Smarter Living

Energy saving ideas at home

Transforming your home into an eco-friendly residence is both cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. Many new technologies created for indoor energy-saving have both functional use and artistic appeal. If you find yourself trying to choose between creative devices and ones that actually work, then compromise no longer. In today’s market, you will discover that art has finally been married with technology, permanently. One way that homeowners squander energy is through wasteful misuse of heating/cooling. Tech mogul Apple Inc. has created a solution with their Nest Learning Thermostat. It tracks your energy habits and can be adjusted and programmed both physically and remotely through… read more

Edible Packaging

MonoSol's edible packaging

Can you imagine eating your hot chocolate package? This is the wave of the future to replace the constant buildup of single serving packaged items in our landfills. With everyone on the go, single serving items are popular but are one of the largest known issues in pollution. There is roughly 80 tons of packaging waste added to U.S. landfills each year. Do we really need a box and then additional packaging? MonoSol, a company based in Indiana, are working on the technology to remove the additional wrapping with water soluble wrappers. Presently, MonoSol is already in the market with laundry… read more

Next Generation Lighting

Switch Lighting's energy saving bulbs

Electric bulbs have been a part of human lifestyle ever since electricity invaded our lives. Evolved from Humphrey Davy’s electric arc and Edison’s filament, bulbs went through various transitions through the revolution in the silicon industry. The manufacturers focused on making brighter electric bulbs with commercial motives but only during the late 90s, the awareness about the environmental problem these incandescent lamps cause became a hot issue as the story of global warming also went viral. Just like the display industry, the lamp manufacturers also took advantage of small chips which can do more work with less energy and this… read more

Green Phones – The Future

Self-charging-mobile-phone

In the digital era cellphones have become as mandatory for humans as air. In any part of the world the least power consuming home appliance is the cellphone charger which powers the cellphone’s battery.  The average power consumed by a cellphone when charging its battery is 26watts but with 6 billion people living on the planet and with 5 billion (and counting) mobile phones registered with all networks, the total power consumption will be jaw-dropping and become a very serious problem like global warming.   So, in an effort to reduce power consumption, scientists are constantly researching to automate the… read more

Flying Wind Farms

Flying wind farms

Can you imagine a balloon fitted with turbines and long tubes flying at over 30,000 feet in the air? This just might be the wave of the future in wind energy. According to NASA , at 30,000 feet turbines can tap into the jet stream which could conduct 20,000 to 40,000 watts per meter of energy. This is an abundance more than the normal 500 watts in which ground turbines can produce. Flying wind farms additionally can be reeled in during storms and will take up less space than the normal ground turbines. There are several ideas for the structure… read more

Hybrid vs Hydrogen

Hybrid vs Hydrogen

The problem with hybrid is simple, it still uses gasoline.  However, hydrogen cell vehicles do not use gasoline, they are fueled by hydrogen. So the question is why we are not using this technology at the pump. Actually the answer to that is they are. California is equipped with many stations that help fuel Honda’s FCX Clarity. It is a zero emissions hydrogen powered sedan. The hydrogen tank stores the hydrogen, the V Flow cell stack then generates the electricity in which the lithium-ion battery stores the electricity. Then the PDU (power drive unit) governs the electrical flow and the… read more

Zipcar for scooters

Scoot Networks

A startup called Scoot Networks has launched a Zipcar-style sharing network for electric scooters. The company is a graduate of the Greenstart accelerator program which is focused on incubating startups in the intersection of green and IT. Scoot Networks is building a fleet of smart-phone-enabled, 30 MPH (50 km/h), electric, Vespa-style scooters offered in a convenient, bicycle sharing-type system. They will be available on-demand throughout major cities and priced competitively with taxis and public transit. Shared electric motor-scooters have the optimal combination of speed, cost, convenience, and sustainability for the BILLIONS of intra-urban trips that take place every day in… read more

Best new electric bike

e-bike

Get to the office grease and sweat free on a lightweight, folding electric bike

Solar Power In 2013

Solar Power in 2013

2012 was a good year for solar powered gadgets, solar panels, and other sustainable energy methods. The all-electric Tesla Model S car debuted, several major corporations adopted solar energy for their buildings, and green tech saw a giant leap in popularity. According to CEO Lynn Jurich of Sunrun, a solar power installation company, 2013 will have twice as big an impact on eco-tech than this past year displayed. Approximately 92% of Americans agree that developing and using solar power is necessary for alternative energy growth, and have voiced their opinions through blogs, television, and letters to congressmen. Companies in the solar… read more