TAG: Energy efficient

The Revolutionary Future Of E-Ink

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E-Ink is a technology widely implemented and made popular by Amazon’s line of e-readers during the early 2000’s, with the Kindle Paperwhite being their latest model. The idea behind E-Ink is that computer displays can be created super cheap, super thin, and super energy-efficient (that’s a lot of “supers”!). Since the creation of computer screens, the industry has placed a major emphasis on creating “thin and light” displays. Just a couple of months ago, LG announced that they’d designed the world’s thinnest 1080p display, and at 2.2mm thin, it’s pretty incredible. Unfortunately, it’s not E-Ink, because quite frankly, the technology… read more

5 Ways To Save Money In The Kitchen

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Nowadays, finding ways to save money wherever and whenever we can isn’t a trend–it’s a basic instinct. Houses are expensive to maintain each month. On top of all the bills to pay, you have mouths to feed, unforeseen costs, and random life occurrences that convince you that God must have a twisted sense of humor (like that time the freak storm blew your brand new shingles off the roof). To make life easier, you scour the interweb for any tips you can find to keep your wallet that much heavier when payday rolls around. We understand the struggle. Here’s a… read more

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Student housing has changed a lot in the last decade. Architects and designers have made attempts to update temporary accommodations, allowing affordability, style and a mix of ecofriendly features. These student flats represent all of the above, and the amenities are interestingly packed into some fairly compact spaces. This new construction model is from the Tengbom architectural firm and is meant to be a cost efficient and sustainable use of space for student living. The layout was reduced from the size of other current student housing arrangements, and a lot of specifications had to be incorporated into a small space,… read more

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net Zero Design

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net-Zero Design

Located in Venice, California, a team of designers, architects, contractors and solar setups turned a resident remodel into a family home and office combination that is a near record breaker on the efficiency scale. Called the Yin Yang House, it has enough green features to make sustainable design lovers drool. The massive renovation was assembled from fully reused or highly recycled content and local materials. Only ethically gathered woods were used in both indoor and exterior finishes, and there was also a focus on reduced chemical usage with all surfaces. Additionally, during the building process at least 80% of the… read more

Energy Efficient Phones

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It’s that time again. Your 2-year contract with your cell service provider is about to expire, and you’re ready for an upgrade. There are literally thousands of options before you, but you don’t want just any phone, you want something built to last, and designed to save the world. These smartphones listed below were made to lower the electrical bill and limit dependence on the grid. Apple iPhone 5 – With its Energy Star Certificate, the Apple iPhone comes with a bevy of power-saving features, such as programmed intervals where it limites power usage if you’re taking a nap or… read more

Cool Roofing Designs Save Energy

Cool Roofing Designs Save Energy

As temperatures begin to rise, many assess what can be done to reduce energy costs. In looking for potential sources of energy waste, the rooftop may often be a forgotten about structure. As long as roofs are leak free and stable, sometimes not much more thought may be put into them. There are, however, modifications that can be made to roofs to make them more energy efficient. Darker roofing can clearly attract more heat, thus reducing energy savings. Cool roof designs use roofing materials that reflect light, therefore lessening heat absorption. A lighter colored covering or a white roof can… read more

Pint-Sized PCs

Pint Sized PCs

The CuBox Pro Open-Source computer, the latest in a growing line of small, energy-efficient, linux-powered computers, has recently become available for consumers to purchase. The CuBox is a tiny 2 cubic inches, and is one of the smallest “desktop” PC’s available on the market. The Linux operating system is also well-known to be an energy-efficient alternative to Windows and Mac OS. Along with its miniscule design, the CuBox also uses only 3 watts of energy. Even though it may have a small power output, the computer is great for a wide range of application-heavy projects. The specifications include an 800MHz dual… read more

Tips for a Green Computer

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In a report last year by Environmental researchers some alarming information was released. They took four laptop computers of leading brands and took an x-ray scan which revealed that those laptops had some very hazardous materials inside them. Unavoidably, the manufacturing itself involves additions of hazardous materials in order to fulfill certain customer needs such as a sleek design and an appealing look. We cannot compromise the hardware by spending money on a “Green Computer” which would be made of non-toxic recycled materials; rather we can save the power consumed when we are using the computer. There are some very simple and… read more

Electric Energy Unicycle

SBU V3 self balancing unicycle

The Self Balancing Unicycle (SBU) V3 is total precision, crafted by hand with 6061 alloy. SBU is ultra-portable and is capable of 325-lb loads. This unicycle is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery pack that offers a city ride time of up to two hours, or one can go at what’s described as a nonstop sprint for up to an hour. Its 1000-watt BLDC electric motor can propel one from 0 to 10 MPH in about three seconds, and the SBU V3 has a top speed of around 15 MPH. The SBU’s portability and weight of 27lbs makes it… read more

MOSS Office Pods

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Recently, we published a story about a company in NYC that won a competition to create updated apartment complexes in the city. Their winning design was a building created entirely out of detachable micro units. A few years ago, a similar setup, the OfficePOD, was created in the U.K. as a means to lower costs in large offices. The POD would act much like a garden shed and sit in the backyard, but instead of garden tools, the POD is full of office appliances, desks, computers, and whatever you need to work at home. In the U.K., the POD’s claim… read more