By filtering water to standards even higher than the tap water it starts with, this closed-loop water recycling shower system from Swedish firm Orbital Systems could deliver the best shower you’ve ever had – along with staggering reductions in your resource usage and power bill.
Many large-scale renovations only make sense for homeowners. Naturally, you don’t want to invest your hard-earned money on costly upgrades that get left behind when moving out of an apartment or rental home. But luckily, there are lots of ways to reduce your environmental footprint and save money even if you don’t own the property […]
Minnesota Power has developed the “Pyramid of Conservation”, a cool interactive tool to help identify and prioritize improvements in your home’s energy efficiency. Upgrades are arranged from the cheapest and simplest options at the bottom, to the most advanced possibilities at the top.
One of the hallmarks of a home’s energy efficiency is its thermal performance. So it’s important to understand the distinction between the concepts of thermal mass and insulation.
Some of this week’s top news from the world of green building and sustainable design. The Business Case for Green Building from World Green Building Council World GBC report highlights several benefits green buildings offer various stakeholders throughout a building’s life cycle. NYSERDA Offering Low-Income NYC Residents Energy-Efficient Building Assistance New York State Energy […]
We’ve never seen this before, and we can’t quite wrap our heads around the underlying concept of how it works. But if the manufacturer’s claims are accurate, every home should have one of these bad boys plugged in to the wall.
Wind power is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of sustainable energy. Most wind energy comes from large-scale “wind farms”, but smaller turbines can be a great source of supplementary power for homes.
Just unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 is a solar generator to keep bigger devices like laptops powered up off the grid. It’s a portable all-in-one design that emits no exhaust fumes, unlike gasoline or diesel generators.
One of the best ways to improve a home’s energy efficiency is by insulating and sealing openings, but the trade-off in a tightly sealed home can be stale indoor air. Energy recovery ventilators like the offer the best of both worlds, providing fresh air while keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in […]
Sometimes, handheld electronics like your phone or iPod need to be recharged when there isn’t a plug in sight. Solar device chargers are one option, but nPower has come up with an alternative: the PEG (Personal Energy Generator) turns kinetic energy from your movement into usable power.
Want to harness all that solar energy shining on your roof, but you’re not crazy about the space-age look of a massive PV panel rack? No problem. Apollo Solar Roofing uses lightweight, roof-integrated modules so a photovoltaic array becomes a subtle part of your roof.