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 Fastronauts Will Work

Kids are little bundles of energy, but their complex toys usually rely on batteries or wires for power. Could a toy somehow harness that bountiful childhood energy of motion?

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  • How FIPEL Bulbs Work
    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. See more »

  • How Gravity-powered Floor Lamps Will Work
    How Gravity-powered Floor Lamps Will Work

    Alternative energy usually means something is mined, refined, collected or grown. But gravity-powered floor lamps rely only on a force of nature -- and the strength of a human being. See more »

  • How Home Refueling Appliances Work
    How Home Refueling Appliances Work

    If you drive a compressed natural gas vehicle, you'll soon learn that fill-up stations are few and far between. Is there an alternative way to gas up these alternative-fuel vehicles? See more »

  • How Kill A Watt Works
    How Kill A Watt Works

    How much energy does your TV use when it's plugged in all night? How much power is your stereo system draining from the socket monthly? The Kill A Watt and other energy monitors help you find out. See more »

  • How LED Light Bulbs Work
    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. See more »

  • How Mobile Energy Management Systems Work
    How Mobile Energy Management Systems Work

    As part of managing your energy use, it's important to know how much electricity you're actually using, and your monthly electric bill may not tell the full story. See more »

  • How Motion-powered Electronics Work
    How Motion-powered Electronics Work

    From toothbrushes to iPhones, we fill our lives with a seemingly unending string of gizmos -- all of which depend on electricity to give us what we need to make it through the day. What if you could generate that power? See more »

  • How Portable Centrifugal Oil Cleaning Systems Work
    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. See more »

  • How Smart Power Strips Work
    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. See more »

  • How Soil Lamps Work
    How Soil Lamps Work

    Did you ever make a potato clock as a kid? If so, you already understand the basic principles that make a soil lamp work. See more »

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