Saving Water with UgMO ProHome

*Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, April 1, 2011, to be considered for a random giveaway of a voucher to receive a ProHome Soil Sensor System to be connected to an existing sprinkler system.

Depending on where you are on the Pyramid of Water Conservation, you may still have turf grass or an irrigation system, or both.  And these things guzzle water like crazy through Spring and Summer.  If you’re thinking about using less water and saving more money at the same time, perhaps UgMO Technologies — short for underground monitoring — could help out with their water-saving UgMO ProHome system.

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By |March 29th, 2011|Gadgets, Giveaways, Water Efficiency|17 Comments

Ingenious PV Glass Window Hits Chicago

Pythagoras Solar makes a revolutionary solar-powered window – literally an insulated window with integrated photovoltaics – that has the ability to turn buildings into massive power producers. The company has been testing a pilot project on the south-facing windows of the 56th floor of Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower. If the pilot goes well, Willis Tower could end up with a surface area of up to two megawatts of solar.

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By |March 23rd, 2011|Solar|17 Comments

The State of Small Wind [Interview]

The U.S. market for small wind turbines — those rated 100 kilowatts or less — grew 15% in 2009 with the installation of about 10,000 new units, according to the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Global Market Study in 2010.  In the same report, AWEA found that the largest manufacturer of these turbines in terms of kilowatts sold is Arizona-based Southwest Windpower.  I had the opportunity to email with the company’s marketing director, Miriam Robbins, and she was kind enough to share what’s new with Southwest Windpower.

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By |March 20th, 2011|Interview, Wind|3 Comments

Low-Cost Solar Thermal by Sunnovations

Sunnovations, a Virginia-based start-up, is seeing more and more interest in its unique solar thermal technology and just closed a Series A round of financing led by Two Seven Ventures.  That technology is explained in the attached images, and it may just make solar water heating a no-brainer for every home in the country.   The system is relatively affordable, easy to install, and simple to maintain, according to the company.

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By |March 18th, 2011|Solar|11 Comments

LSG Seeks Top Prize with New LED Bulb

Today Lighting Science Group unveiled a new 60-watt replacement LED bulb that “meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L Prize,” according to CTO Fred Maxik.  If you’re not familiar with the competition, in order to win, the lamp must run better than 90 watts per lumen, produce more than 900 lumens, use less than 10 watts, last more than 25,000 hours, have more than a 90 color rendering index, and have a color between 2700-3000 K.

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By |March 7th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|3 Comments

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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By |March 3rd, 2011|Solar|5 Comments