but nowadays problems that boom-time buyers might have overlooked can be huge liabilities when it comes time to sell, says James Carey, author of "Home Maintenance for Dummies." Good thing that most crucial maintenance tasks can be done just once a year at a certain time. Read on for the right dates to mark in your calendar.
Hidden under a quaint resort 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, lies a treasure trove of potential energy that's free and available 24/7.
Have you ever walked across a hot asphalt parking lot, and, with each step, dreaded the moment you have to open the car door and climb into an oven? That hot summer sun: we love it, we hate it. But who enjoys burning their hammies, their hands, and every other body part that makes contact with a car's interior on a hot summer day? The good news is that I am the "Sultan of Cool," bearing tips to help you keep your car cool during the summer.
President Obama's "No Excuses" address to the NAACP last Thursday has already gone down as one of his classics. Obama told the organization that even if black children are more likely to face obstacles, the job of black parents is to strive for the best for them regardless.
A flight attendant is suing Boeing, alleging a faulty jet ventilation system exposed her to toxic fumes. KOMO reports.
Mexico's Institute of Social Security, which oversaw the day-care facility where 44 children died in a fire last week, removed its director in the state where the tragedy occurred, the state-run news agency Notimex reported.
It all started when mortgage rates plummeted a few months ago. I read the papers and said to myself, "You're paying 6.75% on your loan for this apartment. Rates are in the high 4% range now. You should probably refinance." Since I always listen to myself on such matters, I decided to look into it. If I had known what I was in for, I would have slapped myself silly. Instead I let the bank do it.
Car expert Tom Torbjornsen answers a letter from a auto owner:
Question 1. My air conditioner is on its last leg. If I upgrade to a more efficient unit, is there a government rebate or anything else? -- Floyd, Florida
A Florida homeowner says a doctor has told her family to move out as they grapple with health problems.
Yorelle Haroush fled a million-dollar South Florida home this week, chased out, she said, by drywall made in China that's emitting vapors that smell like rotten eggs.
The minute a lightbulb burns out in your place of business, Don Howell can tell you about it. By e-mail, that is - the tall Virginian won't show up at your office door. His company, ADMMicro, installs power metering equipment that can tell when an air conditioning filter needs to be changed or whether a freezer door has been left open.
A truck stop is an assault on the senses, especially on a hot summer day. There's the smell of diesel, the taste of exhaust fumes and the nerve-jangling, ever-present rumble of truck engines -- even when the drivers are asleep.
When she put her six-year-old Seattle, Washington, home on the market a few months ago, real estate broker Reba Haas knew darn well she needed an edge.
It looks like America may be getting a whole lot more energy-efficient as part of any new stimulus package.
It looks like America may be getting a whole lot more energy efficient as part of any new stimulus plan.
No one wants melting ice cream. Nor do we want melting polar ice caps. The trouble is, keeping our ice cream cold warms the planet because powerful greenhouse gases are used in most refrigerators and freezers in the U.S.
Republicans on Saturday blocked the Senate from considering a bill next week that would nearly double federal aid to help the poor pay heating bills
It's that time again, when you turn on the A/C to chill out from the summer heat and all you get is hot air!
Cut your energy bills by squeezing another year or more out of the things you own and postponing the day you have to replace them. Here are top tips on what you need to know.
Bud Offermann's targets are invisible contaminants, like dust mites, mold spores, or volatile organic compounds, that homeowners worry might be damaging their health.
Solving the energy crisis requires sacrifice. For the good of the country, we should be sweating
Little things like switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs and turning the heating down in our homes sounds so easy, but how many of us do make those small changes, and others like them, that together can make a much bigger difference to avoid climate change and protect the environment?
Consumer Reports' Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman tells CNN's Gerri Willis how you can trim energy costs this summer.
Nothing in your house affects your comfort more than your heating and cooling systems.
Here are some frequently asked automotive questions put to expert Tom Torbjornsen.
