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.
Imagine you came across a little tree that sprung five dollar bills from its branches every month, forever. You would probably cough up a couple bucks. That's basically what we're talking about.
Babauta says, "Whatever your passion, pursue it with energy." Our take: pursue the energy. Straight up.
Of course it's good to fight for lofty goals, like limitations on industrial pollution. But for our own health we should recognize that our immediate environment likewise demands our attention, and that includes the air in our own home.
our homes, regardless of size and construction, are remarkably complex ecosytems of interrelated air flows, heat and cold, moisture, thermal barriers and electricity usage (to name a few.)
Last week the Clinton Foundation and the city of Los Angeles announced plans to retrofit 140,000 streetlamp fixtures with energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights over a five-year period...
I don't know what an energy-star sofa looks like. But if my daughter's teacher has any say in the matter, a bunch of 6th grade students are going to be hungering to find out.
There are two levels of sanity worth noting. The first is that much of our peak usage could be curtailed by changing our own behavior ever so slightly, or sprucing up the intelligence of our appliances so that they can do it on their own...
We don't have to build solar panels on every roof, and we can forgive ourselves for an inability to do everything at once. "This movement starts at home with the changing of a lightbulb ..."