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Solar Evacuated Tubes: Free Hot Water

by Justin Thomas •

For solar water heating in your home, there are basically two types of solar collectors: conventional flat-plate collectors and evacuated tube collectors. Evacuated tubes have a number of advantages: the work on overcast days, in colder weather, and the tubes can be installed and replaced individually without special tools.

Efficient “Scando” Family Table

by Justin Thomas •

The design of this Scando Family Table was inspired by the combination of Japanese living and watching how children relate to the floor in their daily activities. Designer Eric Pfeiffer created a table that is well crafted and multi-functional. The design makes use of wood efficiently using a single sheet of molded plywood. It’s priced at $315. Available from ModernSeed.

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“Indestructible” MP3 Player: Monolith Premium MX7000

by Justin Thomas •

Yes — manufacturers — make more devices like this one. The Monolith MP3 player is fused into a solid 1.5mm aluminium casing — not stuck together with glue or screws. It’s a unique manufacturing process pioneered by the manufacturer, Estar Laboratories. Testers have run the player over with a car, shot the player with a BB gun, thrown the player …

Satellite Radio Reviews

by Justin Thomas •

Satellite radio is a high quality radio service that is static free, mostly commercial free and currently censorship-free. Special satellite receivers, costing around $50 are needed to pick up the signal. The two satellite radio companies, Sirius Radio and XM Satellite Radio offer competing services, both costing $12.95 per month. CNET offers the best comparison review of the two services. …

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Reviews of Online DVD Rental Companies

by Justin Thomas •

What are the best online DVD rental services? Most people know Netflix, Blockbuster and Walmart are the major players in online DVD rentals. Netflix, which started it all, still gets the best reviews in terms of service, speed and movie selection (see this review for example). However, there are some other interesting DVD rental companies out there. GreenCine, based in …

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Lexon Dolmen LED Light

by Justin Thomas •

This efficient LED Light was created by designers Marco Pulga and Luca Artioli for Lexon of France. It runs on only 4 AA batteries. The lamp is 5″ square in size. The intensity of the light can be adjusted, and you can also set the light to turn off after period of time. Available for $60 from Greener Grass Designs …

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Smart LED Candle Light

by Justin Thomas •

We featured some LED candles from Phillips previously but these lamps are available for only $9.95. The LEDs inside this lamp simulate a real candle. It’s powered by three rechargeable or regular AAA batteries. Available from CB2. Found via Better Living Through Design.

Recycled Paper Journals

by Justin Thomas •

These classy journals are made from 100% post-consumer fibre. They have a perpetual calendar printed on the inside fold-out front cover. The journals measure 6” X 9″ and are filled with 200 pages of 24 lb. cream coloured paper which is processed without chlorine bleach. Availalbe for $14.55 from Grass Roots. Found via Great Green Goods.

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Staber Washer: Highly Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

The Staber Washer is good washer if you are interested in saving electricity, water and detergent. It is the only top loading, horizontal-axis clothes washer made in the U.S. It operates in a similar way to an efficient front load washer, but you get top loading convenience. Compared to conventional vertical-axis agitator washers, the Staber uses 66% less water, 50% …

Bamboo Chest

by Justin Thomas •

This chest, by Ecodesignz, is made out of strips of bamboo, and finished with a clear, low-glass lacquer. The bamboo laminate is made with E-1 glue, which meets tough European standards for outgassing. Ecodesignz furniture is virtually formaldehyde-free. Available for $245 from Ecodesignz.