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Craftsman Style Home Gets a Gold Award

This is the Far Reach House and Gold Award winner in the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Awards by the NAHB Research Center.  The program honors builders and remodelers who incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction, and marketing of their homes, and this home was built in Olympia, Washington by Scott Homes with some high-performance features to go with a traditional design.

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Switch Intros 100-Watt LED Replacement

Switch Lighting, maker of innovative liquid-cooling LEDs, recently announced the availability of a 100-watt replacement bulb that will hit commercial channels.  The color temperature is 4100 K, which is less warm than a homely incandescent and perfect for areas in need of bright white light.  Plus, this bulb uses about 80% less energy than an incandescent, or 20 watts.

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The Light Bulb as a Home Appliance

I’m sure by now you’ve read some of the political talk circulating the web as a result of a recent article by The Washington Post about the Philips LED bulb that won the L Prize and $10 million.  The contest was meant to spur lighting innovation and make LEDs more affordable, but readers noted the bulb’s unrebated MSRP of $50 and basically flipped out.

Even Energy Secretary Chu commented on the price: “Nobody expects to pay $50 for a light bulb and quite candidly, if you’re filling your house with light bulbs like that, they should be part of your will,” according to Andrew Restuccia of The Hill.

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Haiku: Most Efficient Ceiling Fan in World

Just as Nest changed the thermostat game, perhaps Haiku will change the residential ceiling fan game.  This is the “world’s most efficient ceiling fan,” the “quietest fan in the world,” and the “most sustainable” fan, according to Big Ass Fan, the company behind the new product.

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Everblue Trains New BPI Energy Auditors

*This is a sponsored post for the Everblue Training Institute.

The green homes market is growing like crazy and energy efficiency is a big aspect of this growth. Specifically, I think the energy audit is critical to helping homeowners improve the performance and comfort of existing homes, and trained professionals will play an important role going forward.  That’s why the Everblue Training Institute is providing a great resource by training professionals to obtain BPI Certification. Read more »

Basic Pharox LED Light Bulb for Under $5

Dutch-based Lemnis Lighting is hitting the LED scene with a cut-rate, basic light bulb selling for $4.95 — the Pharox 200 Blu.  It uses 5 watts, has a 2700 K color temperature, has a CRI of 85, lasts about 15,000 hours, and outputs 240 lumens.  The bulb could replace 25W incandescents and is suitable for task lights, accent lights, and other ambient illumination.

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