Yes, you love your technology
. No, you won't part with any of it simply because the cords bug you. But oh how they bug you. Well, you don't have to consign yourself to glaring at the continuous stream of cords throughout your house as you work.
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August 26th, 2010 in Electrical
Everyone wants to make their home more energy efficient, but most have no idea where to start. That’s where home energy audits come in handy. By completing a DIY audit or hiring a professional home energy auditor, you can begin cutting your energy dependence and lowering utility bills at the same time.
Here’s how to get started.
Do-it-yourself audits are quick and easy, as long as you have your last 12 months of utility bills handy. Using the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick, you can compare your home’s energy efficiency with other homes across the country with a few standard questions (square footage, number of occupants in your home, etc.). Based on the results, Energy Star will provide suggestions to decrease your household energy consumption. ...read full post →
We get a lot of questions from readers about energy efficient lighting, mainly about the savings in electricity bills, difference in lighting quality, and durability over the long term. Here's an excellent (and brief!) video explaining the basics of smart home lighting systems. The creator is Randall Whitehead, author and lighting designer extraordinaire.
If you have any more questions for us, feel free to comment below. Enjoy!
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Even if you think your design skills are minimal and should be limited to LEGO blocks, Yanko Design believes that everyone harbors an inner style genius. Yes, even you.
The TwistTogether Lamp comes with a set of four blocks that can be maneuvered and placed any way you want. The possibilities are endless, especially with more than one set. They even come in two colors, "Chocolate" or "Candy." ...read full post →
Looking for a way to add creativity and flair to your kitchen? Enter Jar Lights. The jar light is a product that is exactly what the title suggests—a light in a jar. Produced by TBD, a company that is a locus of innovation and artistic beauty, jar lights are a marriage of ingenuity, aesthetics, and efficiency.
Jar lights are made from a typical canning jar—a mere 22 oz. glass jar. The jars are extremely durable, designed to withstand extremely high heat and thermal fluctuation. They are engineered in such a way that they are virtually unbreakable, making them a perfect choice for housing a light unit. Affixed to the jar is a special steel assembly and tube light bulb. The lid of the jar can be removed from the bottom to easily change the bulb.
The dimensions of the jar light are 8.5 inches in height and 2.5 inches in width. They hang as a pendant from the ceiling and come with a canopy ceiling kit. Each is hand-assembled. ...read full post →