Besides providing a warm glow, candles can also help freshen the air in a home. But did you know that while paraffin wax candles emit a cloud of soot, natural beeswax candles emit charged ions that actually help remove pollutants from the air?
If you’re planning to do some gift-giving this season, why not pick items that are environmentally friendly as well as fun? For our Eco Friendly Gift Guide, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite clever designs, green gadgets, and gifts for efficient living that will satisfy anyone on your list.
LED light bulbs are a hot topic, but many consumers want answers before switching from their incandescents and CFLs. Do LEDs really save money? Are they better than fluorescent bulbs? Can LED bulbs match the warmth and quality of incandescent light? ModernEnviro’s guide to home LED lighting separates the hype from the facts.
The best LED light bulbs are undeniably more efficient than incandescents or fluorescent CFLs, since they last far longer and cost far less over time (using much less electricity than their competitors). Now Switch Inc. is introducing a line of LED bulbs this fall that should finally match the aesthetic appeal and light quality of […]
LED light bulbs are hard to beat for energy efficiency, and the newest generation are matching the performance of traditional incandescent bulbs by offering warmer and brighter light than earlier designs. We recently profiled Cree’s TrueWhite LED light bulb, and now Philips has joined the pack with its AmbientLED model (the first on the market […]
Recent media reports have questioned the safety of some LED light bulbs, citing concerns about hazardous materials contained inside some lights. But these concerns are largely overblown, and LEDs remain one of the cleanest and safest lighting technologies on the market.
Incandescent lightbulbs are on the way out, and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are quickly moving in. But now there is a new player entering the market as well: ESL (electron stimulated luminescence) bulbs promise to match the energy efficiency of CFLs or LEDs in a non-toxic, low-cost package.
Making the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs is a great way to reduce your household electricity use, but the ubiquitous spiral tube design doesn’t work everywhere. Never fear: there are CFLs that mimic the look of traditional bulbs and globes for a more decorative look.
The most energy-efficient light source in a home isn’t a high-tech bulb or fixture – it’s natural daylight. Solatube skylights can help homeowners minimize their need for electric lighting and maximize the use of daylight throughout their homes.
Let’s face it – incandescent light bulbs provide nice light, but they’re energy-efficiency dinosaurs. Compact fluorescents (CFLs) are better, but they contain toxic chemicals like mercury. So for long-lasting lights that use just a tiny fraction of the electricity (and can pay for themselves many times over), make the switch to LED light bulbs.