Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Frack Free Reasons, Tiny House Thesis, Simple Affordable Homes, LEED-Built Homes

Reasons to be frack free (scroll down).
KISS principle makes for less costly homes.
Energy Star is the standard for some appliances.
In California, taking the LEED on building green homes.
How to save energy without sacrificing comfort.
Prefab homes that are affordable .
A tiny house for Master’s thesis.

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By |October 20th, 2012|Week in Review|0 Comments

A DIY Portable Plug-in EV Charging Station

When you’re generating a surplus of energy — similar to these solar-powered homeowners — having a sporty electrical vehicle seems to make sense.  EVs and plug-in hybrids are becoming more popular, and I’ve seen all sorts of garage products for charging them.  Perhaps one of the more interesting models of late is this EVSE-RS Plug-in charging station by AeroVironment.  The portable, DIY charger just needs a dedicated 240-volt service and the station can be mounted and installed in a pinch.

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By |October 18th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|2 Comments

Fireclay Intros Runway Collection Eco-Tile

California-based Fireclay Tile today announced a new collaboration with designer Kelly LaPlante to create a line of eco-friendly tile.  The Runway Collection has four custom patterns inspired by fashion: Cravat, an interpretation of houndstooth, Chaine Femme, a nod to interlocking chains in jewelry and belts, Chaine Homme, a masculine version of Chaine Femme, and Corset, which is inspired by corsets and lace-ups on footwear.

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By |October 18th, 2012|Materials, Recycled|0 Comments

Toto Launches Ultra High Efficiency Toilet

Last April, I mentioned the introduction of 1G by Toto USA and now have more detail.  Toto just launched Drake II 1G throughout North America at the MSRP of $580.  To be clear, this isn’t like the dual-flush Maris or others you may have seen elsewhere.  The two-piece, ADA-compliant, WaterSense-compliant toilet uses a mere 1.0 gallons with each flush using two jets and a Double Cyclone system to clear waste.  There is no pressure assist in the Drake II 1G; it’s a gravity-fed flushing system with a “quiet flush every time.”

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By |October 18th, 2012|Products, Water Efficiency|1 Comment

Toto Intros Modern Dual-Flush Maris Toilets

Toto USA has released two new models of dual-flush, high-efficiency toilets in the Maris suite. They have wall-hung (starting at $450, not including the in-wall tank) and two-piece (starting at $850) models featuring a current style that pays tribute to mid-century modern design. Push for a light flush of 0.9 GPF or pull for a full flush of 1.28 GPF on these ADA-compliant, WaterSense-compliant commodes. Toto says homeowners won’t have to worry about cleaning every solid stop either — a common complaint with some dual-flush toilets — because the SanaGloss-coated, cyclone-inspired flush system “spins away debris, matter, and bacteria, which reduces the time needed to clean the unit.”

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By |October 17th, 2012|Products, Water Efficiency|4 Comments

In2ition Dual Shower Head Giveaway!

Delta Faucet just announced their In2ition two-in-one shower now features H20kinetic technology. Already a super-clever concept (Is it a shower head? Is it a handheld? Yes!), the In2ition now gives users tons of flexibility, a great showering experience and off-the-charts water savings. Read on to learn more about this breakthrough technology and how you just might get your own In2ition for free!

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By |October 17th, 2012|Giveaways, Technology|45 Comments