A lot of readers expressed interest in using red and blue LEDs for hydroponic growing. These LED lights can be found at Amazon. It is, of course, more efficient to grow plants outside, but when this is not possible, LEDs are an efficient choice.
The Presso is a manually operated espresso machine — no electricity is required. You make an espresso by adding hot water and ground coffee at the top. When you press down on the levers, the pressure pushes the water through the coffee, and it is deposited in your cup. You can make either a double… [Continue Reading]
This may be one of the most efficient things we’ve featured. “Effective Microorganisms” or EM is a formula of specially selected microbes which can be used for many applications. For example, they are a metaefficient compost additive. If you add a mixture of them to your kitchen compost and it will decompose more quickly and… [Continue Reading]
Vigilus is an efficient mountain resort located in Südtirol, Northern Italy. It is reachable only by cable car. The resort was made with the ideal of an “organic architecture” — architecture integrated with the existing natural elements. All rooms outfitted with a clay partition wall, which stores warmth and moderates the room climate. The Vigilius… [Continue Reading]
This lamp by Adesso has a fan-shaped, bamboo-ribbed, collapsible rice paper shade that stands 28″ tall. The metaefficiency comes through the use of bamboo and rice paper, both very light and renewable. Can be fitted with a CFL, if you like. Available for $87 from Contemporary Furniture Online.
You can get a taste of the high desert in your morning cup with this Pinon Coffee. The Pinon nut brings life to the New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company of Albuquerque. They use a roasting combination that includes a five-bean blend of high-altitude Arabica coffee along with bushels of Pinon nuts. Finding the nuts is… [Continue Reading]
Here’s another recycled creation from John T. Unger — it’s a fire pit made of 100% recycled steel, called the Great Bowl O’ Fire. The piece is a bit of a visual pun, because it is hand cut with a torch from decommissioned propane tanks! The heavy steel of the pit actually radiates heat like… [Continue Reading]