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Happy Halloween!

I normally only post Monday to Friday, but since its a holiday I decided to do a quick post.

Check out Green Costumes for kids over at Inhabitat

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Awesome Table

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Tables are one of those things that are obviously very useful, but if you live in a tiny home, its a bit cumbersome to have one because they take up so much space.  Here is an innovative idea of how to get around the need for bulk furniture.

The table is actually cut from one piece of plywood, reducing the scrap waste that’s common to furniture production. The table is the brainchild of Italian eco designer Lodovico Bernardi.

-Apartment Therapy – Boston

Check it out here

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Ridgeblade Turbine

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One of the many issues of using alternative energy sources is simply getting permission or working around laws which had never perceived an instance where a person might put a windmill up, or a solar panel.  I know in the neighborhood I live in now, regrettably so,  they can force you into foreclosure (even when nothing is owed) if you put solar panels on your roof.  While there are some that question the legitimacy of such neighborhood covenants when it comes to solar and wind, there is often strong position.   Here is a concept that just was awarded 3/4 of a million dollars to take it to production.  This simply is a cap that goes on your ridge line and generates a power that way.  It is rather unobtrusive and you could probably get it past most home owners associations. ridgeblade2

Instead of creating a free-standing turbine that sticks out for all the neighbors to see, The Power Collective designed its long-bladed turbine to fit in along the ridge of a roof, where wind currents are strongest. The Ridgeblade packs a powerful punch, too — it has the wind-capturing potential of a medium sized turbine.

Check them out here

11 Low Energy Cooking Tips

Cooking with WineEvery single week day, people come back home after a day of work and almost simultaneously start using lots of energy intensive-things; they turn on the television, the computer, turn on the lights if it’s dark, they plug in their cell phones and gadgets… And then they start cooking food.

We’re all getting more aware of our energy consumption when it comes to cars (hybrids and electric cars are getting more popular) and to lighting (compact fluorescents took over in only a few years), but most of us are still in the dark when it comes to energy-efficient cooking. Here’s a few common sense tips to get your started on the road to low energy cooking.

1. Hot and Cold
The first thing that you should become aware of around the kitchen is hot & cold. It takes a lot of energy to cool something down, and it takes a lot of energy to heat it up. That’s where the savings can be made.

For example, don’t leave the fridge or freezer door open longer than necessary. When the cold air escapes, this means that your fridge or freezer will have to work overtime to bring the temperature back down. Conversely, don’t use more hot water than you need to. Don’t boil a big pan full of water if you only need a little bit!

2. Size Matters
When heating something, make sure that the heat actually goes where you want it to. This means that you should be careful to match your pots and pans to the appropriate burners on your range. Otherwise a lot of the energy you’re using is just heating up the air in your kitchen (which can mean that the A/C has to work overtime in the summer, further wasting energy).

3. Consolidate: One-Pot-Meals are Your Friend
Another great low energy cooking tip is to cook one-pot meals such as casseroles, soups, stews and stir-fries. It’s easy to see why they save energy compared to recipes that require you to use two, three or even 4 burners at the same time. You can find a variety of one pot meal ideas here.

4. Consolidate: Schedule Your Baking
Whenever possible try to bake multiple things at the same time if there’s enough space in your oven and the recipes call for the same baking temperature, or one after the other all on the same day. That way you only have to warm up the oven once, and you benefit from the residual heat left over from the previous recipe.

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Recycle Locally

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This concept is pretty interesting, its a recycles bin that takes the paper and creates a trash bin out of the paper.  its an interesting solution to trash can liners, these could be used instead until they start to break down and can be recycled normally.  here is what Yanko Design had to say

Imagine putting all your unwanted trash papers into this recycle bin, and it spits out a trendy trash bin or stool made out of that same discarded paper. Call it Origami magic or Paper Mache wonders, but I think it’s an awesome game plan. The paper dumped into the Waste Paper Recycle Trash Bin gets mixed with “668 polyvinyl alcohol environment cement”, and is compressed into the trash-bin form.

The recycle bin for its eco-conscious, part features a touchscreen navigation display, a slot on the top for you to slide in the paper sheets, a cement-mixture-pouring-in compartment and thermovents at the back. The body is constructed out of aluminum and biodegradable plastics, but its unclear how the system runs or how does it source its power.

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