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U.S. To Phase Out Incandescent Light Bulbs

by Justin Thomas •

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, …

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New Record: World’s Largest Wind Turbine (7+ Megawatts)

by Justin Thomas •

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The world’s largest wind turbine is now the Enercon E-126. This turbine has a rotor diameter of 126 meters (413 feet). The E-126 is a more sophisticated version of the E-112, formerly the world’s largest wind turbine and rated at 6 megawatts. This new turbine is officially rated at 6 megawatts too, but will most likely produce 7+ megawatts (or …

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Natural 100% Silk Comforters

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a comforter filled with 100% silk. Silk has a higher warmth to weight ratio than wool, down, or synthetic fillers. It’s non-toxic: no chlorine, perfumes or chemical dyes used. It’s natural: breathable & hypoallergenic. It’s also inexpensive. Moreover, it is manufactured in Germany to European Eco Standards, including the 100% organic cotton cover. The filling is Tussah silk which …

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Electric Tankless Water Heaters

by Justin Thomas •

Note: This post has been expanded and updated for 2009! Tankless water heaters only heat water when it is needed. About 8% to 30% of the energy consumed by a standard water heater goes to keeping the water hot while it’s not being used. New tankless systems heat the water instantly when you turn on the faucet, rather than keeping …

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Windspire: Propeller-Free Household Turbine Gets Approval

by Justin Thomas •

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We just featured the largest wind turbine in the world, now here’s something at the opposite end of the spectrum: a household wind turbine. In the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of mini-wind turbines that haven’t turned out to be very useful. But the Windspire turbine from Mariah Power sounds interesting. The Windspire has a propeller-free vertical-axis design, …

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The Best Shower Filter

by Justin Thomas •

Note: Please stop read this article, and read our updated shower filter article instead I wanted to post an update on my quest for the best shower filter. I received a lot of useful comments on my last shower filter post,¬†and I’ve also tested a couple of new shower filters.

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The Best Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers Of 2016

by Justin Thomas •

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In A Nutshell Here are my recommendations for the best rechargeable AA batteries: If you want the best energy capacity (2500 mAh) — get the Eneloop Pro If you want maximum recharge capacity (2100 times) — get the 4th Generation Panasonic Eneloops (800 mAh) If you want to save some money and don’t mind a little less performance from your …

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The Best Water Filters Of 2010

by Justin Thomas •

There are a lot of misleading claims about water filters. Many filters are marketed with general statements like “improves taste and odor”. But filter manufacturers don’t mention the specific amount of pesticides or chloramines removed, for example.

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The Best Commuter Bikes Of 2010

by Justin Thomas •

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The sales of commuters bikes in the U.S. have grown quickly in the last couple years. Commuter bikes are those that include features useful for commuting to work or around town — like fenders, chain guards, storage racks, comfortable seats, lights and puncture-resistant tires. You may also be interested our reviews of folding bikes and electric commuter bikes and women’s …

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The Best LED Flashlights Of 2014

by Justin Thomas •

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In A Nutshell Update: We have more newer article over here — The Best LED Flashlights Of 2015 Here are the best LED flashlights of 2014: The brightest keyring-size LED flashlight: Fenix LD01 — 80 lumens — costs around $40 The best standard-size LED flashlight: Fenix TK11 R5 — 225 lumens – costs around $75 The brightest LED flashlight that …