Smart Plug Monitors and Controls Energy Consumption

Smart Plug Monitors and Controls Energy Consumption

One simple way to not only save money, but to also lower your carbon footprint, is to get a better handle on your energy consumption. Looking at your monthly utility bill can give you a ‘big picture’ look at your energy use, but it doesn’t show you which appliances are using the most energy, and when, or if those energy expenditures are wasteful or not. The coming age of the Internet of Things, and the trend of more connected gadgets, has brought us some easy to use tools that can give us precise statistics on our household energy consumption, from… read more

Using Magma To Create Energy

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As the world moves towards alternative energy in increasingly creative ways, Iceland has turned to a naturally occurring energy source the world is literally swimming in — lava. In 2009, they accidentally drilled into hot magma. Now they’ve turned that thermal into an energy plant. Check out how they’re using lava to power homes and other energy grids:

A Smarthome Device For The Eco Conscious

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This week, we’ll be highlighting our favorite eco-tech projects that have successfully received funding on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Today’s choice is the ‘Ninja Sphere‘ by Ninja Blocks. The Sphere is an extraordinarily beautiful device. It’s an upgrade from the company’s earlier Ninja Block design, which previously received its funding on Kickstarter as well. The Sphere is another entry in the growing field of smart home connectable accessories. The device connects to plug-in sensors placed around your home, which connect wirelessly to the Sphere and transmit data to your phone or computer. You can use these sensors to monitor and maintain… read more

LED Bulb Controlled By Your Smartphone

Fall In Love With LIFX

Imagine a light bulb that is energy efficient and that you can control with your iPhone or Android phone. Launched on the creative funding website Kickstarter, is a light bulb reinvention project. LIFX, which is a Wi-Fi enabled, multicolored, energy efficient light bulb, has successfully raised its funding goal and consumers eagerly wait its arrival for purchase. You can preorder on the website now. LIFX is an LED bulb that is self-contained for easy installment. There is no need to call an electrician as this bulb can easily screw in and works perfectly on its own. The LIFX can control lights by… read more

An Air Quality Egg For Community Awareness

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This week, we’ll be highlighting our favorite eco-tech projects that have successfully received funding on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Today’s choice is the ‘Air Quality Egg‘ from Sensemakers. The “egg” is a computerized air quality monitor that connects to your computer and phone wirelessly. With it, you can monitor the air quality outside your home, in a nearby park,  the outskirts of town where all the factories reside, and more. Essentially, it’s an open-sourced social network for eco-conscious individuals to share their findings with the world. The team received their full funding in the spring of 2012. You can purchase… read more

Glowing Highways Save Netherlands Money & Energy

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The Netherlands, famous for their alternative energy initiatives, announced their intent to update highway infrastructure in the country. Check it out: The glowing highways will save money on electrical wiring costs, lightbulb expenses, construction delays, etc. The highway updates are an ongoing project, expected to be completed some time in 2014 or 2015. Depending on the success of the update, other nations are likely to pick up on this strategy and begin implementations of their own. Already in the U.S., several cities have adopted smart sidewalks, while others have begun small rollouts of smart street lights.

Solar Power for a Dollar a Day

Solar Power for a Dollar a Day

Solar power for our own homes seems like an unattainable dream for many of us, as we aren’t in a position to come up with a big chunk of change to buy a solar PV array, even if it might mean that eventually, we get free electricity for life. And if we’re renters, not owners, then investing in a solar array for our home doesn’t make a lot of sense, as we’re not able to make ‘permanent’ improvements to the dwelling, when we’ll eventually just move on. But a new mobile solar power array might be the way to go,… read more

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Ventures To The U.S.

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Ventures To The U.S.

Cruising along at a maximum speed of just above 12 miles per hour, the Navia is an all-electric vehicle that runs independently. Developed by Induct Technology, the French company decided to bring the vehicle to the U.S. The future forward transportation made a debut at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada. It features an open design and sort of resembles a vamped up, larger scale version of a golf cart. The robotic traveler is made to navigate and has lasers and sensors that scan and distinguish surrounding objects. It can measure distance and supposedly can detect passengers wanting to… read more

Algae Into Crude Oil In Less Than An Hour

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The great potential for algae to be used as an alternative fuel has long been realized and researched–the trick so far has been putting it into practice. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have discovered a way to “cook” and process algae into crude oil in less than an hour. Check it out: Since studies have shown that the entire planet will run out of crude oil sometime in the mid-21st century, alternative methods of creating crude oil are necessary, since the transition to electric vehicles won’t nearly be complete by that… read more

Energy from Algae

Algae Energy

An increasingly energy thirsty world craves transportation fuels, lucrative oils to run factories, and energy to supply the astounding amount of electronic devices that are proliferating. There is a great need for a new sustainable energy resource.  Algae can contain high levels of oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins, and can be used to produce renewable fuel, animal feed, and human food. Algae is used to run electricity to homes in Arizona and shows great possibility for a future in biodiesel. Heterotrophic microalgae are grown in large fermenters using sugar or starch, similar to the corn ethanol fermentation already providing almost 10… read more