INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

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With Old Man Winter knocking at the door, households around the world are bracing for the inevitable spike in energy bills – but making your home more energy efficient could dramatically cut down on your heating costs. To help get you started, Heiton Buckley created an infographic that could help you save over a thousand dollars with over a dozen easy ways to conserve energy. Click through to see how leaks in your home are costing you money – and for a few recommended starter projects that could save big on your energy and heating bills.

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Green Studios Convert Bleak Beirut Rooftop into a Gorgeous Living Garden

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design's "GIY" Kits

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You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they are bringing that ability to the masses with their “grow-it-yourself” kits. The easy-to-use GIY kits contain everything you or someone on your holiday giftlist would need to create your own sustainably-made products using Ecovative’s signature mushroom material.

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House in Tatemachi's Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson's Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

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Design a Temporary Movie Theater for the City of Dakar For a Shot at $6,000 in Prizes

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Despite being home to 2.5 million residents, Senegal’s capital city of Dakar has nearly zero movie theaters. In response to the lack of cinemas, [AC-CA]™ launched an international architecture competition for the design of a contemporary and temporary movie theater in Dakar. In addition to fulfilling the functional requirements of a temporary theater, submitted designs should be sensitive to the surrounding neighborhood and cultural environment, promote livability in the community, and incorporate sustainable design principles. The competition is open to students and professionals, and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Late registration ends February 27, 2015 and the closing date for submissions is March 2, 2015. The winners will receive prizes totaling $6,000. There are no plans to construct the winning scheme.

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Fascinating Hungarian House of Music Acts an Instrument for Experiencing Rhythm and Melody

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

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Volkswagen SportWagen HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept Debuts at the LA Auto Show

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Low-Cost Lapdeck is a Recycled Cardboard Laptop Desk You Can Take Anywhere

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Despite all the buzz about standing desks, there are still times when you want to sit down somewhere comfortable, like in bed or on the couch, and work on your laptop. Of course, laptop desks have been around a long time, but they’re usually bulky and expensive. Now that laptops are lighter than ever – enter the Lapdeck: a laptop desk made of recycled corrugated cardboard, so it’s recyclable, lightweight and portable. Its creator says the Lapdeck’s cantilevered design makes it plenty sturdy for supporting your laptop (or even a 25-pound laser printer) as long as it’s on a soft surface. Factor in the Lapdeck’s low price and compact design and it’s easy to keep one handy when a typical laptop desk just wouldn’t work, such as while traveling. Lapdeck is on Kickstarter right now, and is only $10 including shipping, or $25 for three. They’ll ship in time for the holidays too. Lapdeck is just a few thousand dollars short of its fundraising target, with until Tuesday 25 November to go, so check it out if you like comfortable emailing and Hulu-ing.

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Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

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Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but felt like you were unable to do so because of a lack of space? If so, Plantui’s Smart Garden could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Created in Finland, this hydroponic gardening system anyone to grow food plants up to 2 meters in height (think huge tomato plants, kale, and more!) without any soil. Toxin-free herbs, salad greens, and even edible flowers are all on the menu with this easy-to-use Smart Garden: it’s built with technology that recognizes the growth period of each plant and automatically adjusts its light and watering schedule to grow lush, verdant crops, all for about $30 worth of energy per yearThe Plantui Indiegogo campaign is now in full swing, so you can score one of these beauties of your very own.

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Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

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There may be a lot of hype surrounding NYC’s swanky new highrises, but what about the buildings that date as far back as 1765? This interactive map by Morphocode pays homage to these time-tested structures by revealing the age of every (and we mean every) building in Manhattan. Not only does the mapping tool give insight on the history of these buildings, it also shows the evolution of entire neighborhoods, too. Learn more about this handy tool here.

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Norway's Gorgeous New Passport Reveals a Hidden Secret Under UV Light

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Oslo-based design company Neue has just won the competition for the design of Norway’s new passport. The winning entry is sleek, minimalist and captures the country’s gorgeous natural environment. Landscapes drawn on the pages transform under UV light to reveal vistas of the Northern Lights in the night sky. The competition jury praised the design for its simplicity and distinctive look.

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

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Homemade gifts are always appreciated by recipients, and food gifts are as much fun to give as they are to make. Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to artichoke hearts, keep those jars so you can fill them with homemade epicurian delights and share them with your nearest and dearest. Here are 10 fabulous recipes for edible vegan gifts that will please any palate, plus suggestions on how to decorate those upcycled jars before giving them away!

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Mercedes-Benz Reveals Its Car Interior of the Future

Mercedes-Benz Reveals Its Car Interior of the Future

Autonomous cars represent a future in which cars will be able to drive to your desired destination with little input beyond entering an address into the GPS system. Since drivers and…

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

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The sports complex will house two soccer fields, reception area, administration offices, a café, viewing galleries, sports store, private entertainment space, and locker rooms for…

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Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los…

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for hydrogen cars - Toyota is set to launch its newly unveiled Mirai fuel cell vehicle next year in California, and Honda just announced plans to…

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WeWOOD's Kappa Nut is a Handsome Watch Made From 100% Natural Walnut

WeWOOD's Kappa Nut is a Handsome Watch Made From 100% Natural Walnut

Wooden watch brand WeWOOD recently launched the Kappa Nut, their latest addition to their line of natural wooden watches. Made from 100% natural walnut, the Kappa Nut is hypoallergenic…

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First Passengers Ride on Japan's 311mph 'Floating' Maglev Train!

First Passengers Ride on Japan's 311mph 'Floating' Maglev Train!

The first 100 passengers hopped aboard Japan's new blazing fast 'floating' Maglev train last week. The Series L0 train developed by Japan’s JR Central Railway Company is set to go…

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