House & Home

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...

Dwell on Design 2016: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles! – Inhabitat

InhabitatDwell on Design 2016: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!InhabitatTo get in on more LivingHomes goodness, visitors can sign up for Dwell on Design's Home Tours and visit the iconic original LivingHome which launched the brand in Venice, CA. (We covered and toured this house back in 2006!) This gorgeous eco...

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...

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.”...

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...

Of Course Australia Brings a Pool to an Architecture Exhibit

At the Venice Architecture Biennale, Australia is on a S.O.P. (Save Our Pools) mission. The post Of Course Australia Brings a Pool to an Architecture Exhibit appeared first on WIRED.

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

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...

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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