In the rapidly changing landscape of automobiles, what will your garage look like to accommodate all electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles? Ford has worked with many partners in the development of their home charging system for the electric Focus, to be released this year, and the upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the all new C-MAX.
An Energy Star qualified ceiling fan and light is about 50% more efficient than a conventional ceiling fan and light, according to EnergyStar.gov, and can save a user more than $15 per year on utility bills. One company, The Modern Fan Company, makes several Energy Star qualified models and just released five new designs this year. If you’re in the market, Lumens.com currently has 20% off fan models and free shipping on orders over $50, including these five new designs:
Consumers are turning to greywater systems to reduce their potable water consumption as a result of growing interest in water savings and concerns over the long-term effects of droughts or water price increase. Over the past few years we’ve seen great efficiencies in flush and flow fixtures, as well as bathroom systems; however, to keep cutting demand, forward thinking projects are moving towards greywater reuse. One system on the market is by a company called Water Legacy.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the availability of bundles for people looking to enter the solar market. Called MyGen, the solar kits are made in America for residential and light commercial projects and come with all major PV system components, disconnects, and grounding equipment required to start generating electricity.
The most important job for a ventilation fan, particularly in a well-sealed home, is to exhaust the excess moisture from the air. Moisture needs to be kept from building up indoors to keep the interior environment comfortable. To help with this, Panasonic is introducing a new series of WhisperSense fans with dual sensors which will be available starting in June 2011.
Encino-based Cyber-Rain, maker of what the company calls a “sprinkler controller with a brain,” recently introduced a new feature that gives users the ability to monitor and control landscape watering from the cloud. The Cyber-Rain controller works similar to, for example, a Rainbird or Orbit system, except an owner can control sprinklers, manually run valves, and check watering activity from a computer or through a free iPhone app.