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Control lighting, privacy, temperature with TiltMyBlinds

Many of current home automation products involve the control of light. Some are wireless-enabled switches, while others are LED bulbs with Bluetooth built right in. But of the ones you could get and install today, none of them really manage any natural light in the home. That’s where TiltMyBlinds comes in. Most homes have the more »

Stack Alba light bulbs are smarter than smart

By now, we’re pretty familiar with smart bulbs and how they work. LED-powered bulbs – such as Lumen, LIFX, and Philips Hue – are wireless-enabled, use less energy, and sometimes can shift to any color of choice. But the real fun feature is being able to control them through mobile devices. Open the app, and more »

LG’s new curved OLED HDTV becomes first TV to achieve UL GREENGUARD Certification

UL Environment reports that it performed rigorous tests against the GREENGUARD Certification standard in its Marietta, Ga., laboratory, to confirm low emissions from the LG 55EC9300.

Eve automatically irrigates outdoor lawns, saves water

“Gold is the new green” could be California’s new state motto, considering the current, terrible drought conditions. As I look into my backyard, I see a patchwork of gold, brown, and green areas. In Sacramento, to aid water conservation, we get two watering days per week for a few hours each of those days. It’s more »

Sous vide like a pro with new WiFi enabled Nomiku

Cooking meals sous vide has gained much attention over the past couple of years. With all the episodes of Chopped and Iron Chef America I watch daily, I see this technique employed at least a few times a week. Why is it so popular? It’s all about time and control. The use of an immersion more »

Up your style with eco-friendly Get Together boombox

Consumers have quite the choice of speakers and audio systems to choose from. While the vast majority of them consist of plastic, silicone, and some metal, there are some that take a completely different approach to design. If your cozy living space is a little more laid back and a little less tech-modern, you certainly more »

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electroVine hides ugly cords with lush green ivy

I saw this the other day and thought it was a silly idea. An extension cord disguised as ivy vine? How cute. But as my day progressed, I couldn’t help but notice cords all around the house. Just to be clear, I’m the type that keeps cables wrapped, bundled, and hidden (when possible). But sometimes more »

Emberlight provides wireless smarts to regular bulbs

There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and more »

BrightSwitch automatically shuts lights off, saves energy at home

If you’re like me, minimizing resource waste is a lifestyle. I don’t overwater (good thing, since Sacramento has “water police”), I don’t overload the washer or dishwasher, and I hang clothes to dry in the oven that we call a garage (especially effective in the summer). But most importantly, I shut off lights when they’re more »

Monolyth improves AC units with control, energy savings

With the growing concerns about human’s environmental impact, many people are understanding that less can mean more. Less waste, less consumption, and less harvesting of finite resources means a better situation for every living thing on the planet. Even if you don’t believe that human activity has been contributing to climate change (although you should), more »

KitchenAid unveils greener dishwasher for efficiency, savings

Electricity bills can be a killer, especially if your energy company likes to spike prices during the hottest and/or coldest parts of the year. Some power companies have daily schedules, where energy costs during non-peak hours are less. So running appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers after-hours end up saving some money. But as more »

Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller now available at Home Depot

If you’re interested in a smarter, connected watering system, Rachio has launched its Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller. This controller replaces your old one with a simple swap and reconnecting of the low voltage zone wires. Launch the Iro app, available for iOS and Android, and you’ll be stepped through the process of syncing and zone setup.