TAG: Energy saving

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

From architect Robert Harvey Oshatz, the Wilkinson Residence is a uniquely designed space. The construction was completed over a decade ago, but this refuse-to-be-a-ranch-style home still deserves attention. An original presentation, the home is nestled into a slope which accentuates the outdoor backdrop. A nod to a tree house, the primary living area looks out to a treetop lined skyscape. Made to blend in with the surrounding landscape, the structure was formed with natural woods, copper plated framing and glass. The substantial use of glass all through is used to reflect much of the direct sunlight, adding to the internal… read more

A Modern Day Fortress

A Modern Day Fortress

A sign of the times, this home was constructed with security and fortitude in mind. Dubbed the Safe House, this design from Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes is a surprising structure. The clients requested a home with optimal security features and wanted a unique safe haven from intrusions in its neighborhood near Warsaw, Poland. However, they also wanted an inviting family home that could be connected to the outdoors whenever desired. Enter the idea for the Safe House – and options galore. When open, the home has access to the blue sky and outdoor views. When closed up and in… read more

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

It’s Always Cloudy At This House

It's Always Cloudy At This House

Located in Melbourne, Australia an addition to a 100 year old existing home is a unique design, to say the least. The architectural firm McBride Charles Ryan is behind the eye-catching Cloud House. The built on portion is a stark contrast from the existing traditional house, which greets the street with a classical white, Edwardian style. The view in the back, however, is anything but ordinary. Rolling into the backyard, the cloud structure creates a living space quite like no other. The huge cloud shaped glass window intensifies the effect and adds to the airy, open feeling. Almost as if on… read more

A Green Future

A Green Future

Often times, we wonder why it can be so difficult convincing people that going green is a necessary route for the future sustainability of our planet. It almost feels like pulling hair just to get friends and family to see the same way we do. Why would somebody want to keep paying their electric bill when they can install a home automation system or even solar panels to save on costs? And if people realized that purchasing an all-electric or hybrid vehicle has nearly the same cost as a traditional gas-powered car, wouldn’t they seek that alternative option? It’s one… read more

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible fashions offer more ways to wear an item and can add both utilitarian and fun elements to a wardrobe. Several designers wanting to offer their customers versatile pieces in addition to ecofriendly choices in fabrics are adopting the conventional convertible dress and giving it an ecological makeover. Here are a few examples of adaptable clothing options and how they can be recreated in different looks. This 5 in 1 dress from Thieves Boutique offers a multifaceted style that even allows sleeves to be worn several different ways. Watch the demo and learn how the dress can be effortlessly changed around: The… read more

Are Rechargeable Batteries Worth It?

Rechargeable Battery

When it comes to batteries, one can never tell how much juice is left in the tank before it dies, which usually occurs at crucial moments. Our usual solution is to take a trip to Walmart and pick up a pack of rechargeable batteries. However, without careful research you might not realize that some of these supposed “energy-saving” batteries are barely a step up from the traditional kind. Whatever type of battery you need, there is most likely a rechargeable alternative, which saves you money and headaches, not to mention lightens the burden on our nation’s landfills. Some of them… read more

App Translates Energy Use into Wasted Money

What's On?

Sometimes, all you need in order to change your behavior is to have a different perspective on it, and this new app wants to do that with your relationship with energy. Because electricity use is sort of invisible (except for the bill you get every month), it can be hard to visualize wasteful home energy habits, which not only use precious resources and produce pollution, but also cost money. Helping users track and understand their own electricity consumption is the aim of What’s On, an app currently in development. The app presents checklists to the users (with common values pre-set)… read more

Wireless Mesh Network Allows for Remote Home Automation

TotalSync

A new smartphone and web app will let users control their home, pool, or spa, wherever they are, using a wireless mesh “Z-Wave” network of devices. Homeowners can connect with their smart home from anywhere they have access to the internet access, enabling remote video of their property, access to the security system, and total control over all of the connected devices. With the growing demand for home automation, apps and devices that can deliver a total solution that’s simple, powerful, and affordable will allow for more entry-level smart home installations, which can lead to better and more efficient use… read more

The Ecobutton

Ecobutton Lite

Many new computers come pre-equipped with an “eco-button” that regulates your computer’s energy usage when not employed. Rather than fiddling around with the settings, you can simply press this button when you leave your workstation for convenience and peace of mind. It can put your computer to sleep, lower the backlight, send it into hibernation which uses almost zero energy without completely shutting down, etc. This is great for when we are absent-minded and walk away without properly ensuring that we’ve taken care of everything. However, not all computers have this function, nor do most older laptops. Instead of spending… read more