Nobody thinks much about air conditioning this time of year. Heck, depending on where you live, your heat may already be on for the season and your flannel pajamas pulled out of storage.
The scenes from the California wildfires are horrifying enough, with windblown walls of flames destroying homes and buildings in their path, but health experts say the smoke can be even more dangerous.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta explains smoke inhalation and its effects on people living near the fires in southern California.
Ready to take advantage of the federal government? You have until December 31. That's when Washington puts the kibosh on consumer tax credits of up to $500 for energy-saving products such as high-efficiency furnaces, water heaters, windows and insulation.
No, it's not your imagination -- it definitely is getting hotter. The eight warmest years on record occurred over the past decade. But staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running day and night.
Temperatures reaching the 120s left millions holed up indoors Friday and made leaders in the West nervous about the strain on their cities' electric grids.
Record heat, drought spreading
As the summer swelters on, skyscrapers and apartments around the city will crank up air conditioners and push the city's power grid to the limit -- but some have found a cool alternative
Heat wave in California
With the hot summer approaching and ever more air conditioners and other consumer electronic devices straining the nation's already burdened power system, utilities are scrambling to get customers to use less.
French Polynesia remains the undisputed capital of overwater escapes, where $700 is the typical starting price for a hut poised on stilts in a tranquil, aquamarine lagoon. But resorts exist that are both far more affordable than Bora Bora and still within belly-flopping distance of the water.
Not so long ago the scene inside Room 406 of the U.S. Senate's Dirksen building would have been inconceivable. There, on a mid-February morning, sat top executives of three old-economy behemoths - ...
Brown Abrams had a problem. His company, FiberLok, based in Fort Collins, Colo., manufactures an advanced 3-D textile used as logo material on uniforms, baseball caps and the like. Clients couldn't...
Jason and Kelly Joseph don't drive a hybrid car. They don't shop exclusively in the natural foods aisle. And they don't lose sleep worrying about global warming.
Here's some good news about energy conservation: Americans are a lot more efficient than we used to be.
Businesses across the country are facing a big question this week: Will the heat wave sweeping the nation help or hurt their sales figures?
My grandpa co-signed $60,000 in student loans for a relative. My relative is in default. The collection agency is now calling my grandpa. Can they put a lien on his house or threaten garnishment? He is retired living on Social Security. -- Mike
Temperatures are hitting triple digits. And if you're one of those people sizzling in this heat wave, 5 Tips is going to show you how you can cool your home for less.
It's the first day of summer - are you set to stay comfortable as we enter the dog days? If not, today's Five Tips can help.
Termites. water leaks. fire hazards. They're all out to turn your biggest asset into a money pit. But home upkeep needn't swallow your weekends and lay waste to your savings. "Do the maintenance in small doses and you'll avoid the big problems later," says David MacLellan, author of The National Home Maintenance Manual.
Once the flood waters recede, mold spores take hold. In fact, even just a small amount of moisture could be endangering the heath of your family.
As the temperature rises and sweat trickles down your back, it's nice to think about escaping the blaring rays of sun by slipping into an air-conditioned room.
It is a hot and humid mid-summer's day in Hong Kong, with the temperatures hitting 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit), but my toes, ankles and legs are freezing and my shawl is barely keeping me warm.
Nothing in your house affects your comfort more than your heating and cooling systems. Yet unless the heater conks out during a blizzard or the air-conditioning goes on the fritz in the middle of a heat wave, most of us pretty much ignore our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment.
As the price of a barrel of crude hovers around $50, homeowners may be worrying about the impact of soaring oil prices on their heating bills this winter.
Japanese shares closed higher Friday, recovering from five-week closing lows the previous day, on views that recent price declines had partly factored in political instability that could follow this weekend's election in Japan.
Imagine getting home from work to be greeted by the family robot, which recognizes your voice and reminds you that you've forgotten your spouse's birthday before alerting you that the hospital has just called.
Unlike other televisions sold in the United States, the $149, 13-inch Haier Ribbit comes in a frog-shaped console, doubles as a night-light, and forces kids to answer math problems before switching...
