The Bardessono Inn: 93% Of Construction Waste Reused

Bardessono Inn Green Hotel

In Napa Valley, the newly opened Bardessono Inn and Spa is perhaps the greenest luxury hotel in the country. There are several innovative features that make Bardessono a model for green builders. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that 93 percent of the Bardessono’s construction waste was recycled — an unusally high amount. Materials like […]

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The Best Portable Car GPS Navigators Of 2010

GPS Car Navigators: A Comparative Review

In the past five years or so, one of the handiest applications of GPS technology has been the development of portable GPS navigators designed to go into a car to help a driver navigate as she drives.

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Dahon Jack: An Inexpensive, Folding, Full-Size Bike

Dahon Jack Urban Utility Bike

The Dahon Jack folding bike. It weighs 28.4 pounds (or 12.9 kg). I’ve treated this bike harshly for a year now, and I haven’t had any problems with it. It costs $459. The Dahon Espresso. It has 21 gears instead of 8. It weighs 13.3 kg (or 29.3 lb). I’m currently testing this bike — […]

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World’s Brightest Single LED Flashlight: Neofab Legion II

Update: There are now many other LED flashlights that exceed this one, see my article the Brightest LED Flashlights. A triumph of careful thought, detailing and thorough testing, the Neofab Legion II is a new single LED flashlight that is said to produce a whopping 742 lumens. If accurate, this light will be the brightest single-LED […]

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SmartSwitch Takes Human Error Out Of The Energy Efficiency Equation

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The quest for low-impact, efficient living is often at odds with the human flaws of sheer laziness and absentmindedness. This couldn’t be more poignantly-illustrated than in an average American home. Much electricity is wasted each and every day by very simple, avoidable behavior. One of the most common examples is the vast amounts of electricity that are […]

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