Space heaters have come a long way over the years. Modern designs like the Lasko Full Circle deliver some serious thermal performance, and they use far less power than older models. And if using it lets you maintain your entire home at a lower temperature, you’ll trim your utility bills and stay comfortable with less energy.
Radiant heat floors aren’t a mere decadent luxury. Typically consisting of flexible PEX tubing embedded in flooring to circulate heated water, radiant heat systems can actually help homeowners comfortably use less central heat – saving money by reducing overall energy consumption.
The Haiku Ceiling Fan, designed and produced by Kentucky-based Big Ass Fans, is a marvel of energy efficient design. And it happens to look pretty amazing as well.
The original Nest Learning Thermostat was a pretty amazing innovation: By automatically heating or cooling a home only when needed, it could dramatically cut wasted energy (and save a homeowner thousands of dollars in the process). And now the 2nd Generation Nest Thermostat has arrived with a slew of cool new features.
The Sustainable Building Bible is a resource created by Tim Pullen, a UK-based sustainable building consultant. It covers big-picture considerations such as green design trends and choosing sustainable materials, as well as tips for specific issues like draft-proofing and water conservation. Read more…
The Nest Learning Thermostat isn’t just programmable. It actually anticipates what you need it to do, which (besides being really cool, no pun intended) can save a substantial amount of wasted energy. Since heating and cooling accounts for a full 50% of an average home’s energy use, that also means saving you a bundle of money.
Virtu solar tubes utilize a hybrid design that incorporates both PV cells for solar energy, and solar thermal conduction for heating. Best of all, the hybrid arrangement helps both components work better than standalone systems, proving the old adage that the whole really can be greater than the sum of its parts.