22 Oct '11, 3pm

Solar Reflective Paints Can Make Your Car Cooler, Cleaner : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

How? Solar reflective paints, my friend. The study comes from researchers at Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division in sunny California. They found that cars painted with solar reflective paints stay cooler in the sun and are easier to cool to a comfortable temperature. This happens because reflective coatings can decrease the "soak" temperature of the air in a car that's been left in an asphalt parking lot, for instance. Using these types of coatings on cars could allow manufacturers to install smaller air conditioners, improving fuel economy and reducing related emissions, according to Ronnen Levinson, scientist in the Heat Island Group , and lead author of the study. So what colors should you look and hope for? White, silver, and other light colors are best, reflecting about 60% of sunlight. But, dark "cool colors" that reflect primarily in the invisi...

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