EPS: Miles Per Gallon Rating for Homes

When you buy a house, there’s no clear way to know what you’re getting.  There’s no miles per gallon sticker, as with cars, or nutrition label, as with foods.  You’ll pay for an inspection and walk through the place any number of times, but you definitely can’t see through the walls.  It’s strange that we allow ourselves to spend, or mortgage, so much with so little information.

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By |March 5th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|1 Comment

The Bloom Box and Buildings [Video]

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If you had the chance to catch 60 Minutes on Sunday, you saw their exclusive on Bloom Energy.  The company has been in stealth mode for some time, but all of that appears to be over.  As reported by Lesley Stahl, which you can view in the video embedded below, Bloom makes a fuel cell that will be used to power homes (in the future) and commercial buildings (right now).

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By |February 23rd, 2010|Gadgets, News|5 Comments

Sloan Valve Tests Rooftop Aeroturbines

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Sloan Valve Company, manufacturer of water-efficient plumbing products, including the AQUS greywater system, last summer installed two small wind turbines in Illinois from Aerotecture International.  The Franklin Park headquarters building now has two 712V Aerotecture vertical-axis models.  One is over the front entrance and another is over the employee entrance, while both are ballasted to the roof. 

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By |February 15th, 2010|Gadgets, Wind|0 Comments

Small Wind Turbine Farm Nearly Complete at Quinnipiac University

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Adobe’s installation of 20 small wind turbines on the sixth floor of their headquarters building made big news recently.  But this is even bigger.  Quinnipiac University in Connecticut is putting the finishing touches on a micro wind turbine cluster on its new green campus in York Hill.  The “wind garden” is made with 25 vertical-axis turbines from Mariah Power and estimated to generate about 32,626 kWh annually.

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By |February 10th, 2010|Gadgets, Wind|0 Comments

Solar Covered Kroon Hall Goes Platinum

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Kroon Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded Platinum certification, according to the Office of Public Affairs of Yale University.  Kroon Hall was designed to use 81% less water and 58% less energy than a comparable building, helping it receive a total of 59 LEED points.  With the help of a massive and beautiful solar array, about 25% of this building's electricity should be generated on-site, too. 

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By |February 3rd, 2010|Educational, LEED, Solar|0 Comments

Modern Solar LED Address Numbers

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Most address numbers probably don't have back lights, but I suppose if you're going to light them, you might as well do it with solar power and LEDs.  That's how it's done with these Solar LED Address Numbers from Think Geek.  The numbers turn on automatically and can last up to 10 hours on a full charge.  Each number runs about $16.  My place is in dire need of a number swap, so I guess these are now at the top of the list.  What do you think?

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By |February 2nd, 2010|Gadgets, Modern design|4 Comments