Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

by Justin Thomas •

Dimmable compact fluorescents are available, they are usually made with “cold cathode” technology. You can find dimmable bulbs here on Amazon. There’s a 12 pack available here, and a dimmable compact fluorescent spotlight here. 1000 Bulbs also sells a wide range of dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs

Inexpensive, Non-Toxic Solvent: Washing Soda

by Justin Thomas •

Washing soda is an efficient substitute for conventional toxic solvents. It cuts grease, cleans petroleum oil, removes wax, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does. Washing soda is sodium carbonate — it is in the same family as baking soda, but it has been processed differently. It is much more caustic/alkaline, with a pH of 11, …

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Portable Pen For All Environments: The Inka Pen

by Justin Thomas •

The Inka Pen attaches to a keyring and has a lightweight, stainless steel design. Using a pressurized ink cartridge, it writes at any angle, temperature, altitude and even underwater. The pen is made in the U.S. and has a lifetime warranty. Available from Amazon for $11.

Efficient Repurposing: Twist & Spout

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a way to reuse virtually any soda or water bottle with a screw-on cap. It’s called the Twist & Spout, and it comes in two varieties. Use the Garden style to create a watering can. Use the Kitchen style to make those two-liter soda bottles easy to handle. A set of two is available from Perpetual Kid for $5.99.

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Efficient Power Adaptor: PowerSquid

by Justin Thomas •

This piece of electrical cordage is called a PowerSquid. It lets you connect multiple devices, even with big power converters, to a single outlet. It even has its own home page. They also have version that incorporate surge protection and other electrical interference. Available from Amazon for $11.99

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Steam Cleaning Washer For the Home

by Justin Thomas •

This washer from LG Electronics uses steam to clean your clothes. Steam washers are common in the industrial world, but this is the first one available for the home. LG says the washer “remove creases from your garments, eliminating the need for ironing” and steam-cleaning “reduces shrinkage and extends the life of your threads”. They also claim it uses 35% …

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Now Available: Very Efficient: Toilet Lid Sinks

by Justin Thomas •

These sinks are finally available in the U.S. They sit atop your toilet and replace the lid. When you flush the toilet, the clean water that would go straight down the toilet is first routed up through a spigot to dispense pure water for hand washing. The sink shut off automatically when the toilet has been filled. It saves on …

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Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers

by Justin Thomas •

Self-watering container gardens are an efficient method of growing. You can go on vacation and not have to worry that your tomatoes will be wilted when you get back. Ed Smith, the author of Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers, became fascinated with the possibilities of self-watering containers and began testing dozens of vegetables in various containers, experimenting with nutrients, soil …

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Tumi Electrical Adaptor for Travel

by Justin Thomas •

From Tumi comes this device that combines many electrical adaptors into one. It has configurations for 120 countries, all in one unit. Available from: Tumi ($50)

Efficient Materials: Tube+9 Lounge Chair

by Justin Thomas •

The Tube+9 Lounge chair was designed with the user, environment, and budget in mind while maintaining a modern of the times feel and appearance. This chair achieves this by using materials that are either recycled or recyclable. The frame is constructed from a 3’x4′ sheet of plywood cut into 1/8″ strips, laminated and formed from one single formwork for both …