Sustainable Technologies at Home

Sustainable technologies at home allow individuals to live their lives without producing unnecessary waste and pollution. They may cost a bit more up-front, but will help the Earth and save you money in the long run.

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How Portable Centrifugal Oil Cleaning Systems Work

Left unchecked, friction between the moving parts of an engine would turn it into an inert piece of sculpture. Clean, filtered oil keeps the parts moving with relatively little resistance.


How FIPEL Bulbs Work

Imagine a different kind of light bulb, one that lasted as long as a fluorescent bulb, but without the buzz, as energy-efficient as a CFL but with a more pleasing light. Meet the FIPEL bulb.

How Water-powered Clocks Work

We live in a universe of clocks. The technology may not sound as dependable as your cell phone alarm clock, but humans have turned to water-powered clocks for more than three and a half millennia.

Top 5 Solar-powered Gadgets

Electronics use a lot of juice. So what's an environmentally responsible citizen to do? Going solar might just be the answer.

Top 5 Green Gadgets

There is no accepted standard of what makes a "green" gadget. With that in mind, here are five devices that do not use any energy at all or that find novel ways to rethink a common gadget while also making environmental improvements.

Top 5 Things You Can Do to Compute Greener

If you're like most folks, you spend a few hours a day on the computer. What changes can you make to save power without compromising the way your work?

How Ecodrain Works

When you take a shower, the hot water moves quickly from the showerhead down the drain. What if you could reclaim that wasted heat to warm up new water?

How Smart Power Strips Work

If you turn off the lights in your computer room, you'll probably see the glowing eyes of vampire electronics peering back at you. A smart power strip can help you cut down on how much energy they waste.

How LED Light Bulbs Work

While many of us are phasing out our incandescents for CFLs one bulb at a time, there might be a third contender on the market soon enough. LEDs are making the shift from your headlights to your bedside lamps.

How Solar Air Conditioners Work

Solar air conditioners take advantage of the sun at its brightest and use its energy to cool you during the hottest part of the day. What are we waiting for?

How Zero-energy Homes Work

What if your net power usage was zero? Some homes combine energy efficiency with their own power plants to end up consuming no energy at all.