New App Provides Basic Energy Use Data

Blue Line Innovations, maker of the PowerCost Monitor for tracking home energy use, recently introduced a new partnership with the People Power Company which includes a new mobile app called People Power 1.0.  Now, abandoned Hohm and PowerMeter users can switch over to People Power 1.0 for real-time electricity data, real-time pricing, budgeting, gaming, social interaction, and other information.

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By |July 19th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|6 Comments

Small Wind Now Available at Home Depot

Recently Southwest Windpower announced the availability of the popular Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at select Home Depot stores.  The move puts small wind within reach of more customers as the industry expands every year.  Southwest will start the installation program in Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and California with additional states in the near future.

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By |July 7th, 2011|Wind|1 Comment

Designer Ceiling Lamp Powered By the Sun

Velux introduced the Lovegrove chandelier about a year ago, and, with a best of the best Red Dot 2010 award, the sunlight diffuser is getting more and more interest.  Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the lamp works in conjunction with Velux sun tunnels.  Lovegrove’s orb reflects natural sun light to the ceiling for room distribution and can be adjusted for intensity and angle.  The product is supposed to be available starting this month; find and contact a Velux distributor for pricing and availability.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Technology|2 Comments

Ford Showcases the Garage of the Future

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.

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By |June 25th, 2011|Gadgets, Technology|4 Comments

Save Energy with a Modern Ceiling Fan

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:

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By |June 20th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Technology|1 Comment

Water Legacy Helps with Greywater Reuse

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.

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By |June 16th, 2011|Technology, Water Efficiency|11 Comments