A lot of people live in apartments, and a lot of us, unless we're real lucky, have to pay utilities. Which means: heat, electricity, water. Out of our pockets. That's home energy straight up.
TED, The Energy Detective is finally getting it's due. For months, we have trumpeted the benefits of this whole house electricity monitoring device, and benefited from its lessons.
While you are waiting for the mass-market availability of a RainPod (which looks a bit like an alien spaceship sculpture) or a Rainchain (elegant Japanese links), don't despair. You can start seamlessly and painlessly conserving water at home.
There will be a day when we will not think of buying a house without knowing how it uses energy, just as the day came when we would not invest in a house without an inspection.
Suzuki isn't selling toothpaste or funky wire glasses in those goofy public service ads. He is hawking the future, one energy efficient light bulb at a time.
At 55 bucks, the Aube thermostat pays for itself in under four months. After that you'll be saving $15 a month forever, without even noticing a difference in temperature. Pretty good.
If you think your entertainment center goes OFF when you turn it off, you are a trusting soul. In fact, your DVD player is still ON, running its bright red clock all night long. Your Wiitm remotes are still ON, waiting for a chance to spring into action again...
Your house wants to be efficient. Really. Just like my body wants to be in shape...
When we look at the big picture, we realize we don't really want gadgets. We want tools. And we want them to be practical, usable and efficient.
We are thrilled to see that a new tool for measuring and sharing energy data came out the winner in the Greener Gadgets design competition.