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Allure Intros EverSense Thermostat System

Allure Energy recently announced its new EverSense product line and officially unveiled the home environment and energy management system today at CES 2012.  EverSense is foremost a thermostat replacement with built-in speakers, Wi-FI, and a capacitive touch screen.  It’s also a platform to share energy-saving tips and content with homeowners.

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20 Green Building Innovations of 2011

Our team had the great opportunity to report on hundreds of green building innovations in the form of new technologies and advanced materials.  We see these innovations as contributors to a world where it’s important to reduce waste and resource consumption.  I hope you enjoy this unordered review gathered from our archives of the last year.

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EnhanceLite is an Ultra Efficient Light Bulb

If you weren’t already busy enough keeping track of all the new LED bulbs hitting the market, here’s one more.  This is a 60-watt equivalent, omnidirectional led lamp by Florida-based LEDnovation.  The EnhanceLite A19 LED is designed and manufactured in the USA and has the following specifications: 810 lumens, 9.4 watts, 2700 Kelvin, 94 CRI, and a five-year warranty.

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Conserve Energy with the Flip of a Switch

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.

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LEDO Offers Inventive LED Bulb Designs

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.

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Toshiba Unveils Traditional Looking LED

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.

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