HybridCenter: A Buyer’s Guide

by Justin Thomas •

HybridCenter is a good site to get the latest information on hybrid cars. The site features a Buyer’s Guide where you can compare cars based on your driving needs and price of gas in your state. They also have a Comparison Chart, where you can see how each car will perform, based on your driving habits. There’s also a comprehensive …

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Corn Stoves Are Hot Too

by Justin Thomas •

Corn burning stoves are similar to pellets stoves but use corn kernels as fuel instead. Most corn suppliers are located in the interior states, so these stoves are most useful in those areas. Corn is a fuel that burns clean and does not require a conventional chimney. You can vent corn stoves outdoors by using a type “L” or “B” …

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Radiant Flooring Is Sexy

by Justin Thomas •

Radiant flooring has been in use since the days of the Roman Empire when they channeled hot air under the floors of their villas. Basically, radiant systems heat an entire room evenly — not just in localized spots. It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts. Radiant …

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Efficient Pasta Cooker: Zevro Perfetto

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a promising product that will be introduced soon — the Zevro Perfetto is a pasta cooker said to save up to 70% of energy and up to 50% of water compared to cooking pasta in a traditional pot. Only about 32 fluid ounces (1 liter) of water is needed and there’s no need to stir or watch the pasta …

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Real-World Hybrid Mileage Reports

by Justin Thomas •

GreenHybrid.Com has a database of real-world mileage reports from hybrid car drivers. It now has statistics from over 1000 different cars in the database. The site also has an active discussion forum and a learning section where you can read about the basics of hybrid car technology.

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Top Rated Chef’s Knives

by Justin Thomas •

If you are going to be doing any kind of cutting in a kitchen, it is definitely worthwhile to invest in a quality chef’s knife. Experts say you don’t necessarily need to buy a lot of knives — a single quality chef’s knife can handle most cutting tasks. It’s generally agreed that the best knives are forged — a process …

Renewable: The “Square” Bamboo Bowl

by Justin Thomas •

This attractive bamboo bowl is made using the “vertical grain” or the side of the split bamboo pole. The dark border color is achieved by a steaming process that brings out the natural sugars in the bamboo, carmelizing it to a permanent stain. It’s priced at $40 and available from IKH

Strange Design: 360 Degree Island Sink

by Justin Thomas •

This curious sink from Elkay has its faucet positioned on an “island” in the center of the sink. Interesting idea — but it seems like the faucet would get in the way of washing. The only advantage we can think of is the 360° access to the faucet. Trendir reviews other curious fixtures for the home like this one. Elkay …

Intriguing Designs: Get Sticks by Extremis

by Justin Thomas •

Recently featured on MoCo Loco, “Get Sticks” are space dividers for indoor or outdoors. Designed by Hsu-Li Teo and Stefan Kaiser, the dividers come in separate modules that you arrange as you wish. The base is available in wood or recycled rubber with cork. The sticks are 6 feet (180 cm) high and are made of wood or fiberglass and …

High-Wire Hemp Jacket by Patagonia

by Justin Thomas •

Over the years, Patagonia has been honing their use of effective materials in their clothing design. They make use of natural materials which allow the regulation of temperature and moisture — this is something that synthetic materials cannot reproduce.