5 Smart Home Tech Trends That Can Save You Money

July 25, 2017 by  
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At first, you may not think technology is very eco-friendly, but emerging trends in smart home tech are looking to turn that around. Not only is home automation an effective way to reduce your home’s energy and resource usage, it can also cut down…

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The first off-grid Ecocapsule microhomes are shipping to customers this year

June 6, 2017 by  
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Want to travel to the beach or a mountaintop or a jungle – and spend the night in style every time? The Ecocapsule offers that flexibility in a tiny off-grid package. The company just announced it has secured financial backing to move forward with the microhome – and they’re planning to deliver the first Ecocapsules to clients later this year. Late night television host James Corden recently tested the versatile pods out in a peaceful garden, a horse ranch, and a restaurant rooftop – check out his take after the break. Corden hit up the Ecocapsule to explore the latest trends in travel and eco-friendly living. The egg-shaped, mobile microhome is around eight feet high, seven feet long, and 14.5 feet wide, and it’s powered by rooftop solar cells and a small wind turbine . It also collects rainwater to be reclaimed as drinking water. A folding bed, bathroom, kitchenette, and living area provide travelers with all the amenities of a luxury hotel . The Ecocapsule can be towed via trailer or sent to a location in a shipping container. Related: The world’s first off-grid EcoCapsule is now available for pre-order Corden envisioned the Ecocapsule in exotic locations like the Grand Canyon or a beach in Ibiza. He took his characteristic humorous approach to the design of the pod, asking founder Tomas Zacek, “How do I know this isn’t just some sort of spaceship?” Ecocapsule will only make 50 of the first edition pods, but they plan to start mass producing the microhomes for a lower price in 2018. It seems Corden enjoyed his time wandering in the Ecocapsule; he said in the video, “I could stay here for years.” He also told Zacek that snuggling encapsulates the ethos behind the Ecocapsule. + Ecocapsule

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Oregon couple spends years building their net-zero ‘extreme green dream home’

June 6, 2017 by  
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Some people may spend years designing their dream home, but one ambitious couple in Oregon has just spent years building their “extreme green dream home.” As beautiful as it is sustainable , the Desert Rain home by Tozer Design is a 2,236-square-foot net-zero structure that was designed to meet the Living Building Challenge’s green building criteria – the industry’s most stringent. The couple began to build their “conventional” dream home on the same 0.7 acre lot in 2008, but upon hearing about the Living Building Challenge in the fall of 2009, they made the painful decision to scrap their original plans and shoot for the challenge. The result is a beautiful estate made up of five buildings, including the main residence, a detached apartment, a second detached building that can be used as an office or guest space, and the home’s two garages. Related: California city could become the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S. The new construction began by repurposing materials from two aging mill houses that were previously on the lot. In addition to salvaging the existing materials, the team went far and beyond in finding sustainable, locally-sourced materials for the new home. In addition to the recovered wood already salvaged, reclaimed wood and FSC-certified lumber were brought in from the surrounding region. Additional materials were also specially made for the home’s green construction , such as the exterior plaster, which is almost entirely made out of local clay, straw, and sand. To conserve energy and costs whenever possible, other materials were constructed by the team by ordering and crafting the materials onsite. For example, rather than purchasing the items separately, a large roll of steel was ordered and cut onsite to construct the roofing, eaves, and rain gutters. Desert Rain is a power house of sustainability as well as energy efficiency . The home uses three renewable energy systems , including a solar array on the rooftop, a solar thermal drainage system that heats water and powers the hydronic floor system, and an innovative solar “hot air” system that is used to evaporate liquid from the home’s composting system. Given that the home is located in the arid high-desert region of Eastern Oregon, where the climate is dry and annual rainfall scarce, water conservation can be complicated for any homeowner. This made achieving the Net Zero Water criteria of the project a complicated task. However, using the unique layout of the five buildings, a rainwater collection system was conceived using the standing seam metal roofs to route rainwater through downspouts to the ground-level gravel filters to be used in the landscaping, which features mainly native plantings. + Tozer Design Via Living Future Photography by Chandler Photography

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How former NYC mayor Bloomberg is filling Trump’s climate change vacuum

