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The Best LED Reading Lamps

The small size and directional light output of LEDs make them ideal for personal reading lights, and they are energy efficient too. Here are some of the best LED reading lamps:

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The Best Electric Boat Motors

The Best Electric Boat Motors: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 ($99) Minn Kota Endura C2 55 ($257) MotorGuide VariMAX V55 – Freshwater, Pontoon Mount ($414) Torqeedo Travel 1003 ($1,999) Compared to gasoline-powered boat motors, electric outboard motors provide quieter operation, no exhaust fumes and zero emissions. Electrics are great as the primary means of propulsion for small boats, a secondary …

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Bicycle Saddle Review: Brooks B17 Narrow

Bicycle saddle reviews can be difficult to discern. Finding the right bicycle saddle has many personal variables — from riding style to, yes, bum shape. Most bikes today come with saddles made of molded plastic or nylon, though some higher end saddles are made of carbon fiber. If you are a product of the 70s, your first bike may have …

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Wind Turbines May Offer Green Energy In NYC

At a glance, New York City might not seem like a particularly “green” town, given all its traffic and densely built-up neighborhoods.  But on a per-capita basis, it consistently ranks as one of the most eco-friendly cities, thanks in large part to its unparalleled mass transit system and the small size of most homes and apartments.  And the city may …

Hyundai Sending Fuel-Efficient Hydrogen Vehicles To Northern Europe

Fuel efficient hydrogen-powered Hyundai vehicles will soon be cruising Scandanavian streets, thanks to a pilot program which aims to introduce them to the European market.  Government employees in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland will operate the test fleets of the FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) under the program announced this week.

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A List Of Cool Books On Biking

With the temperatures falling outside you may not be getting on your bike as much as you’d like, especially if you haven’t stocked up on your wool clothing. So it’s the perfect time to catch up on your reading. As bike popularity is exploding, so are the number of books written about the love and care of a bicycle. Whether …

A Review Of Go-Ped Scooters

So what’s a Go-Ped? Go-Ped is a line of scooters, electric, gas and human powered, designed and manufactured by Patmont Motor Werks. With their award winning technology, Go-Ped scooters are geared for the short distance commuter interested in reducing their carbon footprint. Manufactured in Nevada, the founders of Go-Ped are dedicated to providing jobs for Americans and supporting domestic manufacturers …

Bikes For Kids

There are important factors when choosing a bike for kids. See also our Girls Bikes: Best of 2010. With the way kids grow, parents can be attracted to cheaper price tags or to buying big with the idea of growing into it, but this can actually turn out to be more costly in the long run. A bike made with …

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Best Bike Panniers For Commuting

Ortlieb Bike Shopper Pannier Bag

Even if you’re not biking cross-country, you still need a good way to carry items while cycling to work or running errands.  You can do away with your makeshift bungees and get the most out of your bike rack with a bag or pannier to help haul your stuff.  These are five of the best ones available for day-to-day use …

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Wind Power Gains Speed: Efficient, Clean, Endless Energy Source

Wind power produces no pollutants like carbon dioxide, and it requires no input of water or fuel resources, making wind one of the planet’s cleanest and most abundant sources of renewable energy.  And it’s been front-page news in recent weeks:  the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm in England officially began operations in September, becoming the largest such project in the world.  …

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Air Jet Showerhead: A High-Powered Water Saver

AirJet Showerhead: A Low-Flow Vacuum Showerhead

I’ve been testing the Air Jet showerhead, and so far I’ve been impressed. This is low-flow showerhead, but it creates a high pressure shower experience using simple physics.

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Choosing Sustainable Seafood

Our food choices are a big part of our overall environmental impact, and seafood can seem like an environmental catch-22.  Its popularity has been on the rise as part of a healthy diet, but some types of seafood are surprisingly un-green.  So what makes a particular type of seafood environmentally friendly?  Read on to learn more about the issues, so …

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Best Commuter Bicycle Tires

Once you’ve found the perfect bike, bag, rack, and helmet, you’re all set for gas-free commuting, right?  Not quite – the right tires are an often-overlooked part of the package, and they can make all the difference for biking around town.  Here are four of the best tires for commuters, blending traction, durability, and low rolling resistance on pavement.  All …

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Chicago Center For Green Technology: Sustainable Development Leader

Great ideas for sustainable development sometimes just remain abstract concepts – that is, until they’re put into practice where they can serve as a showcase for their real potential.  Such was the case with Chicago’s Center for Green Technology, the country’s first LEED Platinum municipal building – and an inspiration for subsequent development both in Chicago and nationwide.

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The Best Bike Racks For Cars

Cycling is one of the most efficient ways to get around, and bicycle commuting is often a much better option than driving.  But sometimes you need to transport your bicycle from point A to point B before you can ride – which is where a good bike rack for your car comes in.  We’ve put together the following list of …

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Efficient, Green Carry-On Luggage

Whether your next trip takes you to another continent or just the town next door, you’ll want the right carry-on bag for the job. We’ve picked four of the best choices that combine functionality with eco-friendly construction. And remember, materials and manufacturing are only half of what makes a travel bag environmentally friendly. A durable and versatile design is “green”, …

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Best Child Bike Seats

Every parent loves to bring their kids along with them for bike rides, and child bike seats allow them to do this easily. Today, child bike seats are fitted with suspension systems to keep your child from rattling. Also, the locking mechanisms are more capable of attaching these child bike seats to any style of bicycle. They are also more …

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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.

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Efficient Outdoor Water Use

A recent Metaefficient post offered some ideas for reducing water consumption in your home – but why stop there? Read on to learn about some tips and products that will help you manage water use in outdoor spaces like lawns and gardens. Best of all, you’ll reduce both your environmental impact and utility bills in the process.

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Best Chef Knives

Good chef knives are the workhorses of any kitchen – they will slice, chop and crush as well as a whole drawer of kitchen gadgets. A quality blade will last virtually forever, avoiding the hassle and expense of replacement, and a well-built knife will make preparing ingredients much more efficient. Chef knives have blades around 8 inches long, although this …