Green Home Tech
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
The modern world doesn’t have enough skylights in buildings. Personally, I love them. Not only does it make interior space feel bigger, but it adds light without the need of any bulb. There’s much talk about green energy, conserving, and harvesting the sun’s rays for electricity; where’s the movement to punch holes in ceilings and more »
Philips’ new SlimStyle interior floodlight, the BR30 ($12.97), gives homeowners more options and brings LED efficiency to more fixtures in your home. Like the original SlimStyle bulb released at the beginning of this year, the SlimStyle BR30 has a streamlined slim shape and the uniform light distribution of an incandescent floodlight, without the bulky heat sink you more »
Multifunction tools by companies such as Leatherman, SOG, or Victorinox are quite popular in the gear/gadget world. Users gain the convenience of carrying less, while still being able to accomplish necessary or common tasks. Sure, such tools may not be specialized, but for most intents and purposes they get jobs done. Although doing more with less is not a new concept, a group at MIT has been taking it in an entirely different direction.