GE’s Connected Home of the Future

GE unveiled a panoply of home technology at CES this week.  The company’s taking an aggressive approach with smart green products and may just capture the heart of Americans everywhere.  If GE’s vision comes true, here’s some of what will connect the home of the future:
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By |January 8th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|4 Comments

Clean Energy, One Kilowatt at a Time

Centerbrook Architects offices from across the Mill Pond, photo by Derek Hayn

By Chad Floyd*

I would like to be able to state that I became an architect to save the planet from wasteful, polluting buildings – the built world accounts for some 40 percent of the greenhouse gases we produce – but the truth is my fondest desire was to become a thespian.  As the theater is an iffy business and my best stage feature, a lively head of hair, was rapidly waning, I turned to a more sensible alternative: architecture school.

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By |December 15th, 2010|Editorial, Energy Efficiency|3 Comments

Energy-Efficient Wood Stoves by Morsø

Morso-6170-wall-mount-wood-stove

Whether you’re looking to replace a drafty fireplace or utilize zone heating during the cold winter, perhaps an energy-efficient stove from Morsø should be considered and researched for your application.  The company offers several models — small, large, traditional, or contemporary — that are built in a low-impact manner with recycled materials.

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By |December 13th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|0 Comments

LSG Unveils $30 60-Watt Equivalent LED

Today Lighting Science Group announced that it has become the first U.S. company to domestically manufacture one million LED bulbs in less than a year.  With the announcement, LSG also unveiled a new omnidirectional A19 LED bulb as the one-millionth bulb.  The 60-watt replacement is 75% more efficient than an incandescent bulb and dimmable, mercury-free, and relatively affordable.

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By |December 13th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|7 Comments

60-Watt Equivalent LEDs for Below $40

If you’re looking for long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting, 60-watt replacement LEDs are on the way to big box retailers.  These lights screw in just like typical incandescents, but they use less than a quarter of the energy and have no mercury, unlike CFLs.

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By |November 22nd, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|5 Comments

Prevent Plug Load Waste with Modlet

Modlet-thinkeco-outlet ThinkEco just announced that it's taking orders from business clients for its flagship product called the Modlet, which is short for modern outlet.  Modlet is a smart outlet that monitors power usage and disconnects from the power to save energy when the plugged-in gadget isn't in use. 

In other words, Modlet was designed to help reduce and prevent plug-load electricity waste.  The smart outlet requires no time to install and a network of Modlets can be monitored for real-time consumption data, according to ThinkEco. 

ThinkEco says companies that install Modlets site-wide can achieve reductions of anywhere from 35-80% in power consumed by each plugged-in device, resulting in up to a 10% reduction in overall electricity costs. 

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By |November 11th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|0 Comments