Switch Intros Affordable LED Light Bulbs

A new company, Switch Lighting, just introduced some new lights that look promising.  The San Jose-based company has what it calls “the brightest warm light LED replacement available,” according to a news release, and we’ve been able to get access to a couple photos of the 75W bulb.  The Cradle to Cradle bulbs — 40W, 60W, and 75W equivalents — have a self-cooling design that maximizes brightness and requires fewer LEDs.

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By |April 20th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

Philips Unveils Edison Light Bulb Killer

Some folks are up in arms over Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, which requires about 25% more efficient light bulbs starting in January 2012.  The bi-partisan law phases out the standard Edison bulb in favor of better options like this upgraded light bulb.  The Philips EcoVantage light offers an incremental improvement over the norm with 28% energy savings, a low price, and incandescent-style light.

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By |April 20th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Numi is a Smart Luxe WaterSense Toilet

Wisconsin-based Kohler recently unveiled Numi – the company’s most advanced toilet to date — according to a press release.  Numi meets CALGreen requirements, is WaterSense certified, and has two flush alternatives with .6 and 1.28 gallons per flush.  But it also does a lot more than conserve water.

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By |April 19th, 2011|Categories: Fixtures, Water Efficiency|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Echo Delivers More than Solar PV Power

California-based EchoFirst, formerly known as PVT Solar, makes an interesting Echo solar system that I noticed locally on the Solaris homes (Style A/Style B) in Daybreak, Utah.  It’s the kind of system that could work wonders for a lot of homes because Echo delivers more than just electricity from photovoltaic panels.  Echo captures air from under the panels to provide home heating, home cooling, water heating, and fresh air ventilation.

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By |April 19th, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , |6 Comments

How Water is Wasted at Home [Graphic]

Along the same lines as the recent infographic that we mentioned on green home improvement trends, eLocal recently published a new visual on water waste.  Elocal created the graphic, “How Much Water is Your Home Wasting,” using feedback from its community of experts.  Here’s what the professionals said:

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By |April 18th, 2011|Categories: News, Water Efficiency|Tags: |13 Comments

Solar Contagion, Market NZE, Green Leadership, + Avian Friendly Design

Take the lead on sustainability.
Buildings need avian-friendly designs.
Study: solar panels found to be contagious.
Booming solar industry results in delays.
Avoiding four home remodeling mistakes.
Going green with cost savings in mind.
Making net-zero energy a reality.

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By |April 17th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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