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The Three Fundamental Flaws Of The Modern Toilet

by Justin Thomas •

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My unwinking, analytical gaze of efficiency now turns to the toilet. Unfortunately, the design of the modern Western toilet is highly inefficient, in fact, it is so inefficient that it is actually harming our health. The modern toilet has only been around for about 150 years — the “porcelain throne” was created to “give dignity” to the water closet, rather …

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The Best Shower Filter

by Justin Thomas •

Note: Please stop read this article, and read our updated shower filter article instead I wanted to post an update on my quest for the best shower filter. I received a lot of useful comments on my last shower filter post, and I’ve also tested a couple of new shower filters.

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New Rooftop Wind Turbine Tested: The Helyx

by Justin Thomas •

Recently, I wrote about the low-profile Aerotecture wind turbines, which are designed to be installed on the rooftops of city buildings. Now I’ve heard of another rooftop wind turbine under development. It’s called the Helyx Wind Generator, and it’s composed of two twisted wings of fiberglass that rotate around a vertical axis. The turbine is also colored bright green, which …

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The Best Water Filters Of 2010

by Justin Thomas •

There are a lot of misleading claims about water filters. Many filters are marketed with general statements like “improves taste and odor”. But filter manufacturers don’t mention the specific amount of pesticides or chloramines removed, for example.

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$2 Billion Wind Turbine Order Is Largest Ever

by Justin Thomas •

Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has placed an the largest ever order for wind turbines: he ordered 667 wind turbines from GE, each costing $3 million dollars, making the total order $2 billion. Pickens plans to develop the world’s largest wind farm in the panhandle of Texas.

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How To Filter Your Drinking Water Very Efficiently

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching how to filter drinking water effectively. Originally, I was interested in filtering the rainwater that falls on my roof. But I had to put that project on the back burner for now. During my research I noticed that there is little unbiased information available on water filters and filtration techniques.

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Soap Nuts: Natural Detergent

by Justin Thomas •

We always like to discover innovative, plant-based products that are being introduced into the marketplace. Take for example, Soap Nuts which are an organic, eco-effective alternative to detergent. The powder is made from the sun-dried fruit of Sapindus Trifoliatus trees in south eastern India which is ground into a fine powder. Nothing further is added to the powder, and it …

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Costa Rica Is 99% Powered By Renewable Energy

by Justin Thomas •

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Costa Rica is a country rich with renewable energy. In fact, it gets about 99% of all its electrical energy from clean sources, and it’s aiming to be the first country to become carbon neutral (more about that below). Some of Costa Rica’s energy sources include geothermal energy, the burning of sugarcane waste and other biomass, solar and wind energy. …

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Chlorine Alternatives For Efficient Swimming Pools

by Benjamin Roman •

Cannonball! Jumping into a swimming pool is a classic way to beat the heat on a hot summer day. But clean pool water requires a combination of filtration, circulation, and sanitization. Chlorine has long been the most common tool for keeping pools free of bacteria and algae – but it has its drawbacks, and there are alternatives.

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The Best Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers Of 2016

by Justin Thomas •

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In A Nutshell Here are my recommendations for the best rechargeable AA batteries: If you want the best energy capacity (2500 mAh) — get the Eneloop Pro If you want maximum recharge capacity (2100 times) — get the 4th Generation Panasonic Eneloops (800 mAh) If you want to save some money and don’t mind a little less performance from your …