Green Appliances

How to Green Your Spring Cleaning with Technology

How to Green Your Spring Cleaning with Technology

It's that time of year again! Spring is the perfect time to brush away the dustbunnies, thrust open the windows and refresh your whole house. But as you may know, the tools and cleansers available to help

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Smart Meters Hit Bumps in the Road

Smart Meters Hit Bumps in the Road

Smart meters — utility meters that provide detailed, real-time information on energy use — promise an easy way to bring down residential power consumption. They help consumers sniff out energy hogs

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Green Laundry 101: Green Your Laundry Room

Green Laundry 101: Green Your Laundry Room

Most people would love it if their laundry rooms could be more efficient and frankly, more attractive - we hate spending time in there, but when we do, we might as well enjoy it, right? Luckily, the world

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Toshiba Kills Incandescent Bulb Production

Toshiba Kills Incandescent Bulb Production

Yesterday, Toshiba ended its manufacture of mass-market incandescent light bulbs--bulbs that use a ton of energy, burn out quickly and pale in comparison in terms of energy efficiency to CFLs and LEDs.

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Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

How do you create effective lighting when there’s no way to get to the grid? Leave it to a couple of ingenious designers to come up with a beautiful and self-sufficient bamboo lighting system! Designed

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Outlet Regulator Spits Out Greedy Electronic Devices

Outlet Regulator Spits Out Greedy Electronic Devices

Are you sickened by the amount of power that’s consumed by all of the electronics in your life? This Outlet Regulator sure is, and it’s certainly not going to hold back any of its feelings. A working

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Faltazi Envisions the Eco Kitchen of the Future

Faltazi Envisions the Eco Kitchen of the Future

This green Ekokook kitchen by Faltazi design is one of the most well-researched culinary concepts we have seen. Ekokook proposes that in the future, the general public will strive to become

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Cut out Vampire Power With the Fair Energy Clock

Cut out Vampire Power With the Fair Energy Clock

By now you probably know that your gadgets still suck power from the grid when they are plugged in but not turned on -- this phantom power drain can cost you hundreds of dollars a year. But how are the

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MIT’s Digital Food Printer Creates Nutritious Meals

MIT’s Digital Food Printer Creates Nutritious Meals

Here’s an interesting thought: What if eating greener and more sustainably meant printing your meals? Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran, a couple ingenious minds at MIT, have come up with a way to do just

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Solar-Powered Camel Clinics Carry Medicine Across the Desert

Solar-Powered Camel Clinics Carry Medicine Across the Desert

Kenya's camels recently started sporting some unusual apparel: eco-friendly refrigerators! Some of the African country's camels are carrying the solar-powered mini fridges on their backs as part of a test

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Sleek Sink/Toilet Combo is an All-in-One Greywater Recycling System

Sleek Sink/Toilet Combo is an All-in-One Greywater Recycling System

We spotted this fancy multi-tasking toilet/sink by Roca at the London Design Festival. It's obviously compact and perfect for any loft space or small apartment, and its sleek design houses a nifty

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ENTREPRENEURBIA: Rezoning the suburbs for a sustainable future

ENTREPRENEURBIA: Rezoning the suburbs for a sustainable future

They say that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', and nowhere is this more true than in the world of design. Oftentimes it doesn't matter how brilliant an idea is, if it can't be visualized

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Dual Flush Toilet Is a Sink and Greywater System in One

Dual Flush Toilet Is a Sink and Greywater System in One

Hopefully most of us already have low water flow toilets installed in our homes, but what about all-in-one greywater systems? The Caroma Profile Smart Dual Flush is a 2-in-1 sink and toilet system that

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IS IT GREEN?: The Compact Fluorescent Light

IS IT GREEN?: The Compact Fluorescent Light

Shortly after Al Gore debuted An Inconvenient Truth the general public started giving a damn about climate change -- at least superficially. And in a massive wave of effort to show off our new

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Stackable Lego Fridges Thwart Thieving Roomates

Stackable Lego Fridges Thwart Thieving Roomates

Does it drive you crazy when people stand in front of the fridge with the door wide open, letting all the cold air escape while they decide whether they want soda, oj, purple stuff or Sunny D? If so,

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Artica: Natural Cooling, Ventilation and Heat Recovery System

Artica: Natural Cooling, Ventilation and Heat Recovery System

As the mercury rises, there is nothing better than retreating into a cool, air-conditioned room -- but between toxic coolant gases and energy use, what does a cooling system cost the environment?

