TAG: Appliances

Power Saving Socket

Yanko Design's spring-loaded socket

Many people get warned against keeping electronic devices plugged into the power socket all the time even when they are switched off. Some care about it and unplug the device, while others leave them plugged and unbothered. The latter would not have heard the term vampire power or Standby power which refers to the power wasted by electrical and electronic devices even when they are switched off or in standby mode just by being plugged in. Even this low power matters a lot as this 100% useless power will add up cumulatively on your electricity bill. But let’s be honest,… read more

Pedalling The Laundry

Foot Powered Washing Machine

Two of the most tiring and time consuming jobs for women in developing countries are fetching water from long distances and washing clothes. Now investors have funded an eco-friendly, cheap and non-electric product for the laundry industry. GiraDora is a foot powered laundry washer that consists of a blue coloured bucket-like structure. It has a spinning mechanism which is powered by a pedal. All you have to do is to sit on the machine and simply pedal . The design being more compact and portable enables user to carry the washer wherever there is water or wherever you can drain the waste water… read more

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

Hidden Toxins in our Homes

Houseplants reduce toxins in the home

Home. As popular comedian George Carlin once said, “Home is just a place for your stuff.” This is true in a sense. But home is also, as the common saying goes “a person’s castle”. A place to eat, sleep, and dance about looking ridiculous. If home is a castle, and a place for our stuff, it should be safe and comfortable. And while locks on the doors might make it feel safe, most of us don’t know that inside our castles the air is most likely to contain four to five times the legal limit for outdoor pollutants and toxic… read more

10 Tips to a Green Home

Saving energy at home

Save Water – Turning off the taps properly, decreasing the time spent in showers and limiting your bath use are just some of the ways in which we can consume less water. Catching rain water for plants and cleaning can also save on this resource Green Products – Switching to plant based cleaning and beauty products can help the environment immensely. No harmful toxins are entering the waterways and they are better for our wellbeing Go Paperless – Transferring all your mail into electronic mail is a quick way to reduce waste in the household. Statements, newsletters and brochures can… read more

Singapore lifts green bar

Green ticks

Higher green standards for home appliances from next year