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December 22, 2010

60 Homes Get Velux Solar Water Heating

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On average, water heating is the second largest energy expenditure behind heating and cooling, according to information on the Energy Star website.  Folks spend anywhere from $400-$600 per year on water heating, so it's a good area to scrutinize when trying to save energy at home.  In South Carolina, thanks to a grant from the state energy office, 60 homes received a shiny, new Velux solar water heating system to showcase the benefits of this technology. 

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Egle LED Table Lamp from Artemide

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Artemide recently introduced a refined, energy-efficient table lamp called Egle, which has adjustable direct LED lighting and is available in polished white, black, or chrome finishes. Notice the concave base, a feature included in the lamp by designer Michel Boucquillon for two reasons. It can hold tiny objects and spreads light when the lamp is adjusted downward.

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December 14, 2010

Energy-Efficient Wood Stoves by Morsø

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Whether you're looking to replace a drafty fireplace or utilize zone heating during the cold winter, perhaps an energy-efficient stove from Morsø should be considered and researched for your application.  The company offers several models -- small, large, traditional, or contemporary -- that are built in a low-impact manner with recycled materials. 

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LSG Unveils $30 60-Watt Equivalent LED

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Today Lighting Science Group announced that it has become the first U.S. company to domestically manufacture one million LED bulbs in less than a year.  With the announcement, LSG also unveiled a new omnidirectional A19 LED bulb as the one-millionth bulb.  The 60-watt replacement is 75% more efficient than an incandescent bulb and dimmable, mercury-free, and relatively affordable.

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December 10, 2010

Tracking the Sun with the Wattsun

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Let's say you can't put solar on your roof.  One option to tap into solar power would be to purchase a share of community solar.  Another option, depending on your land situation, would be a pole-mounted setup with system that tracks the sun.  Wattsun, the residential arm of manufacturer Array Technologies, offers a few such PV systems worth checking out. 

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December 01, 2010

Green Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gadgets

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This is the fourth part of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010,* which is a curated list of goods for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation.  This green gift guide has eight parts, which will be made available throughout the week.  Here are several eco-friendly gadget ideas to consider this holiday season.

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November 25, 2010

EnGuard Recycled PET Batt Insulation

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Alex Wilson, this year's winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, selected EnGuard Insulation by Vita Nonwovens as the BuildingGreen Product of the Week following Greenbuild in Chicago.  The 100% polyester insulation product is made with recycled plastic bottles, or, more specifically, 15% post-consumer and 35% pre-consumer recycled content. 

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November 23, 2010

60-Watt Equivalent LEDs for Below $40

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If you're looking for long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting, 60-watt replacement LEDs are on the way to big box retailers.  These lights screw in just like typical incandescents, but they use less than a quarter of the energy and have no mercury, unlike CFLs. 

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November 21, 2010

Top Ten Green Building Products [2010]

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For the ninth year in a row, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building ProductsBuildingGreen sifts the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen.  Here are seven products from the list to keep on the radar:

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November 19, 2010

NanaWall Unveils Bamboo Folding Doors

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NanaWall Systems, maker of beautiful folding door systems, just announced a partnership with Lamboo, maker of laminated bamboo, pursuant to which the companies will offer the first door system in the country with laminated bamboo framing.  The product will help contribute toward LEED certification in a number of areas, according to a press release.

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