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Virtually Waterless Washing Machine Cuts Water Use by 90%

Virtually Waterless Washing Machine Cuts Water Use by 90%

Xeros Ltd. is on the verge of saving us a LOT of water. Their new washing system (prototype stage) uses nylon beads to tumble wash clothes with 90% less water than conventional washers. The machine also

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VegaWatt: Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel

VegaWatt: Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel

While there's still some guilt to be had when indulging in a deep-fried take-out, if the restaurant is equipped with a VegaWatt oil converter you can claim you're only doing it to help the environment. A

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Soil Powered Lamp: A Fresh Take on “Dirty Energy”

Soil Powered Lamp: A Fresh Take on “Dirty Energy”

Soil naturally contains energy conducive metals like zinc, copper and iron, and microbial fuel cells (sometimes referred to as an earth batteries) are capable of converting electrolytes in soil into

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Ceramic Water Filters Win IWA Award for Cambodia

Ceramic Water Filters Win IWA Award for Cambodia

As populations in developing nations increase alongside global pollution and the spread of water-borne illnesses, the need for clean and efficient water filtration has never been more urgent. Recently,

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Green Home 101: “Greenovating” Your Kitchen

Green Home 101: “Greenovating” Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home. The average American spends three to five hours a day in the kitchen – preparing food, eating, hanging out, entertaining, standing in front of the fridge (with the

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The WaterMill Produces Fresh Drinking Water out of Thin Air

The WaterMill Produces Fresh Drinking Water out of Thin Air

What if we could, like mythical alchemists, change stone into gold; or like Superman, make coal into diamonds by squeezing it with our bare hands? In possession of such powers might we choose to create

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GREEN PLUG: The Global Energy-Efficient Power Adapter

GREEN PLUG: The Global Energy-Efficient Power Adapter

Every year the Consumer Electronic's Show (CES) raises the bar for must-have gadgets and appliances of the coming year. Whether or not 2008's CES will be greener than ever won't be evident until all of

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Samsung Launches New Low Energy 31″ OLED TV

Samsung Launches New Low Energy 31″ OLED TV

Walking the showroom floor at CES this year, we're overwhelmed by the products on display, but underwhelmed by the lack of design innovation from a sustainability perspective. However, one innovation

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REFRIGERATORS POWERED BY MAGNETS!

REFRIGERATORS POWERED BY MAGNETS!

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have invented a new method of magnetic cooling technology that brings a whole new meeting to refrigerator magnets. Scientists have been able to drop the

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GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Coffee Makers

GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Coffee Makers

Overall, coffee machines and espresso makers are not the greatest energy drains on our monthly electric bill, so the green options are more subtle and complex than choosing a washer/dryer or refrigerator.

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GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Dishwashers

GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Dishwashers

The dishwasher is a modern convenience that saves us hours of cleaning and drying time, not to mention pruny dishpan hands. But is the dishwasher an extravagance in our eco-conscious age? You might be

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AIRWASH WATERLESS WASHING MACHINE

AIRWASH WATERLESS WASHING MACHINE

While the concept of dry-cleaning isn’t foreign, a waterless (and detergentless!) home washing machine sure sounds too good to be true for the green-minded consumer. Enter Airwash, the

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CYCLEAN BIKE-POWERED WASHING MACHINE

CYCLEAN BIKE-POWERED WASHING MACHINE

Turns out riding a bike can have more benefits than simply exercise or green-transportation... these days your pedal power can provide juice for your cell phone, the TV at your gym, and now even your

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GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Washers and Dryers

GREEN YOUR APPLIANCES! Washers and Dryers

We’ve enjoyed covering the surging interest in eco-fashion at Inhabitat – particularly new designers experimenting with bio-based materials and organic sources, produced with green and socially

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