It's one of those things you remember from growing up. Driving with my family across southern New England on the Merritt Parkway, we would pass over the Housatonic River on the singing steel bridge...
Zhang Ruimin has a plan for entering American homes. The chairman and chief executive of Chinese appliance maker Haier is intent on capturing 10% of the U.S. market for full-sized refrigerators wit...
When you watch a trial production run at International Truck & Engine Corp.'s revamped truck-building line in Springfield, Ohio, it's hard to believe you haven't stumbled into a plant for making sl...
With more than a month to go before the official start of summer, last year's record-high temperatures may be nothing but a hazy memory. But once the mercury climbs and your only redress is an over...
I'm on my way, I'm making it I've got to make it show, yeah So much larger than life I'm going to watch it growing. --Peter Gabriel
Amid the armies of experts on law, economics, and technology who have been drawn into the battle over Microsoft's future, Bob Dole is a bit like Waldo in the Sunday comics: out of place and easy to...
Courtland L. Logue of Austin, Texas, just can't help himself. It's a compulsion with him: He loves to start new businesses. While most entrepreneurs might start one or two, maybe even three, enterp...
IT'S A FEW MINUTES before the morning shift at a Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. semiconductor plant. Workers are shuffling toward locker rooms to don ''bunny suits'' and other sanitized apparel...
EMMANUEL KAMPOURIS, the Egyptian-born CEO of American Standard, studies the Bible not just for moral lessons, but for management guidance too. His idol is the redoubtable Nehemiah, who in 445 B.C. ...
Back in the early '70s, OPEC's oil shocks made energy conservation all the rage. But now, President Clinton's proposed $22-billion-a-year BTU energy tax -- virtually certain to pass Congress -- has...
-- WATSCO Watsco thrives by taking the misery out of summer in the Sunbelt. The company, in Coconut Grove, Florida, is the country's largest independent distributor of central air-conditioning syst...
While it's far from proven that electromagnetic fields are harmful, a little caution can't hurt. In addition to power lines and wiring, many devices around your home or office produce fields when t...
REMEMBER that pudgy kid in the eighth grade, the one who liked to concoct bombs in his mom's kitchen? Now he's one of America's premier software designers. Or that other brat, the one who got in tr...
Effective air conditioners -- and heaters, for that matter -- turn out to be a serious challenge to automakers trying to produce an electric car the public will buy. Prototypes like the Nissan two-...
AS SOON AS the installation of new carpeting began in 1987, workers in a Washington, D.C., office building started complaining of burning in their lungs and dizziness. Within months 700 people were...
Once again, Japanese companies are taking a technology invented in the U.S. and using it to create groundbreaking consumer products. The new technology is called fuzzy logic because it enables mach...
Shortly after a geothermal energy plant began operating eight years ago within three miles of her two-bedroom home in Leilani Estates, a subdivision on the Big Island of Hawaii, Sheila Darsey began...
FEDDERS CORP. Most manufacturers worry about the economy; Fedders frets about the weather. But rain or shine, the outlook for this Peapack, New Jersey, company is hot. Domestic market share is clim...
DEEP IN THEIR HEARTS, utility men love to build generating plants. Big boilers, broad dams, tall stacks. Power for the nation. And this is the time when utilities would normally be starting a new r...
For all the progress the U.S. has made, some industries still fall far short of the Europeans and Japanese in design. Many American managers simply aren't trained to appreciate it; the subject rare...
OZONE, A VARIANT of the oxygen we breathe, is the Jekyll and Hyde of the atmosphere. At ground level, where it is a pollutant from smokestacks and tailpipes, ozone contributes to smog. But in the s...
THE SPECTER of takeovers is haunting a lot of Americans -- and not just because junk bonds might prove junk indeed or because spooked managers might cling harder to short-term concerns. Many also f...
A NEW KIND of semiconductor chip is about to work wonders on a vast assortment of products, including many standard household items. The chip is helping produce air conditioners that run without th...