June 6, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump last week announced America would be exiting the Paris Agreement , but now it looks like his administration might be the only ones to leave. States, cities, universities, and businesses have all announced their intention to slash carbon emissions as pledged in the accord, with former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg leading the charge. Even before Trump made his announcement, Bloomberg released a book written with former Sierra Club head Carl Pope arguing no matter who holds power in the White House, it’s really citizens who can make the difference in the battle against climate change . “Climate of Hope” is the title of Bloomberg and Pope’s book, described by Al Gore as an “inspiring must read.” Journalist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times said the book could offer Trump a blueprint on how to address climate change. The book offers ideas on how businesses and local governments can tackle carbon emissions, in ways like building bike lanes or switching over to energy-efficient heating and cooling. Related: US states and cities say they’re sticking to the Paris Accord without Trump Cities in particular are on the frontline of the battle against climate change. They account for 70 percent of carbon emissions, according to a video interview with Bloomberg, and 50 percent of the world’s people dwell in cities. “Cities are where the problems are, and where the solutions are…If people can change their behavior, they can stop the problem and fix the world,” Bloomberg says in the video. In addition to the book, Bloomberg is heading a coalition of states, cities, universities, and businesses that aim to stick with the Paris Agreement . He’s also giving $15 million over two years to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change . You can find out more about Climate of Hope here or order the book here . + Climate of Hope Via Business Insider Images via Michael Bloomberg on Twitter ( 1 , 2 )

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Google’s Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

June 17, 2015 by  
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At a much-hyped press conference in San Francisco today, Nest rolled out a significant batch of new and updated products for their smart home brand. In addition to updates to the Nest Thermostat , they have unveiled a second-generation Protect—which is redesigned to avoid the potentially deadly flaw of the first generation  version—and their very first security camera, the Nest Cam, which the Google -owned company developed after acquiring Dropcam last year. Read the rest of Google’s Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy saving home , nest cam , nest google , nest protect , nest thermometer , nest updates , safety temps , smart home , smart home apps , Smart home monitoring , smoke detector

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

June 17, 2015 by  
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Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar : a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the country, solar is one of the best long term and low-risk investments that homeowners can make. And according to JK Mechanical’s infographic, the average return on investment for the installation of a residential solar-powered system is roughly 9 years. Read through to learn more on why you should invest in the future of solar. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “solar energy” , infographic , reader submitted content , solar , solar panels , solar powered system

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INFOGRAPHIC: Smart Appliances and The Kitchen of Tomorrow

November 4, 2014 by  
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Did you know that by 2019 the market for smart appliances is predicted to exceed a staggering $25 billion US dollars? It’s great news for your wallet and the environment at large, since smart appliances can cut your energy and grocery bills while making your life at home easier and more productive. Pennywell Solid Surfaces recently launched a new infographic that tracks the state of the art in smart appliances – from dishwashers with digital interfaces to heating systems you can control with a smartphone. Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Smart Appliances and The Kitchen of Tomorrow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Energy-Efficient Appliances , green gadgets , green home , green interiors , infographic , smart appliances , smart home , smart kitchen , Sustainable Interiors

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Goldee: The World’s Smartest Light Switch

November 27, 2013 by  
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Goldee has leaped aboard the smart home bandwagon with new technology that promises to revolutionize our relationship with light. Dubbed the “world’s smartest light switch,” the minimalist black square offers a touch-free, gesture controlled experience. With plans to retail their new product at $249 for the solo pack, the Goldee Light Controller officially launched their $100,000 crowdfunding campaign yesterday. Read the rest of Goldee: The World’s Smartest Light Switch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated home , body clock , crowdfunding campaign , gesture controlled , goldee , LEDs , light controller , light switch , lighting system , motion activated , philips hue , smart home        

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Self-Assembled Sandwichbike Starts Shipping Next Month

November 27, 2013 by  
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The much anticipated Sandwichbike , which can be assembled like a piece of IKEA furniture, will start shipping this December. Designed by Bastens Leijh’s Dutch studio Bleijh Industrial , the bike will be shipped within a 17kg case containing a CNC-milled beech plywood frame that sandwiches the wheels and is locked in place using hand-milled aluminum cylinders. Read the rest of Self-Assembled Sandwichbike Starts Shipping Next Month Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle design , Bike that puts together like IKEA furniture , Bleijh Industrial Design Studio , CNC-milled bike , easy to assemble bike , ergonomic design bike , green bicycle design , green bike , plywood bike , Sandwichbike , self-assembled bike , wooden bikes        

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West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

July 3, 2013 by  
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