Articles - November, 2010

Prevent Plug Load Waste with Modlet

Modlet-thinkeco-outlet ThinkEco just announced that it's taking orders from business clients for its flagship product called the Modlet, which is short for modern outlet.  Modlet is a smart outlet that monitors power usage and disconnects from the power to save energy when the plugged-in gadget isn't in use. 

In other words, Modlet was designed to help reduce and prevent plug-load electricity waste.  The smart outlet requires no time to install and a network of Modlets can be monitored for real-time consumption data, according to ThinkEco. 

ThinkEco says companies that install Modlets site-wide can achieve reductions of anywhere from 35-80% in power consumed by each plugged-in device, resulting in up to a 10% reduction in overall electricity costs. 

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Roof Made with Adaptive Reuse Records

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Nashville-based musician Matt Glassmeyer sent us photos of this adaptive use roof built with unplayable old vinyl records.  Glassmeyer said in an email that he used his own collection and records collected via Craigslist.  After designing the patio roof, he put a dab of caulk in the record hole and nailed each disc down in an overlapping pattern using large washers and roofing nails.  And there's been no leakage even in heavy rains or melted records because the roof is not directly exposed to sunlight.  How about that!

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Sierra Bonita Solar Housing in California

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Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Sierra Bonita, an affordable housing development in West Hollywood, is the facade-integrated solar array that powers most of the peak load electricity demand for the common areas.  The building also has a solar-powered hot water heating system, but beneath the clearly visible green technology is a modern building with apartments fully adaptable for its disabled residents.

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Austonian Earns 4-Star Green Rating

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There’s a lot of green building in Austin, but it’s not all single family.  This luxury residential high-rise, The Austonian, recently received a Four Star rating (which is about the same as LEED Gold) from Austin Energy Green Building.  The building sits on less than three quarters of an acre and was built with enough room for 166 luxury family homes.

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Audits, Loans, and a Home Energy Score

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Today Joe Biden and the Obama Administration unveiled a new program with low-cost energy audits, federally-insured PowerSaver loans, and a new Home Energy Score, according to Wendy Koch of the USA Today.  Details of the program are available now at HomeEnergyScore.gov, which includes an interactive graphic explaining the new score based on a 1 to 10 scale.

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Boosting Ecological Savings with a Box

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Sally Kuchar, editor of Curbed SF, noticed these Boost Boxes at the Green Festival in San Francisco the other weekend.  The company that makes them, Boost Home, put a lot of work into making dead-simple, unintimidating boxes to help people increase their energy, water, and money savings.  Boxes include products, instructions, audit information, and other goodies.  Check out a few:

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