Rooftop Wind Turbines Ready For Commercial Use

Note: Images and Video © Lucid Dream Productions Wind turbines designed to be installed on rooftops are generating a lot interest lately. These compact turbines can be located on top of buildings, or attached to other parts of large structures like bridges. In turns out, though, that installing wind turbine in a city environment is a bit of an art. …

Wind-Up and Solar-Powered Lanterns

Here are some lanterns that can be charged via the sun or via human power. Freeplay’s Indigo is a well-designed, rugged lantern. It’s one of those products that, when you hold it, feels extremely solid. This lantern shines with a cluster of seven bright LED bulbs. It won’t brighten a room, but at full power, it provides good illumination. It …

U.S. To Phase Out Incandescent Light Bulbs

Photo credit: USA today After being passed by Congress, Bush just signed into law a massive energy bill that will, among other things, spell the end of traditional light bulb. USA Today reports that the bill will phase out the venerable (but power-hungry) incandescent bulb over the next dozen years in favor more efficient fluorescent, halogen, and LED bulbs. Specifically, …

Wood Pellet Stoves Are Hot

Wood pellet stoves have become very popular this year, due to the fact that heating oil costs have risen 31% and natural gas is up 46%. Pellet stoves are small electric stoves that burn small pieces of recycled sawdust, that have been compressed into pellets. There are a number of advantages to using wood pellet stoves: they are extremely efficient, …

Soap Nuts: Natural Detergent

We always like to discover innovative, plant-based products that are being introduced into the marketplace. Take for example, Soap Nuts which are an organic, eco-effective alternative to detergent. The powder is made from the sun-dried fruit of Sapindus Trifoliatus trees in south eastern India which is ground into a fine powder. Nothing further is added to the powder, and it …

LED Grow Lights

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.

An Update On My Quest Not To Be Tracked

twitter-network

I thought I’d publish an update on my quest to create a computer set-up that eliminates tracking companies from my world. Basically, this infographic explains why (it’s a large graphic  — you may have to zoom in). So far I’ve really only eliminated the following: Google, Facebook and various other data collection companies. I’ve made my web browsing relatively free …

Recycled Newspaper Vases

At first glance the surface of these vases look like wood grain. But they are actually constructed entirely out of recycled newspaper and aluminum. The paper is carefully die cut and bound like a book. They have other unusual shapes too. They are prices from $23 to $32. Available from Wishing Fish and Gardners Eden

Bamboo Fiber Towels

These towels, are made out of 100% bamboo fiber, which means they are soft as silk. Since they come from the fastest growing plant on earth and there is no fertilizers, pesticides, or chemical treatments involved in producing them, these towels qualify as being metaefficient. Originally we linked to bamboo towels for sale at Amazon and Mad Mod, but they …

Chlorine Alternatives For Efficient Swimming Pools

Cannonball! Jumping into a swimming pool is a classic way to beat the heat on a hot summer day. But clean pool water requires a combination of filtration, circulation, and sanitization. Chlorine has long been the most common tool for keeping pools free of bacteria and algae – but it has its drawbacks, and there are alternatives.