by Jordan S. @ 8:32 am post a comment »
To be honest, when I discovered the EverSense Thermostat from Allure Energy, I had a complete moment of double take. I mean, advances in the resource efficiency of consumer products are not commonly known to originate in Texas, unless we’re talking about a more economical nodding donkey. Before I provoke you to un-holster that six-shooter, know that this native Texan has his pointed high in the sky, firing off my own one-gun salute to Allure Energy.
Imagine this: the workday is done – a cold wind bites at your face as you step outside – you hop into your electric car to begin the commute home – cannot use the heater; your battery is draining – traffic is at a standstill – you feel your hands tightening their grip on the steering wheel. You’re stressed, ready to get home and relax. Luckily though, something at home is ensuring you will be comfortable when you arrive.
The EverSense Home Thermostat from Allure Energy, based in Austin, Texas, knows when you are approaching home by using its patented Proximity Control Technology and automatically activates your HVAC system when you are within a preset range of your home, instead of being triggered by a preset time. EverSense learns how to best provide you with a customized, convenient and environmentally friendly home climate control system by adjusting to your daily schedule by communicating with your SmartPhone. The device assures you that energy will not be wastefully expended heating or cooling an empty home and even provides you with on-screen, energy-saving recommendations to help you save additional money on your electricity bill. (more…)
Monday, November 3, 2014
by Jordan S. @ 9:20 am 1 comment »
Robotics has become a common industrial tool in the United States and abroad, taking the place of countless industrial workers and raising the production efficiency of the manufacture of many goods we use in our daily lives. It is, unfortunately, taking away
many blue-collar manufacturing jobs, though on the other hand robotics has arguably saved many American soldiers’ lives via the use of Unmanned Ground and Air Vehicles, such as bomb defusing mini-tanks and aircraft with remote pilots. Although robotics is largely working “behind the scenes”, beyond the awareness of the average consumer, its articulated arms are in fact involved in many industries; perhaps the most important being the green energy sector. (more…)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
by Ross D @ 9:00 am post a comment »
If you live in an environment that is prone to extreme weather events like big winter snowstorms, high winds, or hurricanes you might want to contemplate what’s going to happen when the lights go out (and they will). One solution – an energy-efficient LED light bulb which contains a rechargeable battery that keeps the bulb lit when the power goes out and operates like a normal LED light bulb when the juice is on.
The SmartCharge LED Bulb was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that reached 183% of its target. SmartCharge is a nifty solution for folks who experience frequent power loss, or those who can’t afford to be left in the dark. (more…)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
by Jordan S. @ 9:22 am post a comment »
I love my smartphone; you know you do, too. But most of us Americans are wirelessly chained to a metaphorical ball that appears to outpace our unsustainable trek downhill. The earth is ripped and torn to procure the rare elements that make our smartphones’ existence possible. Nonetheless, today’s smartphones are an essential mixture of convenience, communication, entertainment and intelligence; devices that are indeed so intelligent that they count our every footstep, turn themselves on silent when you are near a preprogrammed location such as work or school, and tirelessly serve as our pocket personal assistants. The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) – The Wireless Association estimated in June, 2010 that there were 292.8 million active smartphones in the United States, representing 5% of the world’s wireless subscribers. For now, let us ignore the material costs or natural resource uses associated with the production of all of these smartphones and let us focus on the most archaic component you find when unboxing your new toy.
Asmo Saloranta is a young Finnish engineer and entrepreneur who, up until 2013, worked in information technologies. When an electrical fire stemming from an unattended mobile phone charger consumed his girlfriend’s childhood home, Asmo began thinking of how to best avoid similar events in the future. There were not any products in the market at the time that fit his vision for a safe, energy efficient smartphone charger, so Asmo took it upon himself to come up with a solution. The resulting ASMO Charger is arguably the most interesting innovation to come out of Finland since the modern sauna and heavy metal music. By incorporating a simple relay into the smartphone charger, electric current can be blocked automatically when the device is disconnected.
Conventional smartphone chargers continuously draw electricity while plugged into the wall (vampire power) even when they are not in use, which poses a constant – although small – risk of fire. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, which garnered 533 backers, full scale production of the ASMO Charger is scheduled for (more…)
Saturday, October 4, 2014
by Sheila T. @ 2:14 pm post a comment »
With fall upon us and stores bursting with Halloween supplies, many of us are starting to decorate our homes and yards. Lighting is always a fun way to give homes some festive curb appeal. What’s better than a glowing jack-o’-lantern? Buying a bunch of pumpkins and carving them every few nights doesn’t seem like a practical idea. And since electricity should not be wasted nor toxic batteries tossed, how about going solar? A solar-powered jack-o’-lantern is a great and green do-it-yourself option to bring some of the spirit of Halloween to your home.
Anyone of any craft skill level can make these lanterns at home in three simple steps. Before you begin, gather the following: (more…)