First 100% Solar Powered Community In California Opens

Solara is the first apartment community in California to be fully powered by the sun. The 56-unit apartment community, which opened yesterday, has some pretty impressive green features. The community has rooftop solar arrays that provide 140 kilowatts of power in total. The solar panels provide 100% power for the entire residential complex, and, on some days, provides surplus electricity …

The Best Toasters of 2014

What makes a toaster efficient? Read through reviews of popular toasters, and you’ll see that many people seem to care more about the bells and whistles — automatic lowering of bread, pleasant dings when toasting is complete, and the like — than anything else.

100% Electric Aptera Unveiled

I first mentioned the Aptera last year, when it was being test driven. This car’s eye-catching design isn’t just for show — it’s designed to be a very, very efficient vehicle. Just check out the video below you’ll see what I’m talking about: Much like a jet, the shape of the Aptera is designed to be highly aerodynamic.

Efficient Green Home by Wired

Wired Magazine has teamed up with LivingHomes to create an efficient green house called the WIRED LivingHome. LivingHomes is already known for designing cutting-edge, modern green homes. The 4057 square foot house will have a 4 kilowatt solar power system and be outfitted with efficient appliances. Green building materials will be used throughout. It will be located in the modernist …

Danish Island Is Energy Self-Sufficient

The goal of the Danish island of Samso, home to about 4000 people, is to power their island with completely green power. They heat their homes with grass burned in a central heating system. Their electric come from the wind, and they power their vehicles on biofuel which they also grow. Since 1998, Samso began converting its energy into renewable …

Stunning Pacific IF Mode Bike Folds Flat, Really Flat

The Pacific IF (integrated folding) Mode bike is a sleek combination of efficiency and artistry. Designed by the same people who brought us the Strida bike, the IF Mode features a svelte look without all the clutter of a traditional folding bike. Pacific Cycles has created this bike with the reluctant commuter or reluctant folding bike commuter in mind by …

The Best Studio Headphones: The Sennheiser HD-580

Update: This headphone is no longer being manufactured but the Sennheiser HD-555 is a comparable headphone for under $100. Ah, the Sennheiser HD-580 — this is one of the best rated headphones of the last 10 years. The Sennheiser HD-580 has been lauded by stereophile magazines for it stellar sound quality and durability. It’s a comfortable set of ‘phones with …

Bidet Seats: More Efficient Than Toilet Paper

Bidets are those devices that spray water (and sometimes air) on your posterior. They are more hygienic than toilet paper, and save you money in the long run. In Japan, high-tech bidets called Washlets are now the most popular electronic equipment being sold — 60% of households have them installed. In Venezuela they are found in approximately 90% of households. …

Amazing Green Building: The ACROS Fukuoka

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In Fukuoka City in Japan, they have an amazing building called “ACROS Fukuoka” with two very distinct sides: one side looks like a conventional office building with glass walls, but on the other side there is a huge terraced roof that merges with a park. The garden terraces, which reach up to about 60 meters above the ground, contain some …