House & Home

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”...

Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market

 What if energy “agents” could help us make better choices to cut costs and save the planet? Read More

Mercedes home batteries are a potential rival for Tesla’s Powerwall

 The batteries developed for the high demands of all-electric Mercedes-Benz cars are finding a new application as in-home energy storage units. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s a lot like the Tesla Powerwall. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced that the storage units are being manufactured by its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE (Daimler has a real love...

Build Your Own Movie Screen for Summer Backyard Parties

Making your own screen for backyard movie viewings saves you money over buying an expensive screen, and makes warm weather entertaining easy. Here’s how to put your own together with just a couple hours of work and a few supplies.http://lifehacker.com/5815462/this-d...This movie screen and frame is meant to be easy to disassemble for storage or...

Comfy raises $12 million for app to end office thermostat wars

 Building Robotics Inc., better known as Comfy, raised $12 million in Series B funding for building automation software that helps companies save energy on office air conditioning while gathering employee-contributed data about the use and occupancy of a workspace. Emergence Capital led the investment, joined by real estate services company CBRE and Microsoft Ventures. According to...

Permission granted to transform disused reservoir into modern eco-home – Builder and Engineer

Permission granted to transform disused reservoir into modern eco-homeBuilder and EngineerA Sussex design and planning consultant and his clients are celebrating after gaining planning approval to turn a disused reservoir site in Maresfield into a post-modern home. Hailsham-based Glenn Moore of Glenn Moore Associates is well known for his ...

Ludlow's 'hobbit house' appeal lost – shropshirestar.com

shropshirestar.comLudlow's 'hobbit house' appeal lostshropshirestar.comAn appeal to build a cutting-edge “hobbit house” eco-home into a steep bank in a Shropshire town has been lost. The planned 'eco house'. 9. Comments. The “earth-sheltered” house, planned for the Linney, Ludlow, was hoped to be built as an example of an ...

KitchenAid Finally Made a Smaller Mixer For Your Cramped Kitchen – Here's the First Discount

KitchenAid Mini, $280Owning a KitchenAid is a rite of passage for anyone that likes to cook and bake, but if you don’t have a ton of counter space to spare, they can take up more space than they’re worth. Luckily, a new, smaller KitchenAid model recently hit the market, and Amazon’s offering the first...

Eco-friendly Earthship to be new home for Six Nations grandmother – CBC.ca

CBC.caEco-friendly Earthship to be new home for Six Nations grandmotherCBC.caFlower Doxtador lifts her plywood gate, shuffles past a pair of grandchildren and enters her white and blue trailer on the Six Nations reserve near Brantford. "It's pretty cramped right now," she said. "There's seven of us here." The two-bedroom ...

The 90s Guilty Pleasures Playlist

If you turned on a radio at any point in the 90s—and you probably did since Pandora hadn’t been invented yet—you’ll know some of the songs on this guilty pleasures playlist. Even if you want to pretend you don’t.This playlist, from Spotify user Patrick Mahan, features over a hundred earworms from the 90s, from...

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