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Low Profile Tubular Skylight by Velux

Velux makes some great products for drawing natural light indoors.  The company recently introduced a new, low-profile, flat-glass Sun Tunnel skylight at IBS 2011, and it will be available later this year.  Already in use in Europe, the new skylight trades the bulbous, dome-style, roof model for a sleek, more modern, less noticeable look.

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Recycle Your Rain with RainPerfect

If you’re thinking about collecting rain at home, there’s a chance this product — the RainPerfect solar-powered pump system — could come in handy.  Once you have rainwater in the barrel, you’ll want to get it out and that can be done with the help of solar energy, a pump, and a garden hose.

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How to Give Up Incandescent Light Bulbs

Some folks are stockpiling light bulbs in anticipation of the future phase-out of standard incandescents, according to USA Today.  It seems hoarders are doing it for one or two reasons: cost and/or lighting concerns.  But these shouldn’t be concerns.  With a little bit of math (initial cost + operating cost) and an understanding of basic lighting terms (lumen, watt, color accuracy, color temperature), I think the switch is a no-brainer.  So here’s a five-step program for the hoarder:

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How to Find the Most Efficient Appliances

In my experience, it seems most people compare appliance models based on cost, appearance, and brand.  Some individuals consult the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide label for estimated operating cost and energy use information.  Others research models online through the Energy Star products database.

But there’s a new resource for locating the most energy efficient products on the market: Top Ten USA.

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Bright New TrueWhite LED by Cree

Cree, Inc., manufacturer of the popular LR6 LED downlight, just announced a new light bulb.  The company unveiled “the brightest, most-efficient, LED-based A-lamp that can meet Energy Star performance requirements for a 60-watt standard LED replacement bulb.”  Cree attributes the bulb’s performance to TrueWhite technology and a patented remote-phosphor technology.

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Bladeless Vibro-Wind Panels of the Future

There’s a lot of innovation in the wind technology sector and this bladeless concept could be a game changer in the next few years.  In fact, “Turbine-free wind power” was placed on the NY Times Magazine‘s annual Year in Ideas list with this video explaining the idea.

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