If you’re trying to find small gift items for the holiday season, or just looking for an easier way to cut vampire energy, maybe check out the new Conserve Power Switch from Belkin. Selling for $6.99, the outlet insert does one big thing: it lets a homeowner control standby power at the plug and outlet level. The product can be used alone or in a pair and employs zero power in the off position. When on, it illuminates to let you know what needs to power down. The savings are small but every little bit counts.
The EPA recently published new, voluntary guidelines to help the home energy industry improve indoor air quality in conjunction with energy efficiency upgrades. Designed as a companion to the DOE’s Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals (view), the new Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades (download) include Assessment Protocols to evaluate existing conditions, Minimum Actions to be taken during upgrade activities, and Expanded Actions to promote improved occupant health.
This seems to be a busy week for LED bulb announcements. We’ve already seen a 20-watt, clear globe, filament-style bulb and a 40-watt A19 bulb that takes the shape of a standard frosted incandescent. And now, LEDO has a series of three LED bulbs — Bulled Classic, Bulled Modular, Bulled Star — that provide the 60-watt equivalent, which is on par with the typical incandescent, but these bulbs use only 11 watts.
Toshiba recently announced a new A19 LED lamp that is shaped more like an incandescent than some of the other LED bulbs we’ve seen so far, excluding perhaps Panasonic’s LED with a filament appearance. The new bulb is dimmable, available in 2700K and 4000K colors, outputs 450 lumens, and contains no lead or mercury. The 40-watt replacement uses 8.4 watts and reaches full brightness instantly.
I received an email about a “new” product that I thought I’d pass along. Tell me what you think about this far-infrared heating panel that can applied to a wall or ceiling and run through an electrical outlet. Made by Prestyl, the panel incorporates a “reliable French thin-film technology that has been used in aircraft, ships, trains, homes and public buildings overseas for nearly 16 years,” according to a company release.