Articles - June, 2011

MyGen Bundled US-Made Solar by Kyocera

Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the availability of bundles for people looking to enter the solar market.  Called MyGen, the solar kits are made in America for residential and light commercial projects and come with all major PV system components, disconnects, and grounding equipment required to start generating electricity.

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Crush: 100% Recycled Content Glass Tile

Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of Express and Debris tile, recently introduced a new line of 100% recycled-content, glass tile called Crush. Fireclay acquired the technology to make Crush from Sandhill Industries (Idaho) and now makes the eco-friendly product in California with locally-sourced, pre-consumer window glass. Crush is available in gloss or matte finishes in 40 colors and 17 sizes.  In addition, it’s fit for both residential and commercial applications and may contribute to various LEED credits.

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Venture Lighting, HERS Calculations, Ecological Inspiration, + Tiny for Two

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Certified Homes Yield a Price Premium

In 2007, the Portland Regional Multiple Listing Service (“RMLS”) began tracking sales of homes with a green certification such as Energy Star, LEED for Homes, or Earth Advantage New Homes. The Earth Advantage Institute, an Oregon-based non-profit doing work in the green building sector, annually reviews this information in order to glean home valuation trends.

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Eames Lounge More Attainable This Week

While running this site, we get access to deals every now and then.  I figure some of you may want to know about these, so we’ll try to share the related ones and links with “[$]” will indicate that purchases may benefit Jetson Green.

For example, All Modern is selling Herman Miller pieces for 15% off with free shipping [$] through June 13.  This includes the iconic Eames Lounge and Ottoman (pictured), which I’d love to purchase in duplicate someday to pass on to my sons.

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EcoFactor Cuts Home Energy Use by 17%

EcoFactor is a company that you may begin to hear about in your neck of the woods.  Today, they announced the results of several pilots and deployments of a personalized, SaaS-based solution for managing residential energy use.  The results: households using EcoFactor saved an average of about 17% per month on energy and up to $56 per month in energy costs.

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