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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5 Energy-hungry Appliances

Sure, your hair dryer or toaster sucks up a lot of kilowatt-hours during the short time it's on, but what are the truly big drains on your home energy budget?

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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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