The Staber Washer is good washer if you are interested in saving electricity, water and detergent. It is the only top loading, horizontal-axis clothes washer made in the U.S. It operates in a similar way to an efficient front load washer, but you get top loading convenience. Compared to conventional vertical-axis agitator washers, the Staber… [Continue Reading]
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This Marko toothbrush by Ohso holds toothpaste in its handle, and dispenses it within its own bristles, making it a self-contained device for travelers. Last year we reviewed the “Clever Toothbrush” which was similar, but it was made out of plastic, and was not very durable. This toothbrush looks better — it’s composed of chrome… [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]
Made from recycled newsprint, these remarkable and disposable slippers cost less than 50 cents each. The color is natural and no bleaching agents/chemicals have been used — even the cord and the support tube are made from twisted unbleached paper.
Drying clothes with centrifugal force is efficient and quick. The centrifugal dryer Spin-X rotates at 3300 RPM (revolutions per minute) — using 1420 G forces. Most washing machines only spin at 500 RPM. The dryer removes a quart of water from clothes using the same amount of energy a regular clothes dryer uses in the… [Continue Reading]
Diesel vehicles are meta-efficient when run with Biodiesel fuel. Some cars are listed as "TDIs", meaning they have a Turbo-Charge Direct Injection Engine — these cars can also be run on Biodiesel. Diesel engines are fuel-efficient, for example VW Jetta TDIs get around 47 mpg. Earlier diesel cars, produced in the 1960s and 1970s were… [Continue Reading]
Apparently red LEDs are 60% more efficient than fluorescent light when growing vegetables hydroponically. According to IEEE Spectrum Online: Of all the colors of the rainbow, red is lettuce’s favorite. Chlorophyll, the electrochemical engine of photosynthesis, runs on red photons. So if you are growing the vegetable indoors in a factory, why waste energy on… [Continue Reading]
Here’s an interesting wind turbine from an inventor in Perth, Australia. See the full press release over the fold..
In the U.S., toilets account for 30% of indoor water use, but this is mostly due to their inefficient designs. So I was pleased to find the Stealth Ultra-High-Efficiency Toilet toilet by Niagara. This is probably the most water efficient flush toilet available for residential use. The Stealth (great name by the way) uses only 0.8 gallons… [Continue Reading]