House & Home

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...

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...

Undercover Video Shows 'Hideous' Conditions At Maine Egg Facility

An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has revealed what the animal rights group describes as "shocking" conditions at an egg-production facility in Maine. An HSUS investigator filmed the footage, which was released earlier this week. "For one month we had a whistle-blower filming and found hideous animal cruelty and food safety issues," Paul...

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.”...

$1.84-million 'Hobbit' home in Canmore seeks eccentric buyer – The Globe and Mail (subscription)

The Globe and Mail (subscription)$1.84-million 'Hobbit' home in Canmore seeks eccentric buyerThe Globe and Mail (subscription)The result is an eco-home with a six-foot fall line on one side and a 40-foot fall line on the other, with the lowest of its three storeys, including the living, dining and deck areas, spilling out in front...

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...

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 ...

Edyn debuts smart water valve to put home gardens on autopilot

 Oakland, Calif.-based Edyn started selling a new, smart gardening device this week: an Internet-connected water valve that lets users irrigate their gardens or lawns automatically. The Edyn Water Valve uses data from the company’s Edyn Garden Sensor, a soil sensor, along with local weather systems, to adjust the moisture levels in the soil. If a user wants, they...

Father's Day Idea: Amazon's Top-Selling Tool Set Includes 170 Pieces For $80, Today Only

Crescent 170-Piece Tool Set, $80Mechanics tool sets rarely dip below $.50 per piece, but today’s Amazon Gold Box offers up a 170-piece kit from Crescent Mechanics for just $80. This would obviously make a great Father’s Day gift, but if you don’t already own a kit like this yourself, you’d be hard pressed to...

Clean Windows and Keep Them Streak-Free With the "Blue Rain" Method

Cleaning windows is a pain, especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain. The “Blue Rain” window cleaning method will keep your windows nice and clear in three steps.With this graphic from Rebecca Hill at Clera Windows, you’ll learn how to keep windows streak-free inside and out. All you need is...

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