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Burt’s Bees and SSI bring light to Ilocos municipality

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It’s difficult to imagine living without electricity, especially given today’s amazing technological developments. But there are actually still some rural areas in the country where the only sources of nighttime light are the moon, kerosene lamps and wood fires. Until recently, Sitio Badang in Ilocos Sur was one such area.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

India’s love of appliances boosts power consumption

Indian people walk a narrow lane as high-voltage cables come out from an power meter at a slum in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. India suffered the worst blackouts in history this week, which left over 600 million people without power. The lights are back on, for now, but the crisis is evidence of deep problems in a sector teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for the second time in a decade. As much as 40 percent of the power generated in India is not paid for. The bulk of it is stolen. AP/Rajanish Kakade

Every evening before Indian executive Sushmita Rao leaves her Delhi office, she phones her maid to switch on the air conditioner so her apartment is refreshingly cool when she reaches home.

Posted: August 5th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Air-conditioned clothes’ help Japan beat heat

Hiroshi Ichigaya (L) president of Japanese power-saving goods venture "Kuchofuku", meaning air-conditioned clothing in Japanese, displays a jacket which has cooling fans on its back, at the company's headquarters in Toda city, suburban Tokyo. AFP PHOTO

TODA—As jackets go it looks far from fashionable, but its Japanese maker cannot meet sky-rocketing demand for “air conditioned” coats with built-in fans. Kuchofuku Co. Ltd — whose name literally means “air-conditioned clothing” — has seen orders soar amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As parts of the […]

Posted: July 19th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »